Adventure, Laughter and a Whole Lot of Blue
Release Date: July 29, 2011
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, Hank Azaria, the voices of Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin, Kenan Thompson, Jeff Foxworthy, Wolfgang Puck, Paul Rubens
Audience: Older children to adults
Runtime: 86 minutes
Distributor: Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Entertainment
Director: Raja Gosnell
Producer: Jordan Kerner
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When the evil wizard Gargamel chases a select group of Smurfs out of their village, through a magic portal, and into our world, they land in New York City’s Central Park. Infatuated by the city but ignorant of all things human, the explorers, led by the distinguished and wise Papa Smurf must find a way to escape the clutches of their arch-nemesis (who wants them for their Smurf essence, from which he can make powerful potions) and get back home.
On a deeper level, the movie traces the coming-of-age and self-realization of Clumsy Smurf who, in spite of his inner call to greatness, just can’t ever seem to get things right. Although his brother and sister Smurfs love him in spite of his weaknesses, Clumsy is marginalized and not allowed to join in all the Smurf games, for fear that he will inadvertently hurt someone.
Shortly after arriving in New York, Clumsy gets separated from his friends and falls into a box belonging to Patrick Winslow, a young marketing executive, who takes him home. In a wonderful affirmation of family values and friendship, the other Smurfs vow to find Clumsy and rescue him, but instead end up scaring Patrick and his pregnant wife, Grace, out of their wits when they come face-to-face with the little blue creatures for the first time in their apartment.
Children will enjoy the simple, classic fairytale plot line as Gargamel chases the Smurfs from adventure to adventure around the Big Apple. At the same time, parents (especially those familiar with Peyo’s original stories) will no doubt enjoy reflecting upon how the fictional characters of their childhood still have a lot to teach about the value of sticking together, putting family first, and realizing that happiness cannot be measured in terms of financial or material success.
While the hybrid animation will not appeal to everyone and THE SMURFS gets a little frenetic at times, what ultimately comes through is the heart of the movie. Smurfs believe the best in everyone. At the end of the day, they will never hesitate to sacrifice their own happiness – even their life – to save a fellow Smurf. And, when it comes to the final battle for their freedom against the evil Gargamel, Papa Smurf and the whole clan have to recognize just how valuable the accident prone but heroically-hearted Clumsy can be. In the end, THE SMURFS affirms that human beings, like their little blue friends, are not defined by their weaknesses, whatever those might be, but by a transcendent and heroic capacity for love and self-sacrifice in times of need.
Children will enjoy the simple, classic fairytale plot line as Gargamel chases the Smurfs from adventure to adventure around the Big Apple. THE SMURFS gets a little frenetic at times, but what ultimately comes through is the heart of the movie. At the end of the day, the Smurfs will never hesitate to sacrifice their own happiness – even their life – to save a fellow Smurf.