Two of my kids and I saw a free movie screening of The Smurfs movie (Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation). As you can tell from the movie title, the film is about Smurfs. The Smurfs movie is a live action film with CGI Smurfs characters. The movie starts off in the magical world of the blue Smurfs. Gargamel, an evil wizard, hates the Smurfs. He finds the Smurfs’ village and chases some of them into a magical portal. The Smurfs and Gargamel are sucked in the portal and then end up in our world (New York). While in New York, the Smurfs are befriended by a couple of humans. The rest of the movie is mainly about the Smurfs trying to get back to their world, and Gargamel trying to capture the Smurfs. The Smurfs movie will be in theaters this Friday, July 29th.
Bottom line: I thought the movie was a little entertaining and a little funny (mostly kids humor). In my opinion, kids will like this movie a lot better than dads and moms. Of the three kids movies I’ve seen this year, I like Kung Fu Panda 2 the best, followed by Rio, and then the Smurfs. My eight-year old son, on the other hand, likes both the Smurfs and Rio better than Kung Fu Panda 2. He said he like the Smurfs and Rio about the same. My five-year daughter said she likes the Smurfs, but doesn’t know which movie she likes the best.
Here are six things about The Smurfs movie:
Smurfs = Care Bears + Wizard of Oz + Alvin and the Chipmunks
The kids and I have never seen the Smurfs before, so this was a new experience for us. While watching the movie, the Smurfs movie reminded me of the first Alvin and the Chipmunks movie. Except the Smurfs sing a lot less often in the movie. And when they do sing their Smurfs song, the la la la-la la la reminded me of the ha-ha-ha, ho-ho-ho of the Merry Old Land of Oz song. I also learned the Smurfs are named after their personality, which sounds a lot like the Care Bears and the seven dwarfs in Snow White.
Katy Perry kissed a Smurf and liked it
On the live action side, the movie features Neil Patrick Harris (Patrick Winslow — befriended the Smurfs), Hank Azaria (Gargamel — bad guy), Jayma Mays (Grace Winslow — Patrick’s wife), Sofía Vergara (Odile — Patrick’s boss), and Tim Gunn (Henri — Odile’s assistant). On the CGI side, the movie features the voices of Katy Perry (Smurfette — she sings I kissed a smurf and I liked it), Anton Yelchin (Clumsy), Jonathan Winters (Papa), George Lopez (Grouchy), Alan Cumming (Gutsy), Fred Armisen (Brainy), Kenan Thompson (Greedy), Jeff Foxworthy (Handy), John Oliver (Vanity), Wolfgang Puck (Chef), Gary Basaraba (Hefty), Paul Reubens (Jokey), B.J. Novak (Baker), Tom Kane (Narrator Smurf), John Kassir (Crazy Smurf), Joel McCrary (Farmer), and Frank Welker (Azrael). The Smurfs was directed by Raja Gosnell.
Don’t waste your money on 3D
If you have the money to pay extra for 3D, just send it to me and I’ll buy some donuts or something. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your smurfing money if you spend extra to see the 3D version of the Smurfs.
No need to pee in your seat
The movie is about 86 minutes long. Most kids should be able to make it through the movie without a restroom break. But if you have to go, you can go any time after Papa Smurf explains how they can return to their village (about a third way through the movie).
Extras appear right after the movie ends
You don’t have to wait long to see the extras. The film shows them right away. The extras are just some photos of Patrick and Grace Winslow after they had their baby. Then Gargamel appears and ask us why we’re still watching (good question). That’s it. Nothing really interesting or funny.
The Smurfs movie is rated PG
From what I could remember, the movie does not contain any profanity or scary scenes. There was some mild violence in a few scenes when Gargamel tries to capture the Smurfs. FYI: some parents brought their toddlers along and it didn’t work out for them. The toddlers eventually started crying and the parents had to take them out for a bit.