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The movie is great.. Hank Azaria did an excellent job as Garbage Smell
lol.. err Gargamel... love Azrael talking..
This movie is not for a 5 year old nor for anybody who did not saw the series and understood move the antics that the smurfs involved.. it really made me feel going back to my childhood waiting for 5pm for the smurf broadcast seem all episodes and never got tired of re-runs..
Is unfair to say the movie stinks when this movie is just a continuation of their adventures not like the many fail action live movies of many cartoons changing the original story... in this movie the original story of the smurfs is intact.. is just a great new adventure..
LOVE IT SPECIALLY AZRAEL CUTE EVIL KITTY...
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This movie was rather amazing to me. As many people know, the Smurfs
was a rather cute little cartoon a while back and not many of the newer
generation really know the true episodes. I think that the movie works
well because not only could they get the children into the silly antics
of the movie, but it had enough mature nature that kept an adult like
The comedy was fun and lovable with things ranging from the classic slap stick to annoying little things. They made fun of a lot of things about the old cartoons including the fact they always sing an annoying tune and the way they always used the word Smurf to describe things. Other things they did were talk about the rather funny cultural jokes like playing off Marilyn Monroe's famous dress flip and mixing with the only female Smurf there. But yet, when the time came to be serious, the movie was able to get there without it feeling out of context. Never did I feel that any of it was not connected to one another.
The characters made you just want to love them from all the little smurfs, to the human characters like Patrick and Grace. Deep down, each character had to grow up in a way that didn't feel too pushed or out of place though some grew much more then others. The only one that never grew was Gargamel but as he was still his rather funny stupid character, I don't think that really made much of a difference. He didn't need anything to be a good character although there were times he just seemed so sickening that I almost gagged while watching.
The animation was pretty spot on and I love how they made the cartoon world come into reality unlike a couple other shows that would start out 2D and then try to bring it into 3D. All the CG graphics blended into the real world, only feeling off slightly as you can never quite blend them in perfectly.
The voices are amazing, them picking Jonathan Winters for Papa Smurf was just perfect as this rather old voiced character. He was perfect for the part of a leader and care taker of the smurfs. Surprisingly, Katy Perry did a rather good job with Smurfette as Tom Kane was perfect as the Narrator Smurf who they even joked about. Just so many people made the cast work perfectly and if you look down the whole list of Actors, you can see a wide variety of famous voices including Jeff Foxworthy, George Lopex, Hank Azaria, and Neil Patrick Harris.
I think it's just okay. The plot is nothing new. I mean we've seen it before in Thor & Enchanted, but it's not too bad. Is there anything bad about this. Well, duh! Neil Patrick Harris is pretentious and bland, and some of the humor is bad(Ex. Gargamel Pee Joke). But there is some good stuff about it. The lesson is good. I guess you grow to like Papa, Clumsy,& Grace. There is some funny stuff in this. I kind of agree with Spill.com. Gargamel was pretty funny. I laughed hard during the lord of the rings joke. The CGI is nice. I like the voice acting, with one exception. What the heck is George Lopez doing in this movie? Johnathan Winters was perfectly cast as Papa. Fred Armisen did a good Brainy. Anton Yelchin & Katy Perry already have a Smurf voice. George Lopez is just distracting. Is it great, no. Is it awful, not that much. Is it harmless, yeah. It's better than the chipmunk movies. You can show it to your kids to shut them up and you may get some laughs out of it. Just rent a Pixar movie instead, even if you like it like me.
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How do you criticize a movie that you knew was going to be stupid coming in? Honestly, it's a kid movie and it's not to be taken serious by anybody older than the age of six. I'm clearly not, six year old so I'm not the target audience, but I did watch the show when younger. In my opinion, it's not the worst kid's movie out there, but gees, it wasn't the best as well. I wasn't the biggest fan of the 1980's animated TV series, or The Smurfs comic book series created by the Belgian comics artist Peyo. Peyo created it when his cartoonist friend couldn't remember how to pronoun 'salt' in Dutch and found a story about a group of blue humanoids living in mushrooms interesting. I don't know if Peyo was on drugs or not, but that is so trippy idea. I watch enough episodes and read enough as a kid to know about the original works and this film are somewhat different. I'm not hating the film, but gees, it could had been made a little better. The 1980s animated TV series, did had some appeal to it, as it deal with magic and the dark arts that kids found interesting as a kid. It appeal to girls, due to their cute animation. Still, the original Smurfs was pretty dumb with it's a bleak archetypes naming and awful writing. This movie had little to no appeal for me now, personally, but I did see it with my 5 year old niece and nephew who somewhat like the film. I was disappointed, it's not only the fact, that I outgrew the Smurfs for more mature films, but also the fact that it felt that the fantasy world of the Smurfs was rip apart for a cheaper budget movie with the CGI Smurfs getting lost in live action modern day New York before Gargamel (Hank Azaria) find them. There was so many ideas that could had work with the Smurf movie, if only they kept them on their world. They could had a Lord of the Ring's type of a film with a story similar to the 1958's Johan et Pirlouit story La Flûte à six trous ("The Flute with Six Holes"). The adventure involved the' Schtroumpf' AKA the smurfs recovering a magic flute from an evil wizard. Check out the 1965's Adventures of the Smurfs to know what I'm talking about. It's rare to find. Just think of a full computer animation movie of the Smurfs, compare to this film. I would take that film over this, any day. The magic plot seem tainted for more marketing plot. By putting them in New York, it's seem that they are market as a parody to make fun of the fans of the original show, rather than paying tribute to it. Why is the Smurfs dealing with a character like Patrick Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris) whom job is it to make cosmetic item ads. I really doubt a six year old kid cares about how to make an ad. That whole sub-plot is not appealing to children. Another thing, why is there a sub-plot of Gargamel getting a job at the same beauty items ad company that Patrick works in, and it's never follow thought? It would pretty interesting to see Gargamel use Patrick to get the Smurfs, but no the sub-plot was tossed away for more potty humor. There is a lot of potty humor, and lot of cruelty to animals. I know it's a CGI cat, but could they at least, make Azreal look like a cartoon cat, than a normal cat. It's disturbing to see a realistic cat getting hurt. I found it to be a bit crude. Another crude thing is the voice acting. Half of the Smurfs don't even sound like the cartoon versions of themselves. I found George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf and Alan Cummings as Gutsy Smurf really dumb. I don't know how, a Scottish and Mexican Smurf came about, when most of the original Smurfs were Belgian. I found Katy Perry, a bit annoying as Smurfette, but I wasn't a huge fan of the original Smurfette's voice as well. It was suggested that Quentin Tarantino would play Brainy Smurf, but it didn't go through so Fred Armisen voices Brainy instead. I think the movie focus way too much on Clumsy (Anton Yelchin) to the point, that he became the annoying Jar Jar Binks of the film that get everybody else in trouble. I was imagining choking his neck most of the film. Rather than Clumsy learning something or having a character arch a, the film just gives up and gave us a hokey ending. Honestly, there wasn't any positive or moral message told in this life. I thought it was supposed to be about, once in a blue moon, one gets a glimpse of what's truly important in life--and it's not always what one might expect, but the film doesn't execute it well. Was the film about Patrick accepting his role as a father? It should had been. The message get lost with all the potty jokes, CGI 3D annoying shots, destroying Aerosmith and all the ads marketing. I felt dumber watching it. I know it's a kid's movie, but this movie felt like it was for the really dumbing children of the world. It felt old and recycle formula like other live action mixed with animation movies like 2007's Alvin and the Chipmucks, 2002's Scooby Doo and 2004's Garfield. It didn't give anything new or creative to the piece. In the end, I felt like I was choking and turning blue for watching it.
This was a risky proposition to begin with, and nothing on the screen
dispelled my trepidation. I don't know whose idea it was to marry CG
smurfs with the real world. It doesn't work at all. I would rather see
old fashioned pencil-and-paint animated smurfs in the real world akin
to 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit'. The CG smurfs look slightly creepy. They
definitely don't have that childhood joy we associate with the cartoon.
There are some good actors being squandered here. Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, and Hank Azaria all try their best. I actually like Neil and Jayma as a couple. They seem like a fun duo if they don't have to keep worrying about stepping on one of the blue midgets. And Hank Azaria has mimicked Gargamel very well. The smurf voice work was pretty fair although Katy Perry is very noticeable. It wasn't Smurfette talking. It was Katy Perry talking. She's kind of a cartoon already anyways.
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The Smurfs is a 3D family comedy film loosely based on The Smurfs comic
book series created by the Belgian comics artist Peyo and the 1980s
animated TV series.It stars Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma
Mays and Sofía Vergara, with Jonathan Winters and Katy Perry as the
voices of Papa Smurf and Smurfette. It is the first CGI/live-action
hybrid film that tells the story of the Smurfs as they get lost in New
York, and try to find a way to get back home before Gargamel catches
them.Raja Gosnell directed the film.
Happy in their hidden village, the Smurfs work and sing, with wizard Gargamel an ever-present but ineffectual threat. That is, until Clumsy Smurf leads the predator and his cat Azrael straight to them, resulting in a ruinous rampage that displaces a group of Smurfs through a mystical portal. New York City is their destination, with Papa Smurf, Grouchy, Brainy, Gutsy, Smurfette and Clumsy strangers in a strange land. With Gargamel on their trail, finding their way home is only possible with the assistance of over-worked marketing executive Patrick and his pregnant wife Grace.
Although the nauseating added dimension, clunky CGI and pointless use of live action signal the film's contemporary pedigree, there are more sinister forces at work in the latest effort which is beyond simplistic, with pitiful stereotypes and celebrity stunt casting driving the action. Indeed, the current incarnation of The Smurfs is a shiny but shallow reboot of all that was great about the original TV series back in the 80's.
What I liked about this movie: Azrael: The cat sometimes looked so
realistic it was hard to tell if animated or not and sometimes it was
clearly animated, maybe they used a real cat and animations or maybe
only animations I don't't know. But also Azraels behavior was like in
the cartoon I liked that. Finished it: Somehow I finished this movie
without turning it off and I'm not sure why. Problems I had with this
movie: Gargamel: He was too comic-like in his behavior although all
other humans appeared to be quite normal, that makes him unrealistic
somehow or someone who takes too many drugs or whatever. It's always a
problem to take someone young and make him look old, it looks totally
fake. His face modifications also looked clearly fake. Scottish Smurf:
The strong Smurf, I forgot his name was replaced with the Scottish
Smurf who I think never appeared in the cartoon series. Buf even if not
he was just annoying. Language: Gargamel and the Smurfs used different
words than usual, they tried to imitate the way they talked but it
didn't work out. Also there were quite a lot of unfunny oversmurfed
cursings that were also annoying because it was always clear what it
was really supposed to mean and not appropriate for young audiences.
The Smurfs: They didn't look real, their skin, their hair, their eyes
it all looked like some kind of clay figures which made them
unrealistic. Setting: In the beginning when they were back in their
times it looked all very fine and nice and that was totally OK but than
to set the whole plot in modern day New York felt like an incredibly
uncreative smack in the face of all who loved the smurfs. The Smurfs
rapped: What I can say about that, you can see them rap ... The grumpy
Smurf: he was not really grumpy or anything which made him unnecessary
because he never started a sentence with "I hate..." Self-reference:
They find themselves being comic-characters ... and they don't bother
to explain this. Plot: The plot was weak and there was no message that
this movie had like the cartoon series did, every episode had some kind
of message like "don't do this or that because this or that could
happen, always treat others well or bla ..." this movie didn't have
that which made it even less valuable.
Well all in all if you look at it just as a movie without it's big back-story of cartoons and comics this movie is average entertainment. For fans of the Smurfs this movie is a disaster.
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When I first saw the trailer for The Smurfs, I groaned. I thought it
was going to suck. The jokes didn't look funny, the story looked stupid
and George Lopez and Katy Perry, two of my favourite celebrities, were
voicing Grouchy and Smurfette, it just looked and sounded absolutely
ridiculous. I watched the Smurfs as a child, but the film looked like
it was going to be rubbish.
But yesterday, I was bored so I went on the website watch32.com and clicked on a random movie. Which happened to be The Smurfs. For some reason, I didn't cross off the page, instead I watched. And what did I think of it? I liked it.
I'm not joking, I actually enjoyed it. As my review summary says, it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Yes, it has its bad points, and it's obviously no masterpiece, but it's still a very enjoyable film for me.
The storyline was actually quite well thought-out and projected. I like how they made references to the original Smurfs and their creator, Peyo.
Neil Patrick Harris as his character, Patrick, was very likable and relatable to most parents who want to raise their kid but also want to do their job correctly to help them do so. He also got quite a few funny lines in the film.
The voice actors for the Smurfs BECAME the characters instead of just acting as them. Katy Perry as Smurfette was just plain adorable, George Lopez as Grouchy was actually quite fitting and Alan Cumming as the new Smurf for the film, Gutsy, was by far my favourite Smurf in the whole movie. And I'm really glad they got Jonathan Winters from the original Smurfs to voice Papa Smurf, his voice fit his character very well.
And the CGI on the Smurfs was actually pretty impressive and realistic. I felt as though I could actually reach into the screen and touch them as if they were really there.
Okay, now onto the bad points.
The constant usage of the term "smurf" for everything, in place of curse words, verbs, adjectives and other words, got old and a bit annoying quite quickly.
Not every joke in the movie was funny, some were very childish and silly. But I can't blame them for being like that, seeing how it is a film for kids. But one joke I KNEW would happen was when Patrick tells them to stop saying "smurf" for everything and angrily blurts out "Smurf, smurf-ity, smurf, smurf, smurf!", to which Gutsy replies by telling him to watch his mouth. And when it happened, I didn't laugh.
Hank Azaria and Jayma Mays' acting wasn't all that good in the film. Jayma Mays overacted her facial expressions and word projections a lot of the time. I understood she was having fun with her character part, but they could've at least picked a better actress.
And Hank Azaria overacting quite a lot in his performance, but that was a trait of the original character Gargamel so I suppose that's a positive. But he wasn't always funny when he tried to be. I will admit, however, his makeup was pretty cool. Despite his flaws, he looks exactly like Gargamel from the original series.
And finally, the CGI effects on Gargamel's cat, Azrael were very bad. It looked like something even a toddler could've animated, it just didn't at all look realistic. There were times when it did, but that's when it was acting like a normal cat. When it was acting goofy, "funny" or laughing, not so much.
But overall though, I really enjoyed this film. It has its weak points, but that doesn't stop me from liking it. And I'm actually looking forward to the sequel coming out. Hope it doesn't disappoint.
Anyone who remembers the Smurfs as a kid (as I do) would want to see this movie. It wasn't great, but I didn't think it was as bad as everyone says it was. Just don't go to the movie with high expectations or expecting to see a classic or an Oscar movie, sit back and relax, and you will enjoy this. I guarantee. The best part of this movie was Hank Azaria's performance as Gargamel. Clumsy accidentally leads him to the Smurfs' village, and he chases a few of them thru a portal into New York City's Central Park, and then follows them there. Papa Smurf and company wind up with an expectant couple who surprisingly have never heard of them. The father (Neil Patrick Harris of TV fame) googles them to learn more about them. He is a business and advertising executive with an important deadline, and our little blue heroes are totally mystified about his job and our world, about as much as he is about theirs. They all learn from each other, of course. My favorite scenes are the ones in the toy store and where Papa Smurf teaches Harris about how to be a leader and a father. The scenes with Clumsy in our world are great too. Take your kids to see this-they will enjoy it the most! ** 1/2 out of ****
It is inevitable that the cartoons my generation grew up with are
finding its way back to the new generation with the more recent
adaptations in 3D gimmicky glory no less, where we had the Flintstones
and Scooby Doo made into live action films years ago and others like
The Jetsons stuck in development hell. This trend continues with Alvin
and the Chipmunks going into its third and 3D installment by year''s
end, the summer action film Transformers in the previous summers and
for now it's the mythical Smurfs created by Peyo, where blue creatures
no larger than three apples tall live in mushroom houses and being
chased by the arch- enemy Gargamel (Hank Azaria here with loads of
prosthetics) and his kitty cat Azrael.
And it's not that bad for nostalgic reasons save for the usual formula and one-track objective set out, with meddling humans in our world getting in the way for that feel good provision of a moral message to its target audience. It did feel like an extended television cartoon episode with the perennial chase by Gargamel and Azrael stretched into our world, almost always represented by New York City of course talk about something strange happening in the neighbourhood, a Disney princess coming for a visit, and now this. A subset of the Smurfs, led by Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters) find themselves sucked to New York City through a magical vortex along with their enemies, and it is their objective now to stay clear of any human trouble, look for an exit sign, and keep clear of Gargamel's clutches as best as they can, no doubt assisted by the inherent bumbling qualities of the wizard.
Hank Azaria really needed to pay his bills in taking up this role, as you can tell there's little effort gone into making the villain well, villainous rather than acting like a buffoon for the most parts, so much so that the CG Azrael had more personality. Neil Patrick Harris' Patrick Winslow is the advertising executive whose life got turned upside down no thanks to the Smurfs finding a reluctant human ally, Jayma Mays as Patrick's expectant wife Grace, and Sofia Vergara as Odile, Patrick's mean boss, who had a subplot with Gargamel that was unceremoniously dumped mid way. Together they form the notable human contingent to spread the word about the importance of family and what matters, which got repeated a number of times to drive home the point.
What I had liked about the film is how it kept itself canon rather than to reboot or ignore established aspects from its source material. For instance, the origin of Smurfette got mentioned to certain detail at least twice, and there was an admission multiple times that yes, the Smurf song does get a tad annoying (though when young I would hum it quite often too). While it won't have room to feature all 99 Smurfs prominently, the introduction (deliberately made for 3D with the flight into Smurf village) had common sense to invoke that sense of nostalgia with the more common Smurfs from the cartoon series, such as Jokey, Baker, Vanity and Handy, amongst others. That was the hook, and I was secretly hoping that more could be on offer, but alas the bulk of the film centered around Papa, Smurfette (Katy Perry), Brainy (Fred Armisen), Grouchy (George Lopez, the go-to man for voicing just about any creature or animal in a talking animal / animated 3D film), Clumsy (Anton Yelchin) and Gutsy (Alan Cumming).
For a kids' film it was rather grueling on the runtime, as the Gargamel-chases-Smurfs development getting quite repetitive, with Gargamel fumbling as if on cue, and the Smurfs outwitting everyone as always. The message of not judging a book by its cover, or that everyone has a time to shine in glory, probably got lost somewhere, and worse, becoming really self conscious especially with the remarks about the theme song. You sure don't get that when watching the many episodes of the cartoon series, but the film somehow drew too much attention to it that it really became disastrous. I mean, mocking your own theme song? Come on. Animation wise the Smurfs do at times come off as rather artificially rendered, as does Azrael, which is a pity since Sony Pictures Animation were the ones responsible for the awesome looking Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Whether there will be a sequel will depend on its box office takings, and hopefully if a next one is to be made, a strong story should be grounds for justifying that. After all, if it didn't engage the kids with this effort, it'll likely need a meteoric effort for the next to materialize.
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