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The Smurfs (2011)

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When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world into New York City.

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Raja Gosnell

Writers:

J. David Stem (screenplay by), David N. Weiss (screenplay by) | 5 more credits »
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hank Azaria ... Gargamel
Neil Patrick Harris ... Patrick Winslow
Jayma Mays ... Grace Winslow
Sofía Vergara ... Odile Anjelou
Tim Gunn ... Henri
Madison McKinley ... Model
Meg Phillips ... Model
Julie Chang Julie Chang ... Newscaster
Roger Clark Roger Clark ... Newscaster
Mark Doherty ... Bluetooth Businessman
Minglie Chen ... Young Woman
Sean Kenin ... Guy in Plaid Shirt
Victor Pagan ... Bum
Mahadeo Shivraj ... Cabbie
Adria Baratta Adria Baratta ... Anjelou Employee
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When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world and into ours -- in fact, smack dab in the middle of Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down. Written by Columbia Pictures

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild rude humor and action | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Hank Azaria is the third actor to play Gargamel. Paul Winchell voiced Gargamel until the last season (1989-1990) of The Smurfs (1981), and Michael Bell took his place after Winchell allegedly walked out of his role, due to issues with the season nine scripts. See more »

Goofs

When Patrick Winslow encounters his boss as he's coming in on the first day of work after his promotion, she comments that he seems to have "nervous energy". He gestures awkwardly in the air with both arms and replies, "nervous energy's what's going on up in here!" Halfway through his reply the camera angle changes and he's no longer lifting both arms; he's gesturing with only his right arm, while his left arm is clutching a folder to his chest. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator Smurf: There is a place. A place that knows no sadness, where even feeling blue is a happy thing. A place inhabited by little blue beings three apples high. It lies deep within an enchanted forest, hidden away beyond the medieval village. Most people believe this place is made up, only to be found in books or children's imagination. Well, we beg to differ.
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Crazy Credits

The opening title is formed from Smurf essence. See more »

Alternate Versions

Also shown in 3D version. See more »

Connections

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Bew Way Ya
Written by Jared Faber
Performed by Jared Faber (as J-Radical)
Courtesy of Blind Lemon Music, Inc.
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Not awful... but not good
25 July 2011 | by neji107See all my reviews

Thank goodness The Smurfs was not the god-awful trainwreck everyone made it out to be, or else I would have wasted thirty minutes in line to see another failed cartoon adaptation.

I won't say it's good, but it was surprisingly not bad. Of course, The Smurfs does not exactly have enough substance to hold a full-grown adult's attention for all of its 86 minutes, but it is a surefire hit with the kids. The linear and simple plot follows a small group of Smurfs that get accidentally sucked into a portal to the human world while trying to escape the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria). The little blue people quickly enlist the help of married couple Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and Grace (Jayma Mays) to protect them from Gargamel, who plans to harvest the Smurfs' essence for magical power, and to re-create a portal that only happens once in a blue moon…

The movie includes some emotional subplots with Papa Smurf and Patrick, who feels he is unready to start his own family; though it all becomes pretty unnecessary in the face of the Smurfs' main goal to return home. Humor, again, mainly appeals to the kids, sporting sight gag after sight gag, but every once in a while there's a clever reference thrown in for the older folks in the audience. Hank Azaria gives about the most cartoonish performance as any villain could, resulting in an upsetting mix of interest and annoyance. On the other hand, where it is used the CGI is incredibly high-quality (i.e. the Smurfs, Gargamel's cat, etc.), and the special effects are designed more specifically for 3-D viewing than in most movies as of late.

I know some people have proclaimed this film to be a bastardization of a childhood cartoon favorite, but I argue that it isn't. The film is very aware of its origins with Peyo and respects that fact. They actually pay direct homage to the creator towards the end of the story. An exact imitation of the cartoon series this movie is not, but it is a fun and well-intentioned take on the story.

The Smurfs is mildly entertaining, at its best, but it is written with the right spirit and is in no way an injustice against the original series. It offers a nostalgic throwback (with a modern twist) for the adults and an amusing show for the little ones. For the ones in between, I advise avoiding this movie.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$110,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,611,637, 31 July 2011

Gross USA:

$142,614,158

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$563,749,323
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1.78 : 1
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