Oh I can’t wait to see this! The animation looks beautiful, and I’m also a kid of the 80’s! Need I say more?
Let’s see if Lisa and more importantly, her daughter, thought it was worth all the excitement.
Smurfs: The Lost Village (Release Date: April 2017)
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting race through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.
Director: Kelly Asbury
Rating/ Runtime: PG 1hr 30
What is an Ette? All the other Smurfs have names that state exactly what they are. Brainy is brainy, Vanity is vain, Hefty is strong, Farmer is a farmer…. and it goes on, but what, in the name of Smurf, is an Ette? Smurfette (Demi Lovato) does not know her place in life. As she is not ‘a real Smurf’ and her name doesn’t describe her, she wants to find out who she is.
Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty and Clumsy are out having fun and Smurfette encounters a blue creature with leaves covering its face and after looking deep into its eyes she gets very intrigued as to who, or what, this creature is. The problem, however, is that this creature went into The Forbidden Forest and Smurfette followed. Papa (Mandy Patinkin) grounds the four Smurfs for going into the forest and are to go to their Mushrooms to think about what they have done. Of course, Smurfette has planned to sneak out to find out who this creature is and when she gets to the wall of The Forbidden Forest the other three Smurfs appear. Upon heading into the forest, they discover some very strange plants and that the creature is, in fact, a female Smurf. Again, the female Smurfs’ names describe them. These female smurfs have their version of Papa Smurf in Smurf Willow (Julia Roberts).
Like all Smurf strips, shows and films, Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) has a crazy plan to make himself all-powerful and is trying to find Smurf Village. This is a beautiful film for kids, especially young girls as it is showing the female smurfs are strong and independent. Everyone, young and old, are trying to discover their place in life. Mandy Patinkin, who had big shoes to fill in voicing Papa, did a good job but for me just didn’t nail the voice, however, he did make the character his own. All the characters were perfectly played by their actors and did an amazing job. My 9-year-old daughter loved this film as did I. If you are a crier then bring your tissues!