Smurfs used to be one of the more popular cartoons back in the 1980’s but since their popularity has waned.  The latest Smurf movie soon to hit theaters may or may not revive interest in the series, however the last two Smurf movies did well overseas despite not making a huge mark on the minds of cartoon lovers and young ones.  The newest Smurf movie production is a fully animated feature delivered by the director of Shrek 2, Kelly Ashbury, rather than blending animation and live action.  Demi Lovato is set to play Smurfette while Rainn Wilson will play Gargamel and Mandy Patinkin the role of Papa Smurf in the film that has been titled “Smurfs: The Lost Village.”

                                    The Storyline: What we know so far

The storyline goes as follows: Hefty Smurf, Clumsy Smurf, Brainy Smurf, Smurfette and Papa Smurf engage in quest to reach a lost Smurf village before Gargamel can.  The lost village community is led by Smurfwillow, played by Julia Roberts, and is in possession of something that Gargamel is seeking.  Unfamiliar Smurf characters included in the film are SmurfLily, played by Ariel Winter, Smurfblossom, played by Ellie Kemper and Smurfstorm played by Michelle Rodriguez who are to the delight of Smurfette other female Smurfs like her.  The adventure begins one day when Smurfette spots what appears to be another Smurf in the forest, she and her three pals find a map left behind by the mystery character that leads them on an escapade through the Forbidden forest.  The Forbidden Forest is full of magical creatures and the exciting, rollercoaster journey is complete with danger and action while at the end of their discovery mission lies the biggest secret in all of Smurf history, -other Smurfs. 

                                    Better than the last? 

The promo has revealed that the movie is set to be an at least slightly better production than the live action Smurf movies based on the Belgian T.V. series and comic that shares the same name.  Footage thus far is light on silly pop culture jokes and irony, the humor is more kid friendly, playful and innocent as well as more based on the characters themselves. 

If you love the Smurfs, adventure-comedy or have kids, you probably want to go see this film when it comes to theaters April 7th.

Published by Ville Iso-Ahola