by Sheryl Wall
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The Smurfs was a popular cartoon when I was a kid and I was excited to see them come out with a current movie. It was a fun introduction to Smurfs for my 2 year old daughter as well. The movie is about how Clumsy Smurf accidentally leads Gargamel into their village. As they try to run away Clumsy Smurf and a few others, including Papa and Smurfette, fall through a portal that is only open on a Blue Moon in which Gargamel and his cat Azrael follow.
The Smurfs end up in New York and befriends a couple named Patrick and Grace Winslow played by Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays. The rest of the movie involves the Smurfs trying to get back to their village without being caught by Gargamel.
The movie ties in well with the original cartoon, making several references to things I remember from back then. I was glad to see that they didn’t make a lot of changes to the characters. They did a really good job on creating Azrael, he was an actual cat but they used animation to make his personality really unique and fun to watch. The humor was fun as well, especially the instances where they made fun of themselves, such as how they say Smurf for everything.
It is a really good movie for those who fell in love with the original cartoon. It is also great for a child’s first introduction to the Smurfs. My daughter is talking about it all the time and notices anything Smurfs now. She got to take her photo in Los Angeles with a giant Smurf and she was so excited. If you enjoyed watching the Smurfs when you were a child or have young kids like me then you will Smurf it too.
The Smurfs is now playing at Dinuba Platinum Theatres 6. Showtimes can be found on their website.