Smurfs: The Lost Village
Smurfs: The Lost Village (originally titled Get Smurfy) is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated fantasy-comedy film based on The Smurfs comic book series by Peyo, produced by Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation and The Kerner Entertainment Company, and distributed by Sony Pictures Releasing, and was directed by Kelly Asbury. It stars the cast of Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter, Meghan Trainor, Mandy Patinkin, and Julia Roberts. The film was released on April 7, 2017, by Columbia Pictures.
A reboot series named after the comic and 1981 television series of the same name, is going to be released in 2021, using the same animation from this movie.
Smurfette (Demi Lovato) wants to became the new leader of the Smurfs, so she and her best friends Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer) and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) use a special map that guides them through the Forbidden Forest, an enchanted wonderland that's filled with magical creatures. Their adventure leads them on a course to discover the biggest secret in Smurf history as they race against time and the evil wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) to find a mysterious village.
Why It Rocks
- Unlike the infamous theatrical Live-Action/CGI films, it does a very good job at staying faithful to the Smurfs comic books as well as the cartoon.
- The CGI-animation looks wwell-done with very cartoony, zany movements.
- Several funny moments.
- Smurfette's origin story was decent, and her death was very emotional.
- Gargamel's pet vulture, Monty, made his animation debut.
- The designs closely follow the artwork by the Smurfs' creator, Peyo.
- Great soundtrack by Christopher Lennertz.
- The opening with Smurfette doing the Columbia Pictures logo is rather cute and charming.
- Good voice acting, with major highlights being Demi Lovato, Danny Pudi and Jack McBrayer.
- Smurfette's theme songs, are The Truest Smurf of All and I'm a Lady.
- The ending was pure heartwarming, where Smurfette finally became the new leader of the Smurfs, and most of all, a true Smurf.
- It doesn't feature the series' obnoxious theme song aside from one small instance at the very beginning.
- Smurf Willow, Papa Smurf's former arch-rival and currently his future wife, and several female Smurfs are the series' new characters, that are introduced in this film.
- Gargamel still steals the show.
- It's more Smurfy than both live-action/animated hybrid films in the franchise.
- Smurfette is the most likable character in the entire film, and possibly from The Smurfs 2.
- Decent humor.
- Papa Smurf surprisingly became heavily flanderized, when he became an utter idiot, as he became "a very, sad, SAD" smurf. And a very grouchy and unlikeable old man than upset he was, which also lead by character derailment.
- Clumsy Smurf also flanderized into a cowardly smurf with nearly no fearless identity.
- Gargamel's voice, Rainn Wilson, while he does a decent job, didn't bother using Paul Winchell's interpretation of the character.
- During her origin story, Smurfette was transformed into a real Smurf by Papa Smurf, by using... his all powerful magic hands.
- The story is rather generic, and it does not explain where the Smurfettes came from, but was a good idea on paper to come up with other girl smurfs.
- The story's pacing also tends to unnecessarily move faster, which can sometimes make it hard to follow.
- Even though the humor is decent, some jokes can be childish or not funny, including some gross-out humor.
- Modern teen slang used in the film, such as Hefty referring to some of his fellow Smurfs as "bro".
- Smurfblossom can be very annoying.
- The infamous song "Blue" (by Eiffel 65) is played during the montage scene with the four Smurfs interacting with the Smurfettes, which is a little too on the nose. Also, like The Smurfs 2, and most other Sony Pictures Animation movies, it relies on use of pop-culture songs.
- Despite The Lost Village being subtitled, it doesn't get the main focus in the movie.
Smurfs: The Lost Village receiving mixed reviews from critics. The film currently holds a 40% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 97 reviews, with the consensus reading "Smurfs: The Lost Village may satisfy very young viewers and hardcore Smurfaholics, but its predictable story and bland animation continue the franchise's recent mediocre streak.". On Metacritic, the film has a score 40 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
On the other hand, the reception from fans and audiences has become favourable in the recent years.
Awards and nominations
Despite it was mixed reviews, Smurfs: The Lost Village nominated at Kids' Choice Award 2018 for Favorite Animated Movie, losing to Coco.
- Baker Smurf was voiced by the celebrity chef: Gordon Ramsay.
- This is the first Sony Pictures Animation Movie to have a reboot.
- Demi Lovato, voice actress of Smurfette was previously Sonny Munroe in the Disney Channel original series Sonny With A Chance.