Review of: The Smurfs in 3D.

30 Jul

The Smurfs in 3D.

 View as screen from The Smurfs in 3D:

The Smurfs are the creation of Belgian artistPierre“Peyo” Culliford. He bought the little blue people to life in 1958 as comic book characters. They live together in a village under the guidance of Poppa Smurf. Their names reflect their different personalities: Clumsy, Brainy, Gutsy, and Grouchy, among others. Then there is Smurfette who was originally created by their arch enemy, the evil wizard Gargamel, to undermine the Smurfs. However, Poppa Smurf using his own magic, converted her into one of them.

 In the 1980s, NBC developed a Saturday morning cartoon featuring the Smurfs. Now, in 2011, Sony –Columbiafilms brings them to the big screen in 3D.  In this episode, the Smurfs travel, with Gargamel in pursuit, through a magical watery porthole and arrive inManhattan. The Smurfs wind up in the household of a young couple, Patrick and Grace Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays). The busy Patrick has just been promoted to corporate Vice President and has little patience for his diminutive houseguests.

 In this film, it’s as if the writers and producers were satisfied merely with the idea of having the Smurfs in 3D in New York City. Because that is just about all there is. Great animation in 3D is simply not enough. The storyline is weak, disjointed and overall this product is weak. The Shrek series with its state-of-the-art animation and fascinating plots set the standard for this type of animated feature and The Smurfs in 3D fails miserably in comparison. Neil Patrick Harris seems bored in the lead role and is overshadowed by the energetic performance of his costar Jayma Mays.

 The Smurf voices are by Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Anton Yelchin, Fred Armisen, Alan Cumming and George Lopez. Hank Azaria is Gargamel.  I always wonder why studios spend big bucks hiring stars to do the voices in animated features. Do the kids watching these movies even know or care who’s speaking for the characters.  And in the mythical village where all the Smurfs live, how does Grouchy (George Lopez) develop a Mexican accent and Gutsy (Alan Cummings) a Scottish one?

 The Smurfs in 3D gets a split rating. If seeing them in 3D is enough for you then it’s a SEE IT.  If not, wait and rent it.

 It’s 86 minutes in length and is PG-13. It’s actually pretty violent.



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