This is an animation of stupid humour and silly giggling moments, but that’s definitely not a bad thing! It is a comical easy-watch. Firstly I should mention, ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ isn’t connected to the first two Smurfs films; they’ve changed the actors and director, plus the film looks very different, more modernised, oh and there’s no humans in this film, it’s just a full on normal kids’ animation film.
The new voices of this Smurfs are great! From Katy Perry to Demi Lovato, Smurfette is very much the centre of this new film. ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’ revolves around the only girl smurf trying to find her purpose. She realises she is extremely different to all the other boy smurfs, unable to be one characteristic, she feels alone and tries to find what her purpose is. Taking Hefty (Joe Manganiello), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer) and Brainy (Danny Pudi) with her, Smurfette goes on an adventure to discover whether the myths of the lost village are in fact true. Leaving behind the amazing Papa Smurf (Mandy Patinkin – aka ‘Criminal Minds’ one and only Jason Gideon), the four smurfs race Gargamel (Rainn Wilson – aka Dwight Schrute) experiencing a new world away from the safe one they know so well. This world opens up to new creatures, such as a glow in the dark bunnies which also neigh… The new world is colourful and creative, creating a fun world for the audience.
For me, Clumsy stands out as the main source of comedy in the film. He is definitely my favourite, brilliant silly humour that did make me laugh. There is of course much love for Papa Smurf as well. One of the new things nowadays seems to be the fan of the slow-motion effects, and it has been transferred into animation with ‘Smurfs: The Lost Village’. This film definitely shows it’s new age with Smurfs taking selfies. Additionally, the film has many creative moments where it stands as an animation. I will explain, for example, there were many added effects onto Monty the bird, especially when it crashes into something, the effects of sounds that wouldn’t actually be seen but are in this. Ultimately this all just adds to the humour of the film, but that is the humour that it is. Comedy also definitely comes from the duo of Gargamel and Azrael, the cat; a duo worth mentioning. So yeah, I do admit, this film did make me giggle.
There are many other great guest voices that are recognisable. Now, IMDb says Meghan Trainer is in it, but I completely missed that… Baker Smurf is voiced by the one and only chef Gordon Ramsay. Farmer Smurf is voiced by comedian Jeff Dunham. Grouchy Smurf is Jake Johnson aka Nick Miller (obviously!). There is also additional voices of Ellie Kemper and Julia Roberts (who voices a brilliant character).
I did have an issue with this film. Maybe I was reading more into than intended or you think it’s far-fetched, but it’s definitely not an opinion with no means. My issue is based round the fact that the boy smurfs are named after their only characteristic – which apparently they have to stick to. This was fine, I get why they did this, that’s what made the smurfs the smurfs, they were different through their dominant characteristic. But it becomes a bit derogatory when they are classed under not being able to learn anything else and that’s all they can do. Don’t get me wrong, there is one boy smurf able to do something other than his characteristic, but when they put this against the girl smurfs they meet, they can do everything and they are never classed by what they can or can’t do. Just saying, seems a bit offensive to men, but maybe I’m reading too much into it.
Overall, it is a fun adventure film. I wouldn’t say it’s the best animation I’ve ever seen, but it is what it is and to be honest it did make me laugh. I do think, however, without Clumsy this film would be a loss, but he is there so that’s not an issue. It’s an easy watch film of the Smurfs on an adventure, discovering a new world, a new land. Watch this film to discover the world of the Smurfs in a new light and a new journey.