The Smurf’s are back and this time Gargamel (Hank Azaria) wants to turn his Naughties into Smurfs to steal their blue magic and control the world. This is an interesting story that brings the audience back into this mystical world and continues where the first Smurf movie left off.
Gargamel has become a famous but powerful Wizard and is dazzling the world with his mystic powers. Now living in Paris, France he is running out of the blue magic that allows for his powers. He must find a way to harvest this magic so he can continue to amaze his audience. With help from his trusty friend and cat companion Azrael (Frank Welker (voice)), and his two Naughties, Vexy (Christina Ricci (voice)) and Hackus (J.B. Smoove (voice)), they are trying to find a way to locate and capture Smurfette (Katy Perry) who has the secret recipe to change the Naughties into Smurfs.
Smurfette’s birthday has come and she is having nightmares about what she used to be before Papa Smurf (Jonathon Winters) helped her become a Smurf. The Smurf’s are planning a surprise birthday party, but Smurfette is feeling that everyone has forgotten her special day. So she decides to wonder off into the forest leaving her all alone.
When Smurfette is captured by Vexy and Hackus, they transport her to the real world to help Gargamel try and trick Smurfette to give him the secret. Papa Smurfs B team, Grouchy (George Lopez (voice)), Vanity (John Oliver (voice)), and Clumsy (Anton Yelchin (voice)), must teleport to the real world and rescue her before Gargamel discovers her secret. When the Smurfs transport to New York they run into their old friends Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris), Grace (Jayma Mays), Blue (Jacob Tremblay) and their new friend Victor (Brendan Gleeson). With their help they go to Paris to locate Smurfette and try to stop Gargamel from taking over the world.
Director, Raja Gosnell brings this television story to life using 3D animation and an unusual story that makes the movie enjoyable. Gosnell does a great job incorporating the 3D animation effect, especially with Gargamel’s magic, and the flight of the storks. These effects help bring the story to life and moved things along to its exciting conclusion. All and all a great film for the young ones and it will entertain the older crowd as well.
Final Grade: I give this a B- for its entertaining story and fantastic 3D animation.
Release Date: July 31st, 2013.
Cast: Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Brendan Gleeson, Jacob Tremblay, Katy Perry, Christina Ricci, Jonathan Winters, J.B. Smoove, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin, John Oliver, and Frank Welker.
Director: Raja Gosnell
Writer: J. David Stem (screenplay and story), David N. Weiss (screenplay and story), Jay Scherick (screenplay and story), David Ronn (screenplay and story), and Karey Kirkpatrick (screenplay).
Runtime: 105 minutes (1 hours and 45 minutes)
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for some rude humor and action.
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, and Fantasy.
Production Company: Columbia Pictures, and Sony Pictures Animation.