01 February 2012
Fishy's Film Reviews - The Smurfs
There is a place. A place that knows no sadness, where even feeling blue is a happy thing. A place inhabited by little blue beings three apples high. It lies deep within an enchanted forest, hidden away beyond the medieval village. Most people believe this place is made up, only to be found in books or children's imagination. Well, we beg to differ.
Certificate – U
Running time – 103
Scene after the credits – Little bit during the credits
Neil Patrick Harris as Patrick
Hank Azaria as Gargamel
Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf
Katy Perry as Smurfette
Anton Yelchin as Clumsy
When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world into New York City.
What's right with it?
Its a Smurfing good adventure, there's a reason why New York is the city they Smurfed twice, because it feels so Smurfing magical
Neil Smurftrick Harris makes this film for me, he takes it up a level and makes it Smurflievable
There is an INSANE amount of innuendo and rude jokes for the adults in this if you Smurf it the right way. You just got to listen out for the Smurfs
What’s wrong with it?
So Smurfing Cheesy. Lots of product placement but Smurf of it makes it Smurfer, especially the green m+m scene with Grouchy Smurf
Hank Azaria was Smurfing awful, there's a smurf point between chewing on the scenery and being downright Smurful, which he was
While the viewer is, of course, left to smurf the smurf from context, it is smurfed that the Smurfs themselves can smurf the difference between instances of "smurf" with no smurf; it is just outsiders that smurf them as identical. Smurfly, outsiders are insmurfable of pronouncing "smurf" reliably however hard they smurf.
And the Smurfin theme tune will really Smurf you off. Seriously, there's no smurf for this. Really gets on my Smurfs
The opening where you first see Smurf village and get to meet all the Smurfs
My favourite Smurf was Narrator Smurf
Grouchy: Where the Smurf are we?
Gutsy: Up the smurfin' creek without a paddle, that's where!
Patrick Winslow: SMURF, SMURF, SMURFETY, SMURF!
[all the Smurfs are shocked]
Gutsy: There is no call for that sort of language, laddie!
From the voice actors in this film, Jonathan Winters (Papa Smurf) voiced Grandpa Smurf in several episodes of Smurfs as well as 'Tis the Season to Be Smurfy and Frank Welker (Azrael) voiced Hefty Smurf in Smurfs.
The filmmakers cast Katy Perry without knowing it was her: "They had done a blind test where they took certain voices from previous interviews and matched them with the character. They liked my voice without even knowing who it was, and when they found out it was me, they thought that would work out. My personality was just a plus!"
Smurfette (Katy Perry) says "I kissed a Smurf and I liked it", a reference to Perry's first hit single, "I Kissed a Girl".
The filmmakers made the decision (after numerous tests) to depict the Smurfs at 7½ inches: any larger, they would no longer appear as the lovable creatures as they are known for; any smaller, it would be difficult for them to relate to real-world objects and people.
It's alright. You'll have a Smurfing good time
If you're an old fan of the Smurfs you'll love all the little inside easter eggs
But it is a lotta Smurf, you might end up Smurfwashed