ADVENTURE DOESN’T GET ANY BIGGER.
The blue little creatures known as Smurfs are sucked into a vortex along with their arch-enemy Gargamel (Hank Azaria) and they all end up in New York City. Director Raja Gosnell brought Scooby-Doo to life in a 2002 movie, so it comes as no surprise that he was also hired for this one, as computer-animated characters once again mingle with live actors in a loudly comical, family-friendly adventure in 3D. Reminiscent of the Alvin and the Chipmunks flicks, it’s too generic; Azaria is fun as Gargamel, but the Smurfs are an overbearing bunch.
2011-U.S. 113 min. Color. Directed by Raja Gosnell. Comic Books: Peyo. Cast: Neil Patrick Harris (Patrick Winslow), Hank Azaria (Gargamel), Jayma Mays (Grace Winslow), Sofia Vergara, Tim Gunn. Voices of Jonathan Winters, Alan Cumming, Katy Perry, Fred Armisen, George Lopez, Paul Reubens. Cameo: Joan Rivers.
Trivia: John Lithgow and Quentin Tarantino were allegedly considered for voice work. Peyo’s characters previously appeared in two animated films (1965 and 1976) and a TV series (1981-1990). Followed by The Smurfs 2 (2013).