I loved the Smurfs. Back in the mid 80's I don't believe there was a kid that didn't! In the times of 4 channels and Cartoons only after school and on a Saturday morning everyone tuned in. The Legend of Papa Smurf, Clumsy, Brainy etc and always wondering why Smurfette was the only girl? Gargamel and Azrael always trying to defeat our little intrepid blue heroes. They have been immortalised in cartoon history and even today - you can find Stag Do's all across the world Smurfing it up for a laugh!
So, 2011 is upon us and finally, a 3D Live animation movie about one of the most beloved group of characters ever conceived is launched, and what a Smurfing great movie it was!
The story is pretty straight forward. Clumsy Smurf Smurfs up quite royally and opens a Smurfing porthole to Central Park, New York where him and 5 other unlucky Smurfers end up gatecrashing life as we know it. They bump into Neil Patrick Harris (The legend that was and always will be Doogie Howser MD) and him and his pregnant girlfriend reluctantly help them get back to Smurf village while being hunted down by the brilliant Hank Azaria (Most of the Simpson's voices) who plays the real life Gargamel.
They have kept to Peyo's cartoon origins almost exactly to the letter with the theme tune reprised throughout and there is even a little nod to the creator (Peyo) in an old spell book as well as some other lovely little appreciative set pieces that really do bring the closeness of the characters home to you.
See this if...................................Just get your head out of your Smurf and go!