Smurfs: The Lost Village
Smurfs: The Lost Village is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film produced by Sony Pictures Animation and The Kerner Entertainment Company, with animation by Sony Pictures Imageworks, for Columbia Pictures. Sony, LStar Capital and Wanda Pictures co-financed the film. It is based on The Smurfs comic book series created by the Belgian comics artist Peyo, and is a reboot unrelated to Sony's previous live-action/animated films based on the series. It was written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon and directed by Kelly Asbury, and stars the voices of Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello, Mandy Patinkin, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi, Michelle Rodriguez, Ellie Kemper, Ariel Winter, Meghan Trainor, Jake Johnson, and Julia Roberts. In the story, a mysterious map prompts Smurfette, Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty to find a lost village before Gargamel does.
|Smurfs: The Lost Village|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Kelly Asbury|
|Based on||The Smurfs
|Narrated by||Mandy Patinkin|
|Music by||Christopher Lennertz|
|Edited by||Bret Marnell|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|Box office||$193.6 million|
The film was released on April 7, 2017 by Columbia Pictures to mixed reviews from critics, although many considered it an improvement over the previous Smurfs live-action/animated films. The film has grossed over $193 million worldwide.
In Smurf Village, the Smurfs live peacefully among themselves. Their leader is the wise, elderly, and a bit overprotective, Papa Smurf. Some of the Smurfs include the klutzy and slow-witted Clumsy Smurf, the intelligent and eccentric Brainy Smurf, the strong and gutsy Hefty Smurf and the beautiful Smurfette, who feels out of place in Smurf Village as the only girl. Smurfette was created by the wicked wizard Gargamel from a lump of clay, but was redeemed by Papa Smurf and became part of the village. Gargamel makes it his mission to capture the Smurfs, steal all of their essences, and become the most powerful wizard in the world.
After Smurfette accidentally breaks an invention by Brainy, made up by a fun day snowboarding with Brainy, Hefty, and Clumsy, Smurfette sees a blue creature hidden by a leaf and follows it straight into the Forbidden Forest, which Papa Smurf forbids the Smurfs from entering, believing the creature to be a Smurf. She loses sight of the creature but she discovers a hat that was dropped by the possible Smurf. Smurfette ends up being captured by Gargamel and at his castle, she ends up inadvertently revealing the hat, enabling Gargamel to mix up a brew that causes him to locate the village on a map. Soon enough Hefty, Brainy, and Clumsy, who followed Smurfette, help her escape and return to Smurf Village, where they end up being punished by Papa Smurf for disobeying his orders and he confines them to their houses while dismissing their claims of a lost village filled with Smurfs.
However, Smurfette, still wanting to find her place, sneaks out into the night, with Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty volunteering to come with her, simply because they're Team Smurf. Smurfette agrees to let them join her and together they enter the Forbidden Forest. Gargamel soon discovers them trying to find the lost village and heads out with his cat Azrael and giant bird Monty to stop them. The four best friends follow the map and end up in various adventures, such as being attacked by monster flowers and getting caught in a stampede of luminescent rabbits, one of whom they befriend and name Bucky, who helps them on their quest. After setting sail on their handmade raft along the river, they encounter Gargamel, Azrael, and Monty. Following a brief chase, Gargamel is thrown out of his own raft. Hefty and Smurfette convince the others to help save him. They do so but instead of thanking them, he pushed them out of their raft, leaving them to plunge down a waterfall.
Meanwhile, back at Smurf Village, Papa Smurf tries to reconcile with Smurfette over his actions on the previous night but soon discovers that she, Brainy, Hefty, and Clumsy are gone, so he sets out to find and set things right with them. Team Smurf survives the waterfall and washes ashore where they are soon captured by the leaf-covered creature from earlier along with a few others who reveal themselves to be female Smurfs. They are taken to their village, which is called Smurfy Grove, in the trees where they meet the leader Smurf, Willow, the tough tomboy Smurf Storm, the hyperactive Smurf Blossom, the gentle Smurf Lily and the music-loving Smurf Melody. They all welcome the Smurfs, especially Smurfette, to their humble home. After a while of showing them what they do, Smurf Storm and Clumsy come back with her telling that Smurfette was created by Gargamel. The female smurfs prepare an attack that night but instead of Gargamel, Papa Smurf appears, and the female Smurfs accept him into their home. As Papa Smurf and Smurf Willow argued and flirted with each other Gargamel comes and destroys Smurfy Grove, captures all the Smurfs, except Smurfette, who is now alone, feeling guilty for her actions. However, Brainy's pet Snappy bug shows her a picture of her and the others, and she soon realizes that she is not a real Smurf, and heads back to Gargamel's lair with Snappy and Bucky to save the Smurfs.
At Gargamel's lair, Brainy makes a plan to escape. Papa Smurf hears their plan and he and Smurf Willow decide to help them. Hefty, Brainy, Clumsy, and some of the female Smurfs succeed at the plan until Gargamel and Azrael spot them and put some of the female Smurfs and Clumsy into his Smurfilator, extracting their essence. Smurfette appears, tricking Gargamel into believing that she wants to be an evil smurf again. When Gargamel tries to turn Smurfette into an evil smurf, he realizes that Smurfette is absorbing his magic powers instead, a skill she found earlier after destroying Brainy's invention. The lair explodes, sending Gargamel, Azrael, and Monty into a lake full of piranhas. Unfortunately, Smurfette has reverted to her original lifeless clay form. Papa quickly tries to find a spell, but Brainy states there is nothing they can do to save her, leaving everyone, especially Papa, heartbroken.
Back at Smurf Village, all the Smurfs mourn the loss of Smurfette. Using their energy, Smurfette comes back to life and becomes a Smurf again and everybody happily celebrates. After which, Smurf Village and Smurfy Grove become united with each other and Smurfette finally finds her purpose, becoming a new leader of the Smurfs and most of all, true-blue Smurf.
- Demi Lovato as Smurfette, a girl smurf who was created by the wizard Gargamel. She is adored by the male Smurfs of the village. She is curious about her purpose in the village.
- Rainn Wilson as Gargamel, an evil wizard who seeks to find the Smurfs and destroy them.
- Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf, the fatherly Smurf leader of Smurf Village and Smurf Willow's former arch-rival. Patinkin also narrates the film.
- Joe Manganiello as Hefty Smurf, a strong Smurf who has a crush on Smurfette.
- Jack McBrayer as Clumsy Smurf, an accident-prone Smurf.
- Danny Pudi as Brainy Smurf, a clever Smurf.
- Julia Roberts as Smurf Willow, the motherly Smurf leader of Smurfy Grove and Papa Smurf's former arch-rival.
- Michelle Rodriguez as Smurf Storm, a street-smart female Smurf who doesn't trust Smurfette.
- Ellie Kemper as Smurf Blossom, an energetic girl Smurf who quickly befriends Smurfette.
- Ariel Winter as Smurf Lily, a gentle girl Smurf.
- Meghan Trainor as Smurf Melody, a musical girl Smurf.
- Jake Johnson as Grouchy Smurf, a Smurf who is always grouchy.
- Gordon Ramsay as Baker Smurf, a Smurf who bakes cakes.
- Tituss Burgess as Vanity Smurf, a Smurf who is obsessed with his looks.
- Gabriel Iglesias as Jokey Smurf, a Smurf that plays pranks on others.
- Jeff Dunham as Farmer Smurf, a Smurf who is a farmer.
- Kelly Asbury as Nosey Smurf, a Smurf who peeks in on private activities.
- Bret Marnell as Snappy Bug, Brainy's ladybug assistant.
- Melissa Sturm as Smurf Jade, a female Smurf.
- Frank Welker as Azrael, Gargamel's pet cat.
- Dee Bradley Baker as Monty, Gargamel's pet vulture.
On May 10, 2012, just two weeks after they announced production of The Smurfs 2, Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation were already developing a script for The Smurfs 3 with scribes Karey Kirkpatrick and Chris Poche. Hank Azaria, who played Gargamel in the first two films, revealed that the third film "might actually deal with the genuine origin of how all these characters ran into each other way back when." It was later confirmed that plans for a second sequel had been folded, with a completely computer-animated reboot being produced instead.
Kelly Asbury was confirmed to have been hired to direct the film in March 2014. The plotline was also revealed with the film exploring the origins of the Smurfs, and also the news that the film would feature a new take on the characters, with designs and environments more closely following the artwork created by Peyo, the creator of the Smurfs franchise.
Jordan Kerner was hired as producer, with Mary Ellen Bauder co-producing; Asbury was already confirmed as the film's director. On June 14, 2015, Sony Pictures Animation confirmed the original title of Get Smurfy, along with a first look at the film. On February 12, 2016, it was confirmed that the film had been retitled to Smurfs: The Lost Village.
On January 16, 2015, Mandy Patinkin was added to the cast of the animated adventure film to voice Papa Smurf, who was previously voiced by Jonathan Winters in the live-action/CGI films. On June 14, 2015, Demi Lovato was revealed as the voice of Smurfette, and Rainn Wilson as Gargamel. Since the release of The Smurfs 2 in 2013, two of the Smurfs voice actors from the previous franchise had died, Jonathan Winters who played Papa Smurf, and Anton Yelchin, who voiced Clumsy Smurf.
The film was initially set for release on August 14, 2015, but on May 1, 2014, the reboot film's release date was pushed back to August 5, 2016. In March 2015, the release date was again pushed back to March 31, 2017. In March 2016, the release date was pushed back to April 7, 2017.
As of June 18, 2017[update], Smurfs: The Lost Village has grossed $44.5 million in the United States and Canada and $149.1 million in other territories for a worldwide gross of $193.6 million, against a production budget of $60 million.
In North America, Smurfs: The Lost Village opened alongside Going in Style and The Case for Christ and was projected to gross around $16–20 million in the opening weekend from 3,602 theaters. It ended up opening to $13.2 million, marking the lowest debut of the Smurfs franchise and finishing 3rd at the box office.
Smurfs: The Lost Village received mixed reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 38% based on 76 reviews, and an average rating of 4.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Smurfs: The Lost Village may satisfy very young viewers and hardcore Smurfaholics, but its predictable story and bland animation continue the franchise's recent mediocre streak." On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score 40 out of 100, based on 25 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale, an improvement over the "A–" score earned by both previous Smurfs films.
Alonzo Duralde of TheWrap gave the film a positive review and wrote: "It's significant that two female writers have taken a character who's mainly just existed to be cute and seductive and turned her into a full-fledged member of this universe." Owen Glieberman of Variety said "It's a pure digital fantasy, with elegant and tactile animation, so it's more true to the Smurf spirit, and should perform solidly."
Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a mixed review, saying "Smurfs: The Lost Village is a mediocre effort that nonetheless succeeds in its main goal of keeping its blue characters alive for future merchandising purposes."
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