Smurfs: The Lost Village Reviewed By Andy Box

The Premise
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a roller-coaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!
The Review
Papa’s hat is red, the Smurfs are blue, Lost Village is fun and just right for you

Taking the children to the movies is always a pleasure. Sharing my love of the silver screen with them and seeing their eyes sparkle as they pick up their popcorn and take their seats is worth the entry fee alone.

My daughter has not stopped talking about Smurfette and her adventures since we saw her take the lead role in this latest, fully animated instalment from Sony Picture Animation. I guess this kind of tells you all you need to know about whether you should gather the troops and head off to your local movie house.

The film itself is the best of the three Smurf movies and is sleek and bright and bursting with moments that will make the whole family chuckle.

Although simplistic in terms of plot, the movie is clearly intended to engage the younger audience and I think it did that and then some. The generous splash of colour, intricate detail and outrageous characters, (my own personal favourite being Nosey Smurf), all add up to some old school, animated entertainment at its best.

The characters voices are strong and I love Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf and Demi Lovato as Smurfette.
The Verdict

If it’s raining at the weekend and you are looking for somewhere to take the family in order to brighten up their day, then Smurfs: The Lost Village is a good first choice. You will not feel blue after this!
The Trailer
The Info
Releases: 6th April 2017
Rating: G
Duration: 90 minutes
Genre:  Family
Starring: Demi Lovato, Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer, Mandy Patinkin, Danny Pudi, Rainn Wilson
Director: Kelly Asbury (Gnomeo and Juliet)
The Extras
This movie is a fully CGI reboot of the Smurfs franchise instead of a direct sequel of the second Smurfs movie with a Different Cast. It was made in favor of a 3rd Live Action Film after the failiure of The Smurfs 2 (2013) and the death of Jonathan Winters (Papa Smurf's voice actor from the Live Action films).
John Goodman was originally considered to voice Papa Smurf.
Like the Live Action Smurf Films, new Smurfs are introduced, like Nosy Smurf.
The original title was "Get Smurfy".
The film was initially set to be released 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, then finally in Early 2016, it was pushed back a week to April 7, 2017 to avoid competing with another film.
Gordon Ramsey's first role in a movie not as himself or with his likeness.
The original voice of Smurfette was played by American singer Katy Perry. In this rendition, American singer Demi Lovato plays Smurfette.