Smurfs: The Lost Village – What You Need To Know
The famous blue creatures created by Belgian cartoonist Pierre 'Peyo' Culliford have been around for more than five decades now and the last few years have seen the Smurfs on the big screen several times, with two live-action / animated films starring Neil Patrick Harris and a fully animated feature film all arriving in cinemas since 2011.
Now there's a brand new, 3D-animated adventure featuring the Smurfs headed our way, with Smurfs: The Lost Village landing in stores on Monday (August 11th). Here's everything you need to know...
Who's in it?
The cast providing the voices here is a pretty impressive one, with Demi Lovato, Julia Roberts, Rainn Wilson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ariel Winter, Homeland's Mandy Patinkin, TV chef Gordon Ramsay, singer Meghan Trainor, ventriloquist Jeff Dunham and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt pair Ellie Kemper and Tituss Burgess all lending their voices to the film.
And who's directing?
Kelly Asbury, best-known as the director on Shrek 2, is the man in the director's chair on this one, with Moana writer Pamela Ribon and The Goldbergs scribe Stacey Harman providing the script.
What's the plot?
This time the story centres around Smurfette, the only female in Smurf Village, and who was originally created out of a lump of clay by the evil wizard Gargamel before being redeemed and transformed by Papa Smurf.
Smurfette has always wondered why she is the only female, and if there could be others like her, but rumours about a lost village of Smurfs somewhere beyond the Forbidden Forest are strenuously denied by Papa Smurf. However, one day Smurfette sees an unfamiliar blue creature disappearing into the forest and, convinced she has seen another Smurf, chases after them, only to find that the mysterious creature has disappeared, leaving behind a hat which Smurfette retrieves.
Unfortunately, before she can find her way back to the village, Smurfette is captured by Gargamel, who discovers the hat and is able to use it to make a spell, allowing him to create a map showing the location of the lost village.
Three other Smurfs – Hefty, Brainy and Clumsy – help Smurfette escape Gargamel's clutches, but on returning to the village they are punished by Papa Smurf for disobeying him and entering the forest, confining the four to their houses. But Smurfette and the others sneak out in the middle of the night and set off to find the lost village before Gargamel does. What they discover along the way will change their lives forever.
Does it deliver?
Boasting an excellent cast, the new Smurfs film is an enjoyable adventure to sit down and watch with the whole family, with a decent helping of laughter along the way for adults and kids alike. You can check out the trailer below...