If you aren’t quite a fan of The Smurfs, or The Smurfs 2… well, you can stay. More importantly, you might be rather hesitant when it comes to the release on April 7th, 2017 of yet another film, Smurfs: The Lost Village, but don’t worry, this one is only animated.

Ok, those movies actually have a lot to offer younger audiences, goofy as they are, but this one looks like it might actually be good.

Not only is the film returning to the animation-only theory, but it is returning to its roots in an even greater way, by working a story that is a lot more simple, focusing on outfoxing Gargamel within the confines of a magical world.

If that’s not enough, and it probably isn’t, the movie has a solid voice cast, and is directed by Kelly Asbury (Gnomeo & Juliet, Shrek 2).

You’ve still got a long wait, and the trailer doesn’t exactly give a lot of detail, but it seems as though the Smurfs might make their way into a realm of more legitimate attention, and if Rainn Wilson, Danny Pudi, and Mandy Patinkin can’t score some laughs, there’s just no hope left.

Take a look, and let us know what you think of this one.


Demi Lovato (Smurfette)
Rainn Wilson (Gargamel)
Joe Manganiello (Hefty)
Jack McBrayer (Clumsy)
Danny Pudi (Brainy)
with Mandy Patinkin (Papa Smurf)

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 rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

For more about SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE, please visit the below link for a new video blog featuring the film’s director, Kelly Asbury, discussing the making of the film.




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