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Blu-ray Review: Smurfs: The Lost Village

July 26, 2017

By John Corrado

★★½ (out of 4)

The first fully animated Smurfs movie, Smurfs: The Lost Village finds Smurfette (Demi Lovato) struggling with the fact that she was created by the dark wizard Gargamel (Rainn Willson), and searching for her true identity and purpose as the only female in a world of male Smurfs.

When Smurfette discovers another Smurf at the edge of the Forbidden Forest, she disobeys the orders of Papa Smurf (Mandy Patinken) and sets out on a journey with her friends Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer) and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) in search of a lost village.

How much you enjoy Smurfs: The Lost Village will likely depend on how much affection you already have for these little blue characters, and I personally found it to be an alright if not particularly memorable experience.  The story is thoroughly predictable and feels a little clunky at times, but the film’s attempts to revamp the franchise by putting a gender balanced spin on this world show that at least some thought went into it, and will likely win it more points with certain audiences.

There is a pleasantly soft look to the animation that makes the film easy on the eyes, and ensures that it stands out from its live action and animation counterparts.  The film also features some likeable voice work from Danny Pudi and Jack McBrayer in particular.  Put simply, Smurfs: The Lost Village is cute and enjoyable enough to offer a harmless diversion for younger viewers, with appealing animation for older audiences to enjoy.

The Blu-ray also includes a commentary track with director Kelly Asbury and others, a selection of four unfinished deleted scenes, the production featurettes Kids at Heart! The Making of Smurfs: The Lost Village, Making the Song “You Will Always Find Love in Your Heart” and The Sound of the Smurfs, as well as the music video for Meghan Trainor’s “I’m a Lady” and a bunch of other vignettes.

Smurfs: The Lost Village is a Sony Pictures Home Entertainment release.  It’s 90 minutes and rated G.

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