Smurfs: The Lost Village; relatively funny, amusing children’s flick
Television is an influential factor in our daily lives. It serves as a medium through which information, on a variety of topics, is easily disseminated. It also provides escapism through a number of sitcoms, dramas and other similar programs. Most people, including children, would be able to rattle off their favorite television programs at a moment’s notice. When it comes to favorite all-time children’s shows, Mister Rodgers’ Neighborhood, Sesame Street and Barney are likely to be popular answers. Another one that Hollywood hopes would make that list features little blue cartoon people whose name is used as a verb, adjective and noun.
Smurfs: The Lost Village is the story of Smurfette, her origins and place in the world of the little blue creatures. As the opening song and dance sequence illustrates, every single smurf is named after one extremely obvious, prominent personality trait they exhibit. Everyone that is, except Smurfette, who instead of being defined by her personality, is given a moniker directly tied to her gender.
After finally discovering this plainly obvious fact, Smurfette sets out on a personal fact-finding mission. A strange, chance encounter leads Smurfette and a group of her closest blue-colored friends to unearth something that is sure to rock the very foundation of the smurf universe. And maybe, just maybe in the process, the smurfs and viewers will finally learn why there has only ever been one female smurf.
Smurfs: The Lost Village is a film equipped with a simple and concise story. The writing, while not especially original, witty or funny, for that matter, is still readily accessible for its target demographic of children, always keeping it at a level they can understand. The film also answers questions that have lingered in the minds of smurf viewers since the program first debuted on television.
The film’s highly detailed and precise animation work, in some areas, is a sight not to be missed. Specifically, the instances when water is incorporated into the story will leave one thoroughly impressed. The level of craftsmanship on display is something to be admired. As evidenced here, cartoons and the animation behind them have come a long way in a short amount of time.
Smurfs: The Lost Village is sure to do what its intended to do: thoroughly please its target demographic. It’s a sweet and simple story with a few mild laughs between the opening and ending credits. 3 out of 5.