Monday, December 12, 2011

2011 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE - SMURFS 3D dvd review


Once in a blue moon, one gets a glimpse of what's truly important in life--and it's not always what one might expect. In the hidden land of the Smurfs, the perpetually happy blue creatures are preparing for the Blue Moon festival. They have no clue that the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) is about to follow one of them into their secret world in an attempt to capture their happy essence--a substance guaranteed to render his magic all-powerful. In a striking parallel toEnchanted, a vortex suddenly opens up and sucks Papa, Grouchy, Smurfette, Brainy, Gutsy, and Clumsy Smurf into the middle of New York City, with Gargamel following close behind. Shocked expectant parents Patrick and Grace Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays) end up with an apartment full of the little blue beings. They eventually befriend the Smurfs and agree to help them outsmart Gargamel and find their way back home. What ensues is a danger-filled, comical adventure that takes the Smurfs from Central Park to Patrick's place of employment and even FAO Schwarz. Just when it looks like their plan to return home will fail, and that they've destroyed Patrick's career in the process, things really heat up and everyone learns a lesson about what's really important in life and about believing in oneself. The film does a good job melding live action and animation, and there's plenty of humor involved for both kids and adults. Most kids will laugh their way through the film, but there are some situations of peril that the very youngest or easily frightened might find rather intense. Harris and Mays do a good job interacting with their new blue friends. Azaria is quite an effective villain and Frank Welker's cat Azrael is hysterical. Other notable voice talent includes Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf, Alan Cumming as Gutsy, Katy Perry as Smurfette, Fred Armisen as Brainy, George Lopez as Grouchy, and Anton Yelchin as Clumsy.


Now I can remember the original cartoon and loved it as a kid so I had wondered if I would love this version of the them.  I have to say I did like it especially the cat, Azrael.  He was my favorite in the movie.  I also really liked the newest Smurf, Gutsy.  My kids really liked this movie ( They have watched it like 10 times since we got the movie in one weekend).  The really great thing about the movie is that it has something for both kids and adults.  There are scenes to make the whole family laugh out loud.  

I am sure some diehard Smurf fans may not like the addition of a new Smurf, but I loved him.  This movie will be great for kids and will take parents back when they hear the first few notes of the Smurf Theme Song.  Trust me the song is still stuck in my head from this weekend.  LA LA LALA ...

The dvd is available at mass retailers where dvds are sold and online at for $ 26.99.  SO go get it and have a Smurfiliciously great time with the family!

* I received the above mentioned product solely for review purposes.  The above mentioned opinion is completely honest and completely my own.

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