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Links to our threads on other hybrid live/CGI rodent/cartoon-character movies Garfield (2004-2006), Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007-2011), G-Force (2009), Yogi Bear (2010), Rats of NIMH (in development), The Berenstain Bears (in development), Marvin the Martian (in development), Speedy Gonzalez (in development), I Hop (in development), Mighty Mouse (in development), Babar the Elephant (in development), Bugs Bunny (in development) and Pepe Le Pew (in development). We don't seem to have any threads on The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle (2000), Scooby-Doo (2002-2004) or Marmaduke (2010).

Hank Azaria was easily the best thing about Year One and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, and of course he's done lots of great voice work on The Simpsons ... so hearing that he might provide the voice of Gargamel almost makes me interested in this film. Almost.

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Exclusive: 'Smurfs' casting scoop: Hank Azaria to voice Gargamel; Katy Perry takes Smurfette

This Smurfs movie is coming together quickly — and with some top-notch voice talent to boot. Sources tell EW.com that Hank Azaria — best known for the numerous hilarious characters he voices on The Simpsons, like Moe the bartender and Apu the Kwik-E-Mart owner — will lend his voice to the character of Gargamel, the evil sorcerer and arch-nemesis of the Smurfs.

Furthermore, pop star Katy Perry will voice Smurfette, while George Lopez and Alan Cumming will play two of the other little blue guys. EW.com has also learned that Jayma Mays, who plays guidance counselor Emma Pillsbury on Glee, will play the pregnant wife to Neil Patrick Harris’ character. . . .

Entertainment Weekly, March 17

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Please, God, make it go away.

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Somebody, somewhere is banking on the studpidity and richness of the American people. WAKE UP, America! A walk on the beach will be better next summer. Don't take your kids to rehashed non-thought drivel. Link to the preview I saw for Yogi Bear and this blue pixie garbola yesterday, although The Smurfs wasn't a full trailer it was still awful. If I saw a smurf live I would step on it with impunity. DOWN WITH THE SMURFS AT ALL COSTS!

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DOWN WITH THE SMURFS AT ALL COSTS!

There are some 90s-era fundamentalists who would definitely agree with you on that. (See my link earlier in the thread.)

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How I wish I could believe that the whole world will look at that trailer and go, "Yikes, you couldn't pay me to watch that."

Who knows, maybe the movie isn't as awful as the trailer suggests (doubtful). Still, I'd love to believe that the world would make that judgment about that trailer.

Life is cruelly disappointing.

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If I end up having to take my kids to this i am going to whack somebody in the weener

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If I end up having to take my kids to this i am going to whack somebody in the weener

I think you mean smurf somebody in the smurf.

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Tasha Robinson at The AV Club says that the movie is pretty awful. (You are surprised, I'm sure.)

’80s nostalgists who always wanted to see Gargamel get Tasered—or watch rapping Smurfs improvising a version of “Walk This Way” with lyrics about Smurfette’s hotness—need look no further than this update, but there’s little reason for childless adults to see The Smurfs, unless they’re just curious to know how far filmmakers can go in using feigned sincerity to sell a thoroughly calculated, cynical product.

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What, you mean you DON'T want to see Gargamel pissing into a bucket of ice at a restaurant? (Well, technically we don't SEE him do this, but...)

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Movieguide:

BBB, C, CapCap, Ho, L, V, N, A) Very strong moral worldview with some redemptive elements of sacrifice, some strong capitalist elements of competing and advertisements, with some light implied homosexual content, including a comment by Smurfette that she “kissed a Smurf, and I liked it” (alluding to the homo-erotic song by Katy Perry, “I kissed a girl, and I liked it”), as well as light magic, but the focus is on making a moral statement about good triumphing over evil and the value of family and friendship over getting ahead and getting rich; no explicit foul language (but at times the use of the word “Smurf” to replace an obvious obscenity, e.g., “Smurf me” is annoying), one blasphemous comment about how a character can go and work for God if they fail at their job, and a few scatological jokes, such as “I think I just Smurfed in my mouth”; lots of light action and comic violence such as plenty of chases, destruction of Smurf village, Gargamel gets smashed by a tree trunk defense system, a Smurf throws a human a punch, a human attempts to beat Smurfs with umbrella, Gargamel viciously whacks a (digital) cat and sucks Smurfs into a leaf vaccum in order to extract their essence via torture, Smurfs attack Gargamel with golf balls, Smurfette throws nail in (digital) cat’s mouth, Gargamel is sent flying through the air and upon landing is smashed by a bus; no sex scenes or crudity but Smurfette puts on a sexy dress and stands on top of vent replicating the famous Marilyn Monroe scene, sexy models staff a party to sell cosmetic products with their looks; upper male Smurf nudity; cocktail party in central park for product launch; no smoking or drugs; and, nothing else objectionable.

Wow. Upper male Smurf Nudity is a quandry for our times.

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"some strong capitalist elements of competing and advertisements, with some light implied homosexual content"

"one blasphemous comment about how a character can go and work for God if they fail at their job, and a few scatological jokes, such as “I think I just Smurfed in my mouth"

Whoever starts a tumblr to keep track of this stuff is going to gain an avid following.

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"some strong capitalist elements of competing and advertisements, with some light implied homosexual content"

See, it is the pro-capitalism comment that puzzles me.

I get (or think that I do) that some review(er)s are ideologically driven and hence prone to endorse positive depictions of or comments about their ideology within a work of art. Taking those references (in this case the existence of advertising) and extrapolating from them a world view that allegedly permeates the whole is a much dicier proposition.

Yeah, there is advertising in our world. There is no advertising in the Smurf village, which looks a little bit more like a socialist collective with permanent roles proscribed by the benevolent dictator. (Despite one nod at the end towards the idea of autonomy and "you can be anything" Clumsy must always be clumsy, Papa is always leader, etc.). **SPOILERS**

The climactic battle between Smurfs and GarbageSmell is one of collectivism overcoming individual power and initiative enhanced through technology. The central scene at the toy store is a broad caricature of selfishness wrought by capitalistic excess, with the Smurfs almost destroyed by human lust for the new product. Doogie Howser is portrayed as a wage-slave to a fickle capitalistic tyrant boss who threatens to fire him if he doesn't sublimate all family life to his work--the Blue Moon ad is an accident, not the product of hard work, and the implication throughout is that in order to succeed he must place work before family, which seems an indictment of capitalism. Yeah, there are product placements aplenty in the film, but that just says the film is a product of capitalism, not an endorsement of it.

Oh, and for the record, the sum total of my review on Facebook was that I may have finally found a film I hated as much as Tree of Life.

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: . . . some light implied homosexual content, including a comment by Smurfette that she “kissed a Smurf, and I liked it” (alluding to the homo-erotic song by Katy Perry, “I kissed a girl, and I liked it”) . . .

I'm surprised they don't cite the bit where Gargamel says "I wish I could quit you" to his cat (a nod to Brokeback Mountain, for those who don't get the reference).

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: . . . some light implied homosexual content, including a comment by Smurfette that she “kissed a Smurf, and I liked it” (alluding to the homo-erotic song by Katy Perry, “I kissed a girl, and I liked it”) . . .

I'm surprised they don't cite the bit where Gargamel says "I wish I could quit you" to his cat (a nod to Brokeback Mountain, for those who don't get the reference).

Wait, Gargamel's in love with his cat? Worst mental image ever.

Edited by Tyler

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Confusing capitalism with the Gospel is disturbing on its face, even without citing upper-male Smurf nudity. Closet case?

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