‘The Smurfs 2′ Trailer: Smurf Puns, NPH and Cartoon Mayhem

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A full-length trailer for The Smurfs 2 has released online, for those parents who have young kids that enjoyed the previous live-action/CGI movie – featuring everyone’s favorite awards show host Neal Patrick Harris – or, rather, anyone in the mood for jokes about Smurf butts and double entendres involving the word “Smurf.”

Smurfs 2 also brings back Hank Azaria to play the follically-challenged evil wizard Gargamel, who hatches a new scheme to capture and harness the magical “Smurf-essence” (minds out of the gutter). The plan involves creating a race of mischief-making Smurf-like creatures (called Naughties), and kidnapping Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry), in order to turn her evil so that she will perform the necessary spell to transform the Naughties into real Smurfs.

Smurfs director Raja Gosnell came back for the second movie, which – similar to the first – includes the same celebrity voice cast (Anton Yelchin, John Oliver, George Lopez) and new guest appearances, like Christina Ricci voicing the female “Naughty” Vexy. Still, I’m not sure why Brendan Gleeson decided to make this his token Hollywood kids’ movie. Too bad Aardman Animation didn’t put together a sequel to The Pirates! Band of Misfits in time to stop him (kidding… not really).

smurfs 2 trailer The Smurfs 2 Trailer: Smurf Puns, NPH and Cartoon Mayhem

Honestly, the shocking thing isn’t that Smurfs 2 exists – after the 2011 live-action movie grossed $564 million worldwide (not kidding) – it’s that the sequel’s plot and script represents the handiwork of five different writers. That includes the four people who co-wrote the previous installment (David Ronn, Jay Scherick, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss), in addition to Kary Kirkpatrick, who previously served as a co-writer on respectable family-audience fare like Chicken Run and Charlotte’s Web.

The sequel appears to focus more on the Smurfs than NPH’s domestic issues – unlike the first movie – which makes this film easier to recommend to parents who want “Uncle Movie Theater” to babysit the kids for a couple hours. Mild praise, at best, but at least the juice box crowd will enjoy themselves, even as we watch our childhood nostalgia get milked for every penny that it’s worth.


The Smurfs 2 opens in 2D and 3D U.S. theaters on July 31st, 2013.

Source: Sony Pictures

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  1. It’s okay that our childhood Smurfs get the CGI treatment with kid humor, and very little (mild?) adult humor as you’ve pointed out with the “Smurfin’ Smurf!”

    (you should get that..)

    We (adults) can sit back, or.. I should say go back (internet) and watch the old hand-drawn smurfs in their glory. THEY (hand-drawn smurfs and Gargamel/his cat) were entertaining for us back in the 90s/80s(?), and these kid-grabbing CGI filled Smurfs are for the kids, nothing wrong with that.

    Nothing like a childhood treasure reduced to what was shown in The Smurfs movie, as entertaining as I’m assuming some movie goers of the adult variety found it to be, who, if for a fact, never have ever seen the originals, then good for them.

    I can’t believe it made that much money. I felt a flop, but I was proven wrong (well, I personally thought it wasn’t intended to entertain the adults, even with the adult-oriented humor)

    Okay, I’m done.
    Here’s to the sequel doing well, I guess.

    • Thing is, the first should’ve been a flop but for some reason, it seems the really bad movies that deserve to fail manage to make loads of money and it surprised the hell out of me to see it earned that much.

      It honestly does seem more like some people take their kids to any movie as a babysitter and don’t care what it is as long as it features a cartoon character of some sort, regardless of the quality of the plot.

      • Absolutely. Just look at how much ‘Man of Steel’ is making.

      • I work at a movie theater. Kids movie almost always do well because they only come out before school holidays (here in Australia anyway). During school terms, there arent many movies to take kids to, especially not young kids, so when a G-rated movie comes around, parents jump at the chance to take their kids to see it.

        It also depends on what other kids movies are released around the same time. If it’s the only one, then its going to do VERY well.

  2. When I was growing up in the 80s and 90s, my little sister use to watch the “Smurfs”. If you have ever seen the 80s and 90s cartoons, you would realize they were made to ‘entertain’ young children. “Transformers”, “GiJoe”, “MASK”, “Smurfs”, “GoBots”, “Snorks”, “Alf”, “Tale Spin”, etc…

    “Star Wars” also fits the mold.

    Even though I hate the prequel movies, I completely understand that they were not made for my generation. Yes, the original trilogy was a fantastic series; however, they were fun and exciting because I was ‘young and naive’.

    As you get past your teens and early adult years, the way you view these franchises should steadily change. You should be seeing the remakes through the eyes of an adult; thus, the lure of these franchises should have faded with time.

    “Smurfs” could be 90% fart jokes, and a three year old kid would die laughing. ….and, that is okay. I bet these films would be appealing to mothers and fathers. No death. No blood. No swearing.

    *thumbs up*

    • How many people remember watching the 1980s “Looney Toons” on Sundays?

      Do you remember the mysterious falling anvils? Where do they come from?

      I bet they made you laugh.

  3. There should be more NPH. That’s all I have to say