Thu 07 Dec 2017, 23:00 | (0)
Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer
In this animated kids movie, the Smurfs are back in their Smurfiest adventure, ever! Best friends Smurfette Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty use a special map that guides them through the Forbidden Forest, an enchanted wonderland that's filled with magical creatures. Their adventure leads them on a course to discover the biggest secret in Smurf history, encountering a colony of fire-breathing dragonflies, getting lost in a maze of caverns and meeting a stampede of glow-in-the-dark rabbits, amongst many other things! Ultimately, their adventure is a race against time and the evil wizard Gargamel to uncover the secret.
Director Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo and Juliet, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron) wanted to make a film that takes place in a world much closer to that imagined by creater Peyo when he introduced the Smurfs in 1959. “Many things inspired the type of movie we wanted to make. Everyone involved agreed that the story should be a high-adventure journey, so classic movies like Raiders of the Lost Ark and Goonies came to mind,” she says. “The richness in color was influenced by the great French Impressionist painters. The Forbidden Forest, where the Smurfs venture, was envisioned as equal parts Oz, Pandora and Wonderland, filled with dangerous and magical creatures like Smurf-eating Flowers or Boxing and Kissing Plants, to name a few.”
Asbury clearly has a soft spot for children’s entertainment – something she says stems from her childhood passion for family films like Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and To Kill a Mockingbird. “I remember Goonies, I remember Stand By Me, E.T., The Wizard of Oz, It’s a Wonderful Life. Those are really my favorites. I love all sorts of movies, whether made by Scorsese or Frank Capra,” she says. “I love them all. But I hope to give families and kids memories where they’re growing and they look back at movies like Gnomeo and Juliet or Smurfs: The Lost Village, they look back in fondness that that was a time when they had a great time in the theater. That’s what I remember. It’s so nostalgic for me to see those films now. It just puts me right back. I can smell the popcorn when I watch them”.
True Blood actor Joe Mangianello voices Hefty Smurf in the film and says the way he approached the role was clearly affected by the sense that the film had to appeal to audiences of all ages. “I think that there’s a part of you that gets woken up. It wakes up the kid in you. You start seeing the movie or the performance through the eyes of a child,” he says. “There’s a part of you that’s performing to make kids laugh, but there’s also a part that wants to make the parents bringing the kids laugh, too. There’s a dual nature to the performance. You’re playing for two audiences at the same time, which is very fun”.