Smurfs: The Lost Village – Chris Stuckmann

Chris Stuckmann reviews Smurfs: The Lost Village.

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Quick, funny reviews of movies and games, new and old.


  1. Well… at least they improved but I still don’t really want to see this movie. Haha.

  2. Sounds like they actually got it right.

    I was in elementary school when they were running the original Smurfs in heavy syndication so I’d watch it before catching the school bus, and yeah…that’s what the Smurfs were always meant to be. Simple characters that learned simple lessons in a magical fantasy forest.

    It’s perfectly okay that this is just for kids.

  3. You know, if Sailor Moon had a 15-foot Batman helping her and the Scouts fight crime, I probably would have watched the show more.

    It’s not just the fact they were trying to bring in adult audiences with the first couple of films; it’s also that the whole “High Fantasy Characters in Modern American Setting” shtick has been done to death. Hercules in New York, Beastmaster, Masters of the Universe. And the reasons are just to blatantly obvious: because they’re too cheap to actually create a multi-dimensional fantasy world for the characters to inhabit, so to get around that, they just put them into a modern setting.

    • The Real Silverstar

      The idea to plant the Smurfs into modern day New York and surround them with tons o’ product placement was the brain child of Sony. The Smurfs movies were originally going to be an animated trilogy set entirely in their medieval fantasy universe, but when Sony became attached to the project, they wanted something along the lines of the live-action/CGI Alvin & The Chipmunks movie, hence we ended up with the Smurfs trading barbs with Neil Patrick Harris.

      Thankfully the studio now seems to be treating those other 2 films like a spot on the carpet: putting a throw rug over them and just pretending they don’t exist.

      I appreciate Chris’ not giving away the plot twist, even though the trailers have given it away already.

  4. As a fellow anime fan, I can’t WAIT to hear what you have to say about Ghost In The Shell! This should be so good!

  5. I find it mildly annoying when people refer to Smurfs: The Lost Village as “Smurfs 3”. This movie isn’t a sequel, nor does it follow the same continuity as the previous 2 live action films. This one is completely animated and has been entirely re-cast. Lost Village isn’t a follow up to Smurfs 2; it takes place as if the other 2 movies never happened.

    Having said that, I have no vaunted interest in seeing this movie in theaters. This movie has “Redbox 24 hour rental” stamped all over it.

  6. Sorry, but no. I’m an adult and I found this movie to be not just better than crap – it was wonderfully animated, genuinely hilarious at times, touching when it needed to be and it built its story on the best, most complex thing in the entire Smurfdom – the origins of Smurfette. And they did it justice – as much as they could have without completely losing the kids of course. So no, it wasn’t “serviceable for kids” – it’s great for anyone.

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