The Smurfs is based on the 1950s series of comics Les Schtroumpfs, created by Belgian illustrator Peyo, and the 1980s animated series The Smurfs.
The film adaptation brings the three-apple-tall blue creatures into the modern day, and combines live action with CGI animation for this PG-rated family film.
When The Smurfs are ousted from their medieval collective village by the evil Gargamel (Hank Azaria), they end up in New York to begin a new life. There they meet Patrick and Grace Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris and Glee’s Jayma Mays), expectant couple who allow the Smurfs to stay in their apartment.
The film is a refreshing update to modern times, with funny performances by the almost unrecognizable Azaria, and Harris and Winslow. The Smurfs are voiced by an array of classic and new talent, including Katy Perry as Smurfette, Fred Armisen as Brainy Smurf, and Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf. (Winters voiced Papa Smurf in the 1980s series, so it was very exciting to see him reprise his role.)
This is a fun family movie that can be enjoyed by generations; however, it is rated PG and may not be appropriate for children under 7. The Smurfs is available on DVD and Blu-Ray and is worth checking out! Also be sure and check out Smurfs Dance Party, available for the Wii and developed by Ubisoft of the awesome Just Dance series! Visit Redbox on Facebook for more details.
If you want to turn your family movie night into a theme, how about making these Smurfcakes? I made these over the weekend and they were a BIG hit.
1 box Pillsbury Classic White Cake Mix
1 can white frosting
1 tube blue food coloring (as part of a multi-pack)
1/4 cup cooking oil
3/4 cup liquid egg whites
1 1/4 cup water
Non-stick cooking spray
Following the directions on the box, preheat the oven to 350. Combine cake mix, oil, egg, water and food coloring in a large mixing bowl. Stir, whisk or mix until smooth. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners and coat with cooking spray. Scoop batter approximately 3/4 full into the cups. Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes. Cool, frost and serve.
Check out more photos of my Smurfin’ weekend in this Google+ Photostory: Let’s Smurf some Smurfcakes!
This post was sponsored by Collective Bias. All opinions are my own.