Smurfs: The Lost Village is an updated, politically pleasing delivery of the beloved franchise. One that ended up bland and unfunny.
Smurfette encounters a mysterious blue creature one day and decides to investigate. Together with Clumsy, Brainy and Hefty, they defy Papa Smurf’s orders and ventured into the Forbidden Forest. There, they not only discover a whole village of Smurfs, they must also work with their new friends to survive another kidnapping by Gargamel.
This is my personal opinion. The Smurfs cartoons of the 80s were so enduring not simply because of their irresistible cuteness, but because there were all sorts of socio-political messages embedded into the episodes. Messages that work and please on a subliminal level. After re-watching most of the seasons in 2011, I concluded that the Smurfs were indeed creator Peyo’s vision of a socialist utopia. If you’re wondering why I was on the lookout, it was articles like this led me to investigate. I was stunned at how Peyo had so slyly worked his worldview on younger me back then.
Smurfs: The Lost Village uses an updated and more political neutral version of this formula, expressed through the expansion of the oldest Smurfs storylines. Smurfette’s origin and purpose. To be honest, this semi-feminism endorsement comes across as somewhat old and bland, At the same time, I’m also unsure whether I prefer the new more worldly and self-aware version of Smurfette. Call me a pig, but the Smurfette I love is the hysterical but intrepid, ooooh Papa Smurf (!!) blond head of the 80s. Despite her simplistic ways, that version feels more sophisticated and real.
Another character amendment that I disliked was that for Brainy Smurf. Brainy is the one all Smurf fans hate and love. Wait, we all hate him more than love, isn’t it? This revised version not only vastly tones down his obnoxiousness, it goes as far as to inject distinct elements of Handy Smurf. Was this done because the producers felt this would go down better with today’s young audiences? For me, it just felt odd. What I’m saying overall is, for better or worse, Peyo’s opinions has established too impregnable a mental fortress in me. I prefer my Smurfs simpler and less politically correct.
PS: While this movie somewhat disappointed, I still love the Smurfs! Here’s why!
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