Big Apple adventure fails to thrill
at younger audiences, such as when evil wizard Gargamel inspects a portable loo, thinking it to be a cauldron, and rushes out choking, “Somebody has been working dark and terrible magic in there.” As the Blue Moon Festival approaches, Papa Smurf (voiced by Winters) experiences a horrifying vision of archnemesis Gargamel (Azaria) imprisoning the entire Smurf village in cages and lovable Clumsy (Yelchin) fumbling a dragon-shaped wand that could save the Smurfs from their grim fate. Soon after, Clumsy accidentally leads Gargamel to the village and the Smurfs flee for their lives. Papa, Smurfette (Perry), Clumsy, Brainy (Armisen), Gutsy (Cumming) and Grouchy (Lopez) stumble upon a portal, which sucks them into presentday New York with Gargamel in pursuit. Luckily, kind advertising executive Patrick Winslow (Harris) and his pregnant wife Grace (Mays) are on hand to help the Smurfs return to their village. The Smurfs 3D recycles the fish-out-of-water plot of Alvin And The Chipmunks and doesn’t have any original ideas about what to do with the tiny characters once they are at large among us. FAMILY WATCH: No swearing, No Sex, Violence.
Neil Patrick Harris in The Smurfs 3D.