Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017)

Smurfs: The Lost Village poster

Columbia Pictures
Starring:
 Rainn Wilson, Frank Welker
Directed by: Kelly Asbury

Cat Out of the Bag Alert!  This review contains some spoilers for this film!

Synopsis: Smurfette spies a mysterious-looking Smurf near the Forbidden Forest and is joined by Hefty, Brainy and Clumsy (not to mentioned followed by Gargamel) to uncover a lost village of other Smurfs.

Cartoon Cat: The latest entry in the Smurfs franchise returns to a strictly animated format with no live action involved. Hence the Smurfs, as well as Gargamel and Azrael, are animated characters, albeit in a 3D model. The pair are joined by a bird this time named Monty, who bears some resemblence to the Howlibird from the animated series.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Gargamel and Azrael cat looking into boiling cauldron

As usual, Gargamel is trying to capture the Smurfs and is continuously berating Azrael, even when he is trying to help the wizard.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Azrael cat sticking out tongue

In turn Azrael continues to roll his eyes and mock Gargamel, also laughing out loud at him when he encounters misfortune.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Azrael cat looking disgusted

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Azrael cat mocking Gargamel animated gif

When they capture Smurfette she is hiding the hat from the strange Smurf she had seen. Gargamel tries to get it from her but Azrael manages to snag it, only to be left hanging when Gargamel refuses to high five him.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Gargamel leaves Azrael cat hanging on high five animated gif

Gargamel continues to ignore Azrael’s input and suggestions, only to take credit for them moments later.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Gargamel looking smug and Azrael cat looking angry

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Azrael cat pointing at map

Azrael is startled to find a patch of fur missing when Gargamel uses cat hair in one of his potions.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Azrael cat shocked at missing fur

In the Forbidden Forest, Gargamel and his sidekicks encounter some lively plants. Azrael has no trouble boxing with a flower and then helps scare other flowers away from Gargamel.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Azrael cat boxing with flower

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Azrael cat licking himself on Gargamel's head

They encounter the Smurfs as each group tries to reach the Lost Village first.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Azrael cat looking down at Smurfs

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Gargamel, Azrael cat and Monty looking shocked on river

On some roaring rapids, the bad guys fall into the water. The Smurfs debate about going back to help them.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Gargamel, Azrael cat and Monty scared on rapids

Deciding to do the right thing, the Smurfs help Gargamel, Azrael and Monty, only to be thrown off their own raft by the baddies.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Gargamel and Azrael cat seemingly grateful for being rescued

Unfortunately after some trial and tribulation Gargamel does find the new village after the Smurfs do and Azrael attacks.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Azrael cat attacks

Having captured the Lost Village inhabitants, Azrael tries to alert Gargamel when the Smurfs attempt to escape.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Azrael cat pointing at escaping Smurfs

Azrael tries to reach them but just ends up getting knocked out. Needless to say the Smurfs live to see another day.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Azrael cat looking up at Smurfs

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Azrael cat knocked out

There is also a cute during-credits segment with Gargamel berating Azrael and telling him, among other things, that he’s not the cat’s father.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Gargamel, Azrael cat and Monty walking in front of credits

Frank Welker was the only cast member from the previous two theatrical releases to reprise his role in this film, that of voicing Azrael.

Smurfs: The Lost Village - Azrael cat

Smurfs: The Lost Village - publicity art

Final Mewsings: Azrael really needs to find a nicer owner.


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