The first two Smurfs movies blended live-action actors with CGI versions of the creatures, and while both instalments ended up succeeding at the box office, they didn’t exactly sit well with critics. Smurfs: The Lost Village, meanwhile, is saying goodbye to humans and a real life setting in order to focus on the beloved characters in their own world, though it obviously remains to be seen whether or not that will make any sort of difference when it comes to the critical response it receives.
Based on what we see in the teaser above (and the international version below), Smurfs: The Lost Village definitely looks like a lot of fun. It will no doubt be a film that’s mostly for younger viewers, but it could be that there’s just enough charm in here to ensure that parents and adults in general also find something to enjoy.
For more on what to expect from the movie, here’s the official synopsis:
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does. Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!
Smurfs: The Lost Village is directed by Kelly Asbury and written by Stacey Harman and Pamela Ribon. The impressive voice cast includes Demi Lovato (Smurfette), Rainn Wilson (Gargamel), Joe Manganiello (Hefty), Jack McBrayer (Clumsy), Danny Pudi (Brainy) and Mandy Patinkin (Papa Smurf), and it’ll hit theatres on April 7th, 2017.