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Monday, April 17, 2017

"Smurfs: The Lost Village"

by Sheryl Wall

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Smurfs: The Lost Village begins with a narration about how each Smurf has a name related to their talent or ability except for Smurfette. The story continues with her trying to find out what her abilities are. She then uses Brainy's new invention that is supposed to reveal her abilities but ends up breaking it instead. Brainy believes it's because she isn't a Smurf like the boys but instead was created by Gargamel out of clay.

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Since the invention is ruined, Smurfette and her friends Hefty, Brainy, and Clumsy go snowboarding as a distraction and she spots a blue creature in the Forrest who drops a hat similar to hers. This was a sudden shift in the story that didn't quite flow, but over all the story comes together well. She is then captured by Gargamel who sees the hat and decides to search for what he believes is a lost village of Smurfs. Her friends soon help her escape. Later, even though Papa Smurf forbids it, Smurfette and her friends go out in the Forbidden Forest looking for the Lost Village so they can warn them about Gargamel. They experience many new wonders on their adventure in the Forbidden Forest and end up making new friends.

Image source: Sony Pictures

The Lost Village is a completely animated film unlike the previous movies. The storyline was unique and full of unexpected adventures in the Forbidden Forest--it made me think of Alice in Wonderland when they first entered the forest with all the new creatures and live flowers. My favorite scenes were the ones of the adventures leading up to finding the Village. The scenes on the water were very well done, and I really liked the luminescent rabbits. This is one of my favorite Smurf movies that didn't include the human world, except for Gargamel of course.

This is a fun movie that I enjoyed taking my girls to during the Easter break. It's a cute movie that the whole family can enjoy. Both my 2 year old and 8 year old loved it and will probably want to own it someday.

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Sheryl Wall is an ongoing contributor to our
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