Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Smurfs 3D gets a teaser. Looks smurfing awful.

Well, this looks like the hell-spawn of the Alvin and the Chipmunks series. Oddly enough, the human cast was interesting enough (Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azira) and the Smurf voices somewhat out-of-left-field (Paul Ruebens, Wolfgang Puck, Katy Perry, Jonathan Winters, etc) that I almost convinced myself that this might be more than a cash grab. And it very well might be, but this teaser doesn't help the situation. I'm amused by the official plot synopsis, which will be set in Smurf village only in the opening scenes, before magically sending our blue heroes to New York City for the remainder of the picture. Yes, because that went over so well for Masters of the Universe back in 1987. I imagine that He-Man's earthbound adventure was a budgetary choice back then (Gary Goddard's commentary track is a heart breaker, in terms of discussing what didn't happen due to money troubles), but I don't know what Sony's excuse is. Although, to be fair, Fox's Alvin and the Chipmunks movies are dirt-cheap outside of the CGI animals (Alvin and the Chipmunks: the Squeakquel was actually positioned for Christmas 09 as a fail-safe in case Avatar flopped). Oh well, Good Journey, smurfs.

Scott Mendelson

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