The good news is that there is no news in the land of Smurfdom. The cartoon creatures are still blue, three apples tall, cheerful as all get-out, and annoying as hell. Having directed Scooby-Doo
and Beverly Hills Chihuahua
, Gosnell is becoming something of a mixed live-action/animation expert, so you would think that by now his compositions would look less like human beings clutching at tiny, imagined Smurfs that are going to be filled in later. The plot lands the Smurfs in New York City, where they end up bunking with Grace and Patrick Winslow (Mays and Harris). The Smurfs are being chased by the evil but inept wizard Gargamel (played as a human cartoon by Azaria). Much chasing and escaping of Smurfs occurs at a frenzied pace, which seems designed to keep young ones’ eyes glued to the screen. It’s a good thing they couldn’t hear my mutterings: They were definitely not PG content. Read a full review of The Smurfs.