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We had a Smurfin’ good time at Toronto’s advanced screening of Sony Pictures’ Smurfs™ : The Lost Village this weekend.
ABOUT SMURFS: The Lost Village:
In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette (Demi Lovato) and her best friends Brainy (Danny Pudi), Clumsy (Jack McBrayer) and Hefty (Joe Manganiello) 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 (Rainn Wilson) 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! Watch the trailer HERE
The third animated film installment of the Smurfs franchise doesn’t disappoint, and the gang of blue creatures are as adorable as we would expect. The Smurfs™ were a childhood Saturday cartoon fav of ours, so it was so enjoyable attending this screening with our own kids in tow.
Both kids and adults will love this fun, witty, humorous and heart-warming film. A few moments even had me shedding a tear. Our kids especially loved all the animated action of the film set to an upbeat soundtrack. The new song by Meghan Trainor “I’m A Lady” has been playing in all our heads on repeat since the film ended!
Smurfette takes centre stage in this film, as we’re taken on a magical adventure to uncover not only the lost village, but also her true life purpose and identity. I love that the filmmakers address her lack of identifying feature up to now as the only female Smurf (or so we thought!) and the moments that celebrated girl power, our uniqueness and phenomenal female strengths had this Mom of a daughter applauding the creators. We all really liked the addition of new, lovable female Smurfs like Smurfstorm (Michelle Rodriguez), Smurflily (Ariel Winter) and Smurfwillow (Julia Roberts).
Symbolically, the film shows the strength of a village, in Smurf-land and life in general, is only as strong as the whole of all its parts. All of the Smurfs (including their new found friends in the Lost Village) need to work together to prevent the evil wizard Gargamel from messing with their discovery. It also sweetly reminds us to never take for granted what lies at the heart of the village, nor underestimate the need to nurture and care for each other and celebrate our differences always. It takes the entire village to conquer and thrive.
Our kids called this film “awesome”, “so cool” and asked to go see it again! So it’s safe to say, this film got a thumbs up all around from this crew, and we hope you and your family enjoy it as well. Smurfs™: The Lost Village hits theatres April 7, 2017. It promises to be a Smurfin’ good time!
Get your family in the spirit with these fun, printable colouring and drawing activities:
Give this Smurfberry Pie recipe a try:
For more info and activities, check out Smurfsmovie.com!
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