The Smurfs

The Smurfs
US Theatrical: Jul 29, 2011

Animation Studio: Sony Pictures Animation

Popularity: 155th All Time, 201st This Week

Franchise: Smurfs
Characters on BTVA: 21
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said at 4:17 PM on Thu Sep 24 2015
I firmly believe that the casting directors picked names out of a hat. And then threw in Katy Perry because she was popular.
said at 3:10 AM on Fri Sep 25 2015
@Michaelsar I get more entertainment out of Fred Armisen as George Lopez.
said at 3:47 AM on Thu Sep 25 2014
I only seen the 2D short but man LOOK AT THOSE EYES they are damn creepy I prefer more normal sized eyes over huge buggers but these are ready to pop out anytime
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 10:57 PM on Wed Dec 14 2011
To put things in perspective, I read that the film makers heard Katy Perry's voice somewhere and thought the voice would be perfect for Smurfette before realizing the it was actually Katy Perry.
said at 10:30 PM on Sat Dec 17 2011
@Foxwolf I know that they knew Katy Perry would be good for the part when they heard her voice. I HIGHLY doubt they didn't know it was Katy Perry. Since they hired a bunch of other voiceover novice celebrities, it only makes sense that they would do it for all the major Smurf characters. I doubt they even auditioned anyone or cast anyone based their VOICE and their VOICE alone. The voices are some of the many reasons this film totally failed to capture any of the spirit or magic of the original series.
said at 11:17 PM on Tue Dec 13 2011
I do get tired of these kind of movies casting celebrities as voice actors. What would be the problem with casting true voice actors who would undoubtably do a much better job than a celebrity only cast to bring name power. I mean... c'mon! I'm not saying they should've brought Lucille back as Smurfette, but VA like Tara Strong or Kari Wahlgren would've been fantastic in the character!
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 11:48 PM on Tue Dec 13 2011

Have you seen the movie man? Can you honestly say she did a terrible job with the role?? I understand your point but you have to realize they need to market and sell these movies and bringing in celebs unfortunately is one way to do this.
said at 10:31 PM on Wed Dec 14 2011
@OptimusSolo She was... okay. She kinda just played herself. Don't get me wrong, I think KP is a great singer, but she's not very good at voice acting. I don't believe that they really need to cast celebrities since I know a lot of people who don't even know the people who do the voices in these movies anyway. Even so, they could make names for the TRUE voice actors who can actually do their job. Frank Welker has become well known in recent years because of his fantastic voice work as Curious George (his name is even mixed with the celebrities on the front cover of CG 2), and Grey DeLisle was going to have a lead role in Tangled at one point. There have been many successful animated movies with no celebrity voices. It's not fair that they cast actors in these movies based on their name alone. I want to hear Smurfette... not Katy Perry... I'm not the only one who thinks this (Billy West has been protesting the use of non-professional celebrity voices for years).

The only celebrities who make decent voice actors are Robin Williams, Mike Myers, Betty White, George Lopez, Eddie Murphy, Tim Allen, Catherine Zeta Jones, Kimberly J Brown, Kelsey Grammar, Patrick Warburton, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, and maybe a couple more.

And yes, I have seen this movie... it was decent, but I think it would've been more neat and original if it was set entirely in Smurfland (with the Smurfs having their own adventures) instead of being ANOTHER movie where animated characters struggle to deal with the real world (it's already been done to death with Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, Fat Albert, and I guess Alvin and the Chipmunks counts too).
said at 4:15 PM on Thu Sep 24 2015
@PurpleWarrior13 Katy Perry, to her credit, was SLIGHTLY better in the sequel.

But yeah, this whole "We must cast only celebrities in our animated movies and only let professionals voice a few minor characters" thought process must stop. And I agree that Tara Strong would have made a good Smurfette.
said at 11:33 AM on Tue Aug 16 2011
It's pretty easy for me to make absolute fun of this film, just because of three things that come to my mind: 1) The concept is overused and not even worth being intelligent, having CGI characters and live-action mix together. 2) Hank Azaria as Gargamel is more likely to be the SAVING GRACE of this cheap effort. And 3) Is Hollywood even trying anymore? Not to be a nostalgia maniac, but I thought the only CGI that was truly passable was Pixar... Unless if I'm mistaken, anyway. Also, am I the only one who really wants to punch the voice director for casting in both George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf and Katy Perry as Smurfette? Really??? Of all the legends, they get these two? Maybe I should relax...
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 10:04 PM on Mon Dec 12 2011

Yea I think you should. Have you even seen the movie?
said at 5:59 AM on Tue Dec 13 2011
@OptimusSolo Not really, but from watching clips and hearing audience reactions, it's just typical cookie-cutter "CGI meets real life" Hollywood stuff. I believe the only actually great sense of CG animation is usually what's been done in Japan... for instance, Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children.

Besides, I'm a critic. Just telling me to relax is like forcing George Lucas to kill off Jar-Jar Binks. As much as most Star Wars fans hate the character, there are few who like him.

And...... I assume you got nothing out of this?
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 11:47 PM on Tue Dec 13 2011

Sorry man, no offense but its pretty hard to follow your grammar most of the time
said at 6:15 PM on Fri Jun 26 2015
@Ninjaman15 You forgot to mention Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf. The other saving grace of this film. :(
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