- Direction: Kelly Asbury
- Voices: Demi Lovato, Mandy Patinkin
- Rating: 1.5 / 5
After two underwhelming live-action / CG cartoon hybrids (2011 and 2013), the viewer is now subjected to an even more dispensable all-animated threequel about the Smurfs.
In case you’re wondering, the pint-sized, blue-skinned characters were created by the Belgian comic strip artist Pierre Culliford aka Peyo, in the late 1950s.
This time around, Smurfette (voiced by Demi Lovato), the sole female in the tribe, ventures outside the enchanted-forest habitat.
Accompanied by her three best friends, they eventually stumble upon an all-female enclave whose inhabitants (voiced among others by Julia Roberts and Michelle Rodriguez) help Smurfette find her true purpose.
En route, the quartet encounters wondrous flora and fauna and fends off an evil wizard (Rainn Wilson) and his eagle and feline cohorts.
The digital animation is bland, the use of 3D ineffective, and the gags largely an endurance. The background music score is sappy.
The target audience of wee ones will likely be amused by the shenanigans. Accompanying adults will probably doze through the film’s 90-minute runtime.
Watch the trailer here