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From comics, to the small TV screen series and now to the big cinema screen!
The Smurfs have been classic characters in the comics world, but now they have turned live. The Smurfs village, mushrooms houses, and blue colors are now being featured in 3D on cinemas, portraying an enjoyable and funny adventure.
On the Opening Weekend the movie gain a total of $35.6 millions in US. The total worldwide cipher reached $55.5 millions.
The Director, Raja Gosnell, leaves the audience satisfied once again. His previous productions and participation on films such as: Never Been Kissed (1999), Scooby-Doo (2002), Big Momma’s House (2000) and Home Alone 3 (1997) have placed him in a great position in the cinema industry.
The Smurfs were first introduced as a comic series, by the Belgian cartoonist Peyo, (Pierre Culliford) on October 23, 1958, The name “Smurfs” came up to Peyo’s mind when he was eating with his friend André Franquin and the world salt didn’t came up to his mind. Speaking in French he asked his friend to pass him the ( schroumpf). Franquin responded: “Here’s the Schtroumpf , when you are done schtroumpfing, schtroumpf it back…” and after joking around they translated this word into Dutch as Smurf.
The comic strips followed a same pattern where the storylines were full with adventures. The movie brings up again a lot of adventure, where the Smurfs by running away from the evil Gargamel (Hank Azaria), leave their world and end up in New York City.
What is really interesting about the movie is the combination of reality and unreality. These characters are in the real world for the first time. They ended up living with a married couple Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris), and Grace Winslow (Jayma Mays) whom at first were afraid by this blue creatures but at the end they form a great friendship.
Gargamel also ended up in the city, to chase after the Smurfs. The movie shows the essence of the Smurfs, and how these characters behave. As any other community they always want to stick together, and each Smurf collaborates and contributes with different tasks. Most of them look alike, all with their short with trousers, blue skin, and white hats.
The movie depicts several values as friendship, trust, and hope. The friendship among the Smurfs is something unique and solid, everyone cares about the other. Trust comes when they have to live in the real world with complete strangers, but immediately they opened themselves to the unknown and try to build a beautiful relationship with the humans. The last value is hope, which appears throughout all the movie, since the only thing that the Smurfs want to do is return to their home and they are just waiting to have a full moon so they can return, as the same way they arrived to the real world.
We can see how reality and fantasy show an amazing combination, but the movie shows how both of them cannot fit in one world. For the Smurfs it would be too dangerous to remain in the real world where they don’t belong, and humans would always want to take advantage of them.