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Smurfs: The Lost Village a nostalgic step back in time

The cast of Smurfs: The Lost Village chatted with Yahoo Movies about the message of girl power in the film and how they found the spirit of female empowerment. In fact, she's not actually a Smurf, but a facsimile fabricated from a lump of clay by the evil wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson). So, there is a Clumsy Smurf (Jack McBrayer), a Hefty Smurf (Joe Manganiello) and a Brainy Smurf (Danny Pudi).

Smurfs in Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation's SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE. But, as with the last movie, the story focuses on an existential crisis for Smurf Village's lone female inhabitant, Smurfette (voiced by singer Demi Lovato).

The plot thickens when the adventurous Smurfette, with the help of an inverted leaf, hang glides over the wall separating the Smurf compound from the Forbidden Forest.

"The Lost Village" deals with Smurfette's journey to find out what kind of Smurf she really is.

As Smurfette and her friends go searching for a hidden village, director Kelly Asbury ("Gnomeo and Juliet") dutifully focuses on hijinks and misadventures.

Smurfs: The Lost Village is a far more straightforward approach in reigniting interest in the franchise, looking more like an extended episode of the cartoon series than a modern spin, which some could find an endearing approach on a nostalgic level. Meanwhile, Garagmel tries to snatch them at every move.

In 2011 and 2013, the animated series was re-booted to two mostly tiresome live-action-digital animation hybrids in which such human actors as Neil Patrick Harris and Hank Azaria interacted with the bite-sized blue critters. The film is dedicated to Peyo's wife, Nine, who is attributed with choosing the hue of blue for the Smurfs.

Running time: 91 min.

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