When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the Smurfs out of their village, through a magical portal, and into our world, they land in the middle of New York’s Central Park. Just three apples high and stuck in the Big Apple, the Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.
The film stars Neil Patrick Harris, Sofia Vergara, and Hank Azaria as Gargamel, with a voice cast led by Anton Yelchin and Katy Perry.
In 1958, a Belgian artist named Pierre “Peyo” Culliford created the Smurfs for a comic book. The “Schtroumpfs,” as they were called, were immediately popular – generating a wave of letters to the editor demanding more – and over the next fifty years, they became nothing short of a phenomenon, coming to life in comics, books, television series, films, videogames, live shows, and figurines (over 300 million sold). The characters’ cross-generational appeal has only grown as children who grew up on the Smurfs – including the Saturday morning cartoon – are now parents themselves and introducing their children to the Smurfs for the first time.
According to producer Jordan Kerner, it’s easy to see why the Smurfs have entertained people around the world for generations: it’s not just that they’re adorable – they also represent a type of humanity at its best. “The Smurfs are an analogy for a nation,” says Kerner. “They emphasize family and the importance of cooperation; more importantly, they always see the best in people first. The Smurfs really care for and look after one another.”