The Smurfs Hit The Big Screen

The lovable 1980s cartoon series, the Smurfs, transferred to the big screen in 2011 with the first of what may be three films starring the funny blue characters. The first film, titled The Smurfs, was released in July of 2011, and was successful enough to warrant a sequel that was released two years later. The initial film tells the story of the Smurfs getting lost in New York City and trying to find a way back before their arch-nemesis Gargamel catches them. Gargamel wishes to use the Smurfs in order to make gold out of lead and the upstanding Smurfs will have none of that.

Several big-name actors played in the film including Hank Azaria, who underwent somewhat of a transformation in taking on the role of Gargamel. Azaria had to spend upwards of 130 hours in a make-up chair creating his look. Several notable actors and actresses were voice actors in their roles as Smurfs. Jonathan Winters, who had been the voice of Grandpa Smurf in the cartoon series, was the voice of Papa Smurf and hit recording artist Katy Perry played the popular Smurfette.

In July of 2013, The Smurfs 2 was released and the story revolved around Smurfette, who keeps having nightmares about Gargamel. When Smurfette is captured by Gargamel and spirited off to Paris, the Smurfs rely on their magic and cunning to get her back. The Smurfs, along with live action characters, played by Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays, are able to rescue Smurfette.  A second sequel, untitled right now, is said to be in the works.

Meanwhile, until then, if you feel like catching up on old episodes of the Smurfs but don’t feel like streaming them, the episodes are easily downloadable using ProVideoDownloader, which is an excellent free browser extension that makes it a snap to download them!

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