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by Leslie Ashburn (subscribe)
Leslie is perpetually on the prowl, always hoping to hit upon an esoteric eatery, out of the way oasis or atypical amusement. She as also a fervent fan of her spirited sundry subscribers and of amazing abounding alliterations.
Published August 25th 2013
Don't Be Blue Smurfette- We All Love You
Image appears courtesy of Sony Pictures Australia.


Move over Tao of Pooh! Get out of the way, WALL-E! There is a new heavy hitter in the world of child friendly animated wisdom and his name is Papa Smurf. Surprised? So was I.

For the most part, however, Smurfs 2 is still a light hearted frolic for the kiddies. These aren't the fa la la la la-ing, no worries, "me generation" Smurfs of the 80's though. These Smurfs have emerged into the new millennium sympathetic to the shifting definition of family and has taken on the redefined role of fatherhood as its focus.

Image appears courtesy of Sony Pictures Australia.


The movie opens on troubled Smurfette's birthday. Let's just say she's having a very blue day. Her birthday appears forgotten and she's being plagued by nightmares of her former self. (A bit of backstory; Smurfette was originally created by Gargamel to incite discord and jealousy amongst the typically peaceful Smurfs. However, Gargamel's Smurfette was ugly and rude. It's not until Papa Smurf uses the top secret, uber powerful smurfy spell to transform her that she becomes her blonde lovely smurf-self. ) Though Papa Smurf reassures her that she is as smurfy as the next smurf, she remains beleaguered with self-doubt. She wonders aloud if she is actually a legitimate part of her smurf family or will she be forever an outsider. Meanwhile, in Paris, Gargamel has become a celebrity magician. Using the blue magical powers of Smurf Essence he is able to memorise the Parisians, however, he soon finds himself running low on Smurf Essence. He hatches a plot to steal back Smurfette, hoping she will reveal Papa Smurf's secret transformation formula that will give him limitless blue essence with which he not only can resume his carrier in necromancy but also have the power to rule the world (cue: Bwahahaha).

Image appears courtesy of Sony Pictures Australia.


If it all sounds a bit childish, that's because it is. Silly is the world small children live in. Goofy is the language they speak. The creators of Smurfs 2 know this and are using it to drive home a reassuring message to the under eleven crowd. That message is that fathers are defined by the love, security and support they offer. They are defined by their staying power and not by biology.

At its heart, Smurfs 2 is a big blue valentine to dads everywhere. It celebrates non biological fathers (Papa Smurf, Victor) as the men who pick up the slack, step into the void and nurture a life. It paints committed biological dads (Patrick) with the same fatherly brush and spends a minimum amount of time hating on the bio dads who were not up to the task of rearing children and leave. It reassures children that even if they share zero genetic material with the guy they call "Dad" he will still forgive imperfections, ride to the rescue, and protect you from the bad guys.

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If you are a product of strong loving blended family or helped create one don't be surprised if these little blue men don't bring a tear to your eye. Opens on September 12

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Why? The youngsters will love it.
When: Opening on September 12
Where: Coming soon to a theatre by you.
Cost: Please consult your local cinema
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Great review!
by georg (score: 0|3) 1787 days ago
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