30 Aug '11, 10pm

The Smurfs movie review: The kids will love it, but frankly, it left us a little blue

AS SOMEONE who grew up with the real Smurfs, la-la-ing my Sunday mornings away, glued to the TV show, this reviewer sure wasn't happy about yet another one of my precious childhood memories being remade into some horrible modern CGI nightmare. But in an era where Alvin and the Chipmunks, Scooby and even Yogi Bear himself aren't spared, I should have known that it was only a matter of time before Hollywood decided to cash in on everyone's favourite little blue creatures. Back in 1958, the late Belgian cartoonist Peyo created Les Schtroumpfs, these annoying but endearingly cute magical blue creatures living an idyllic life in an enchanted forest. They were named after their characteristics (Clumsy Smurf, Grouchy Smurf, Brainy Smurf ... you get the idea) and perennially running from the evil Gargamel who wanted to capture them and extract their "essence" so he can become the ...

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