The Smurfs (2011)

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German title The Smurfs
Original title The Smurfs
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2011
length 102 minutes
Age rating FSK 0
Director Raja Gosnell
script J. David Stem
David N. Weiss
Jay Scherick
David Ronn
production Jordan Kerner
music Heitor Pereira
camera Phil Meheux
cut Sabrina Plisco

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The Smurfs 2

The Smurfs (original title: The Smurfs ) is an American 3D film - a mixture of real and computer animation film - from 2011 by director Raja Gosnell . After The Smurfs and the Magic Flute from 1975, the production is the second feature film about the cartoon characters of the same name by the Belgian cartoonist Peyo .


The Smurfs live quietly in their mushroom village in the magical forest and are preparing for the Blue Moon Festival . Meanwhile, clumsy Clumsy wants to get smurf roots for Papa Smurf, but accidentally ventures too close to the territory of the evil wizard Gargamel . He pursues him and is unintentionally led into the village by Clumsy. On the run, Clumsy also runs in the wrong direction and ends up in a magical waterfall with Papa Smurf, Schlaubi, McTapfer, Muffi and Smurfette, which transports them to today's Manhattan . Gargamel and his cat Azrael also follow the Smurfs.

In New York, Clumsy ends up in a box owned by advertising specialist Patrick, who takes him home. The other Smurfs follow him and get to know Patrick and his pregnant wife Grace. She is enthusiastic about the mythical creatures, but he doesn't like the unannounced visit at all, because the blue dwarfs not only cause a lot of restlessness, but also disturb him when creating a new make-up advertising campaign. Clumsy's renewed clumsiness means that the wrong advertisement - one with a blue moon - is published. The Smurfs want to go home as soon as possible, but they lack the blue moon and magic.

In the meantime, Gargamel has extracted its blue essence from one of Smurfine's hair and is on the heels of the Smurfs. He chases them, but keeps failing. Until he catches Papa Smurf in an antique shop where the Smurfs are looking for a magic book. He still makes the others promise not to save him, but to use the magic and return home that night by the blue moon.

Patrick sees through his wife and the Smurfs that his family should be more important to him than his work and he decides to save Papa Smurf. Despite their promise, the Smurfs also participate in the rescue. While Schlaubi opens the portal into the village and gets help, they storm Belvedere Castle , where Gargamel has taken up residence. He got a lot more essence from Dad and has become very powerful. Nevertheless, the Smurfs defeat him and Clumsy manages to catch the magic scepter at the last moment.

Due to the magic, the moon has turned blue, which Patrick's client considers a PR gag and does not fire him. The Smurfs return home.

Production and publication

The film was produced by Sony Pictures Animation and Columbia Pictures in 2011 and directed by Raja Gosnell . The music was composed by Heitor Pereira and Sabrina Plisco was responsible for the editing .

On July 28, 2011, the film premiered in Argentina. The premieres in the USA and Canada followed the next day . The start of Germany was on August 4, 2011.

Cast and dubbing

The German synchronization of the film was done by Berliner Synchron AG in Berlin .

Real actors

role actor Voice actor
Patrick Winslow Neil Patrick Harris Philipp Moog
Grace Winslow Jayma Mays Cathlen Gawlich
Gargamel Hank Azaria Thomas Nero Wolff
Odile Sofia Vergara Iris Artajo
Henri Tim Gunn Stefan Staudinger
Homeless man Victor Pagan Friedemann Benner

Voice actor

role Original speaker Voice actor
Papa Smurf Jonathan Winters Pure beauty
Smurfette Katy Perry Nadine Warmuth
Clumsy Smurf Anton Yelchin Tim Sander
McTapfer Alan Cumming Jeff Burrell
Grouchy Smurf George Lopez Florian Halm
Brainy Smurf Fred Armisen Tobias Nath
Handy Smurf Jeff Foxworthy Rainer Fritzsche
Jokey Smurf Paul Reubens Gerald Schaale
Hefty Smurf Gary Basaraba Klaus Lochthove
Beauty smurf John Oliver Hans-Jürgen Dittberner
Fauli Smurf Kenan Thompson Jesco Wirthgen
Torti smurf Wolfgang Puck Nicola Devico Mamone
Farmy Smurf Joel McCrary Michael Iwannek
Tell Smurf Tom Kane Erich Rauker
Azrael Frank Welker


In the plot of the film, the continuity of the previous Smurf world is retained. However, the meta-level is broken by the fact that Patrick Winslow researches the Smurfs on Wikipedia and finds that they were created by Peyo.


“The old magic of cartoons is lost a bit, but the makers compensate for it with wit and elegance. Smurfy. "

“The film's obvious strengths are on the technical side. The 3D process is relatively unobtrusive, but still used effectively, while the interaction of the actors with the animated Smurfs has reached an astonishing degree of perfection. [...] In the cartoon series, the individual Schlumpf adventures are told in ten to 20 minutes, and in the feature film, too, the plot now has little more substance than one of these episodes. "


"With many gags enriched 3D adaptation of the cult characters, which implements the clash of the archaic world of the Smurfs and the present in a very charming way, but at the same time reveals a deliberately backward-looking family image."

“The film [is] actually crafted and the level of entertainment is appealing […], but it still lacks that certain something. The special X-factor that has made films like ' Wall-E ', ' Oben ' or ' How To Train Your Dragon ' into animation masterpieces or creative surprise successes simply does not want to appear here. [...] If you don't over-analyze the whole thing and just want to have fun, you can also have a smurfy time going to the cinema. But the film doesn't come close to Disney - or Pixar - animation pearls. "

- Adam Arndt, serial junkies


  • In The Smurfs 2 (2013), the evil magician Gargamel creates the two smurf-like but naughty creatures Hauie and Zicki, called the louts, in order to get to the magical Smurf essence. When he realizes that only a real Smurf can fulfill his wish, he kidnaps Smurfette to Paris. While the louts try to get Smurfette on their side, Papa Smurf, Clumsy, Muffy and Beauty set out into the human world to save Smurfette.


On the occasion of the premiere of the film in Júzcar ( Spain ) all facades of the village were colored blue for marketing purposes . In a vote at the end of 2011, residents were asked whether the houses should remain blue or should be returned to their original white condition. 33 residents voted against retention, 141 residents in favor of retention. This means that Júzcar will remain blue.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Certificate of Release for The Smurfs . Voluntary self-regulation of the film industry , July 2011 (PDF; test number: 128 440 K).
  2. Age rating for The Smurfs . Youth Media Commission .
  3. a b Adam Arndt: The Smurfs - Review. , August 3, 2011, accessed on August 3, 2011 .
  6. The Smurfs. In: Lexicon of International Films . Film service , accessed March 2, 2017 .Template: LdiF / Maintenance / Access used 
  7. "The Smurf Village Júzcar" , article of January 4th, 2012