"Nature Smurf, this time your love of animals has gone too far." -- Papa Smurf
The Hollywood Reporter announced yesterday that there will indeed be a movie adaptation of that 1980s sugar-coated crap cartoon The Smurfs. It will be a mix of live-action and computer-generated animation, and it will be directed by Raja Gosnell, who brought us the unimpressive Home Alone 3, Scooby-Doo, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed, and Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Forgive me if I'm not expecting a Smurf masterpiece.
I know there are still a lot of Smurf fans out there. One of my best friends still insists that The Smurfs cartoon was one of the greatest children's classics ever made. Personally, I think The Smurfs show was one of the prime examples of the deterioration of kids entertainment in the 1980s with its emphasis on merchandising, repetitive jokes, and uninspired storytelling.
We'll see if the new movie can revive the annoying little blue imps (Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy Smurf, and all the rest) and the villainous Gargamel and his cat Azrael. If so, I'm sure we'll be cursed with countless sequels after that.