Right down to the brute functionality of its title,
Again mixing live-action with computer animation, the story this time revolves around the bad wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria), who has been performing as a magician in modern-day Paris, kidnapping Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) as part of a plan to bring about "Smurf-A-Geddon." He is aided by two of his own creations, "the Naughties" known as Vexy and Hackus (voiced by Christina Ricci and
Papa Smurf (voiced again by
The big addition to the live-action cast is Irish actor
Even though the "Smurfs" films never quite took full advantage of Winters' antic comedic gifts in the role as the softly wizened Papa Smurf, the end credits feature a dedication to the late comedy legend for "making the world a smurfier place." The acknowledgment is a classy touch.
'The Smurfs 2'
MPAA rating: PG for some rude humor and action
Running time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Playing: In general release