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New 'Smurfs' trailer looks, oh, what's the word we're looking for? [Video]

May 25, 2011 |  2:04 pm

It was something of a question: would the reboot of "The Smurfs" return to the whimsy of the source material or go down the familiar talking-animal route? The new trailer for the hybrid animated-live action film confirms the latter -- cute creatures trying to make it in a human world, with a human friend, pursued by an evil threat -- and with a  "Muppets Take Manhattan" vibe to boot. There's a  frenetic quality to the trailer that suggests that viewing the full film when it hits theaters in July might be hard for anyone past the early grade-school years.

The trailer does showcase at least a few mildly clever moments -- a Blue Man Group reference,  Neil Patrick Harris calling out the little creatures for overusing the word "Smurf" -- but will it be enough? Let's just say the trailer makes the Columbia Pictures release look ... Smurfy.



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