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