A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Not a lot of emphasis on educational content here. There are examples of social and emotional skills, such as working together for the common good.
Friends help friends. Be yourself and good things will happen. Help one another. It feels good to work for the good of the whole community. Protect your friends from harm. Respect your elders.
Positive Role Models
Papa Smurf is the leader of everyone in the Smurf village. He can be gruff and impatient, but he can be wise and offer guidance.
A few more females have been introduced, and Smurfette has more of a prominent decision-making role, but it's a man's world if you're a Smurf. Smurfette gives kisses and praise if someone (i.e., a male) helps her.
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Violence & Scariness
Nonstop pratfalls, chasing, and mayhem. Smurfs get caught in cages, fall from great heights, and are smushed underfoot, but they somehow always bounce back. Expect perilous falls from cliffs, daring rescues by other Smurfs, magical potions exploding, and Smurfs being threatened by Gargamel and his cat.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Smurfette kisses male Smurfs as a reward for their help or heroism.
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Products & Purchases
Nickelodeon will launch a new Smurfs product line, which will include toys, stationery, and apparel.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Smurfs is a reboot of the super-popular 1980s cartoon series. This version has more action, more perilous moments, and less character build-up than the original. The Smurfs' community is largely male-dominated, with an alpha female named Smurfette (voiced by Bérangére McNeese), who's gained some martial arts skills in this version. But her character is still admired and pursued by the male population, and she gives kisses as a reward for heroism or for special occasions. The villain, Gargamel (Mark Irons), uses trickery and sometimes magic to try to capture the Smurfs. His threat is largely played for comic effect.
Is It Any Good?
What was once novel and exciting about this franchise feels like it's lost its special blue sparkle. This version of The Smurfs is fast-moving, and the action is constant, but a little more time spent developing the characters might have benefited the plotlines. Gags feel old, adventures have lost their novelty. There might be a few more girl characters in this reboot, but the flirty kisses on the cheek that Smurfette doles out are still happening all these years later. There's just not as much heart in this show as there once was. Papa Smurf is cranky, like, all the time.
Kids might giggle at wordplay using "smurf" as a part of speech, but parents will lose interest pretty quickly. This newest installment of The Smurfs franchise relies too much on the recognition of a unique idea and doesn't offer much that's new.
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