Somewhere out there, I imagine there must be hardcore Smurfs fans who protest the fealty of the live-action movies. They might point out that Peyo’s creations are supposed to live in the Middle Ages, run into wizards and monsters, and have two human friends named Johan and Pirlouit (“Peewit” in English). A fan of the original comics might even decide to get anally specific, and note that in the comics, the Smurfs eat leaves rather than berries – this would seem to be at least as big a difference as flames on Optimus Prime, for example.
Yes, someone out there should probably make that case. Because I’m not sure I give enough of a damn about Smurfs to do so.
I just know that the use of Tone Loc’s “Wild Thing” – AGAIN – is a goddamn atrocity in this context.
Luke Y. Thompson has been writing professionally about movies and pop-culture since 1999, and has also been an actor in some extremely cheap culty and horror movies you will probably never hear much about (he is nonetheless mostly proud of them, as he met his wife on one). As editor of The Robot's Voice since 2012, he can take the blame for the majority of the site's content, all of which he creates because he loves you very, very much. (Although he loves nachos more. Sorry.)
Prior to TRV, Luke wrote for publications that include the New Times LA, Los Angeles CityBeat, E! Online, OC Weekly, Geekweek, GeekChicDaily, The L.A. Times, The Village Voice, LA Weekly, and Nerdist