Neil Patrick Harris says it best, Smurfs is baby crack cocaine. Perhaps that isn’t a PG-approved assessment of the film franchise, but nevertheless, it is true. During our screening of The Smurfs 2 in Las Vegas ahead of interviewing the cast, we were joined by a theater full of kids, and they loved every minute of the film, to say the least.
In the sequel, the Smurfs are back, but this time, theyre joined by a new breed of Smurfs dubbed The Naughties. Distraught over his inability to capture real Smurfs and suck up all the Smurf essence he wants, Gargamel (Hank Azaria) decides to manufacture his own. Trouble is, his Naughties aren’t true blue. The only way for Gargamel to turn Vexy and Hackus (voiced by Christina Ricci and J.B. Smoove) into essence machines is by getting a hold of Papa Smurf’s (voiced by the late Jonathan Winters) secret formula, so he kidnaps Smurfette (voiced by Katy Perry) in an effort to get her to divulge the ingredients that once helped her go from a Gargamel creation to a true blue Smurf.
With The Smurfs 2 due out Wednesday, July 31, the live action cast including Gargamel himself, Hank Azaria, and Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays, who play the Winslows, sat down with ComingSoon.net to discuss the undeniable appeal of the little blue guys, what Smurf they’d be should they relocate to Smurf Village, and also Azrael the cat’s mission to take over the franchise.
You can catch the live-action cast discussing all of that as well as plans for The Smurfs 3 (scheduled for July 25, 2015) in the video interview below.