Smurfs: The Lost Village is an action-packed children’s animated adventure movie that’s based on the original Smurfs comic book series. The Smurfs live in a peaceful village in the forest. Smurfette (voice of Demi Lovato) is the only girl in the village, and she isn’t sure what her purpose in life is supposed to be. One day, when she’s out Smurf-boarding in the forest with her friends – Clumsy Smurf (voice of Jack McBrayer), Hefty Smurf (voice of Joe Manganiello) and Brainy Smurf (voice of Danny Pudi) – Smurfette is captured by the evil wizard Gargamel (voice of Rainn Wilson).
Gargamel has a plan to catch as many Smurfs as he can to harness their magical powers for his own evil deeds, but Smurfette and her friends escape back to the village. Although they’re home and safe, they feel it’s their duty to go on a mission to the Lost Village to tell this distant Smurf community that it might be in danger. They’ve never travelled so far. It’s a perilous adventure and a big surprise awaits them when they finally find the Lost Village.
Here we outline any topics, issues and ideas in this movie that might upset children and adolescents, so that you can gauge whether it is appropriate for your child. For example, children and adolescents may react adversely to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, separation from a parent, animal cruelty or distress, children as victims, natural disasters and racism.
This movie has a strong theme of female empowerment, and there are some good female characters, but it’s very gender stereotypical. For example, Smurfette takes on the whole adventure in her high heels.
Other themes include not fitting in to your community and being different.
Here we identify any violence in this movie, and explain how and why it might impact on your child or adolescent. In general, movie violence can make children less sensitive to the use of violence in real life. Alternatively, they may become fearful about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world. In some contexts, it can also teach them to see violence as an acceptable means of conflict resolution.
Smurfs: The Lost Village has some animated, slapstick violence. For example:
- Jokey Smurf has a fake, boxed present. When another Smurf opens it, a boxing glove pops out and punches him in the face. This happens repeatedly.
- Smurfette kicks another Smurf in the groin (martial arts style) and the Smurf says, ‘High-heels hurt!’.
- Clumsy Smurf is repeatedly punched in the face by an oversized flower in the forest.
- Gargamel picks up a fish and slaps it violently in the face. The fish then does it back to Gargamel.
Content that may disturb children
In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, Smurfs: The Lost Village has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five years. For example:
- Although he’s a comical character, Gargamel is also very threatening, mean and scary. His castle is dark and foreboding and he talks about ‘dark magic’.
- Gargamel has a pet vulture, which has crossed eyes. Gargamel gets the vulture to chase the Smurfs and swoop down on them as they run away.
- When the Smurfs come across some beautiful big flowers in the forest, they’re delighted, but the flowers pick up the Smurfs in their petals and shake them around violently.
- The Smurfs need to navigate a dangerous river on a raft boat. The river has strong currents, scary twists and big cliff drops.
- The Smurfs are chased across a rope bridge over a deep ravine. The rope bridge snaps, and they hold on to it as it falls into the ravine.
- The Smurfs get chased by some fire-breathing dragonflies.
- There’s a very emotional scene at the end of the movie, in which one of the main characters dies – but this is resolved happily.
- Smurfette is left on her own. She’s told that she’s an outsider and not part of the Smurf community. She cries and it’s a very emotional scene – this is also resolved happily.
- Gargamel is attacked in a swamp by some flesh-eating fish with glowing red eyes.
Younger children in this age group might be scared or disturbed by some of the scenes mentioned above, so we recommend parental guidance for children in this age group.
Nothing of concern
Nothing of concern
Smurfs: The Lost Village has some mild sexual references and innuendo, as well as some mild crude humour. For example:
- Hefty Smurf (who is strong and lifts weights) is romantically interested in Smurfette and makes mildly flirtatious comments to her.
- When Papa Smurf and SmurfWillow are trapped in a cage together, Papa Smurf says, ‘Let’s get this cage rocking!’, and SmurfWillow replies ‘Don’t get weird’.
- Brainy Smurf writes some mathematical equations on a blackboard to impress some of the girl Smurfs. When Brainy Smurf turns to the girls, Hefty Smurf quickly draws a puff of wind coming out of his bottom.
- When Gargamel is bitten on his bottom by a fish he says, ‘I didn’t know they were bottom feeders!’.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
None of concern
Nudity and sexual activity
None of concern
There is no product placement of concern in Smurfs: The Lost Village, but plenty of merchandise associated with this movie is being marketed to children.
Smurfs: The Lost Village has some mild coarse language.
Ideas to discuss with your children
Smurfs: The Lost Village is an enjoyable action adventure with a strong female empowerment message. The animation is colourful and visually exciting. The main messages from this movie are that it’s OK to be different, and that it’s important to work as part of a team and look out for your friends and community.
Smurfs: The Lost Village has some scary scenes and characters, so it isn’t recommended for very young children. We also recommend parental guidance for children aged 5-7 years.
You might like to talk with your children about the gender stereotypes in the movie.