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After the evil Gargamel chases the Smurfs out of their village, they find themselves transported to New Yorkâ€™s Central Park. Itâ€™s a big, dangerous world for the original “blue man group,” and theyâ€™ll need some assistance and more than a bit of luck to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down.
Papa Smurf (voiced by Jonathan Winters) and his family invade the home of Patrick Winslow (Neil Patrick Harris), a married, over-achieving ad-exec whose wife is expecting their first child. The couple is concerned about his parenting skills â€” but who better to show him the ropes than Papa Smurf, the role model for all his children?
Gargamel is played by Hank Azaria, who spent approximately 130 hours in the makeup chair over the course of filming, acquiring fake eyebrows and hair. There are also Gargamelâ€™s huge teeth â€” which Azaria admits he often had difficulty keeping in his mouth. Gargamelâ€™s only companion, his cat Azrael, was — barring a few CG-animated moments — also real. â€śI wanted to make the relationship with the cat like a bickering married couple,â€ť Azaria says. â€śIf youâ€™re talking to the cat, it makes sense. And if the cat has a sort of bored attitude about it, itâ€™s even funnier.â€ť
Four cats played Azrael, and their trainer brought a Burmese cat on set because the other cats hated him and would snarl when they saw him â€” giving an added measure of cat-itude to the role.
â€śThe Smurfsâ€ť is available starting Dec. 16 on Video On Demand. Check your cable system for availability.
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