The Smurfs, blue magical creatures that are three apples high, are always on the lookout for the evil yet not so scrupulous wizard Gargamel and his cat Azrael. When Gargamel comes across the Smurf village, a chase ensues resulting in some of the Smurfs being transported through a tunnel to New York City. While they try to survive the new world they find themselves in, they also have to beware of Gargamel and Azrael who have also arrived in the city and are in pursuit. Here are a few movie mistakes to look for while you’re watching “The Smurfs”.
· Patrick arrives nervous for work the day after his encounter with the Smurfs in his apartment. Odile mentions his “nervous energy” and when he responds, a back view of Patrick shows both of his arms in the air (his left hand has the red folder). The scene cuts to a front view of Patrick and his right arm is in the air but his left arm is down and the folder is pressed against his chest.
· Gargamel with Azrael in tow are at the restaurant with Odile and Henri. When Gargamel picks up Azrael and tosses him, the plate with bread on Gargamel’s right slides off. But the plate is back when Gargamel mentions “worship”.
· After Papa Smurf has been “smurfnapped” by Gargamel, the remaining Smurfs swoop into Patrick’s and Grace’s apartment on pigeons. A lamp and a bowl of fruit get knocked to the floor. The fruit falls to the ground in front of the table. But when Smurfette (standing next to Grouchy) is explaining where Papa Smurf has been taken, there is now a lemon on the floor behind her, between the table and the fallen lamp.
· In the overhead view of Gargamel at Belvedere Castle, when he yells “Behold the awesome power of me!”, the overhead shot shows the burlap sack he had been carrying is a few feet behind his left leg, closer to the wall and the light pole. It cuts to a front view of him and the sack is now behind his right leg.
“The Smurfs” (2011) stars Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara and Tim Gunn and features the voices of Jonathan Winters, Katy Perry, Alan Cumming and George Lopez. It runs 103 minutes and is rated PG for some mild rude humor and action.
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