The Smurfs 2

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Those squishy blue elves with the white caps return in this jolly 3-D sequel to the 2011 film. Drawing once more on the widely beloved comic-book characters created by Belgian cartoonist Peyo (Pierre Culliford), returning director Raja Gosnell extends their adventures with a mix of animation and live action. Evil human wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) kidnaps Smurfette (voice of Katy Perry) to get her to reveal the formula for "Smurf-essence," which promises eternal beauty and unlimited power. Papa Smurf (voiced by Jonathan Winters, in his last film role) must organize a rescue mission with the help of a few human allies (principally Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays). Along the way there are positive messages about family and friendship.

Watch out for: Moderately intense action sequences, some slapstick violence, mild scatological humor.

Rated: A-I, general patronage; MPAA: PG, parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2013