SecureThumbnailAsyncSmurfs 2 opens in theaters on July 31st.   The follow up to the first “Smurfs” movie made in 2011 – which you can get on iTunes if your little ones want to see how it all began.  While Smurfs 2 intro into the movie does make it a stand alone film having watched the first Smurfs movie certainly does help.

In this sequel to the hybrid live action/animated family blockbuster comedy The Smurfs, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world¹s greatest sorcerer. It’s up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue? Returning cast includes Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Katy Perry as Smurfette and Hank Azaria as Gargamel.

My son really enjoyed the whole movie – he was bopping his head to the music by Britney Spears and was really enjoying the ride. While there is a 3D version of this movie (which we saw) the effects werent over the top and really just added to the experience.

My favorite part was the slow motion Neil Patrick Harris ganster walk with the smurfs to go get their girl back.