Smurf it!


Ever since the release of The Smurfs 3D movie, this group of small blue fictional creatures has raised to fame. For those who do not know what Smurfs are, here is a brief info: Smurfs lived in a part of the world called “le Pays maudit” hidden away from the humans. They are just three apples high with blue skin, dressed in white trousers or dress with white hat (aside from Papa Smurf who wears red). Each Smurf has a unique personality and profession, and thus, contributes it to Smurf society as he or she can.

In the movie, the Smurfs are forced through a portal, out of their world and into ours, landing in the middle of New York’s Central Park. The Smurfs must find a way to get back to their village before Gargamel tracks them down and captures them for their smurf essence.

Lost in the new environment, the Smurfs, experience new things through social constructionist perspective. Processing these never-seen-before things in their own culturally recognizable ways and relating these things to the facts that they know – such as relating Google software with magic, thus calling Google, a magic searching device.

Take a look at the Smurf community where communication surrounds the smurfs and holds their world together. The community takes the form of a sharing, cooperative and kind environment. Smurfs provided by their culture, using tools to create these collective representations of reality such as their own language, cultural traditions and shared roles and rules.

For instance, the language that smurfs use known as the Smurf language. Frequent use of the word “smurf” is the distinctive feature
of their language, and is interpreted in a variety of meanings which make their conversation understandable among them; barely understandable by us and Patrick. The Smurfs replace nouns and verbs in everyday speech with “smurf” like for, example: “I am smurfing to the smurf.”

Below shows a clip from the movie where Smurf language had annoyed Patrick.

The use of language is the primary way in which we, including the Smurfs communicate with one another. By means of language, we communicate ideas, information, and even attitudes to people around us or the next generation. As two different cultures meet, problems tend to arise when we come into contact due to the different ways of communication just as shown in the clip; where Patrick simply blew up at the smurfs whom in turn were offended by what Patrick had said. All it takes is for both sides to understand the other’s culture and find a new way to communicate. Through the use of language, communication both reflects and shapes ones cultural experiences.

Communications play a crucial part in one’s life. Its significance for ours and Smurfs life is hard to overstate.


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Wanci
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 03:31:13

    I liked the way Smurf is being introduced in this entry. Just by reading the first paragraph, I get to know the biography of smurfs etc.Keep up the work! more entries please!


  2. Ting Yu
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 14:30:46

    Hii Yy, thx for the interesting review regarding this movie 🙂


  3. Lynn
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 16:18:44

    Great review! It looks like a great film. But I think the old animated smurf is cuter:P


  4. Pearl Yang
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 16:58:33

    I agree that communications plays an important role in societies and cultures.Effective communicating gives better results, whereas unclear communications leads to misunderstandings.

    Smurfs is a good example of different cultures exchanging views through communication. Singaporeans like smurf, also have distinctive words in their language. For example,lah and lors, which is a interesting display of adding words into our common English.

    Nice review! Looking forward to another one soon.


  5. Fenfen
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 07:57:32

    A thumbs up to you! Excellent insights on the movie Smurfs with well thought out explanations and descriptions.

    Good reference with the interaction of Smurfs with Patrick to the basic every day social problems we faced.

    Hope to see more reviews!


  6. huiyingk
    Sep 18, 2011 @ 04:17:19

    I like the part where you mentioned about the social constructionist perspective where they perceive many things in the human world as that of fascinating.

    It is indeed the case for us within the community as well – to be aware of the cultural experiences within the community. Perceptions may differ many atimes and it is always good to withhold understanding for each other, so as to provide a harmonious environment.


  7. Stephanie Tan
    Sep 21, 2011 @ 12:42:53

    Communication is indeed an important aspect of our everyday life and since we were kids we learned how to communicate with the people around us through our communities. Through them we learn what is acceptable and taboo in our community.
    Whenever we encounter a new culture or a different community , these people share a different set of values and may also use different ways of communicating. Like how smurfs always use smurf to replace what we recognize as nouns and verbs.
    Different cultures and beliefs also affect the way we communicate with each other . For example the way different cultures express love and concern. Or how they express rejection. For instance Japanese have the concept of face and therefore use a very subtle way of expressing reject whereas Americans may be more straight forward in expressing rejection.
    It is therefore paramount that we respect and marvel and the diverse cultures to be able to communicate better with others from different communities. In time we will also be able to appreciate the ways other communities communicate not only through language but through actions and subtle cues.

    I think that You Yi has given a very concise summary of the movie and has brought her points across clearly. Keep up the good work!


  8. Adrian
    Sep 23, 2011 @ 04:45:28

    I had always thought of the Smurfs as a silly cartoon. However after reading your review, I realised that the Smurf is actually meaningful as it portrays an ideal community that is united, loyal and loving. Although a fictional work, it is a good example and we should work towards becoming like our 3 apples tall friends (not literally that tall or blue!) where there is no problems with communication, where everyone contributes to society, where cultural traditions are being valued etc… You make we wanna watch this movie! Keep up the good work! 🙂


  9. chaseitorbchased
    Sep 30, 2011 @ 08:56:43

    Smurfs are cool and come from Belgium! Just discovered in Belgium that they exist in chocolate !!


  10. jiasemi
    Nov 06, 2011 @ 13:49:38

    OMGGGGGG! i watched this film too! SO SMURFING CUTE!!! i feel that the communication between the smurfs are really awesome. Its really way better than us humans. They are willing to make the compromise and all. Even given the fact that they are all grouped together with different personality, but they are able to communicate and work together. However, in our current society just a little bit of conflict and we humans are unable to work it out. It maybe we are because we are unwilling to compromise or we are just too complicated?


  11. ellie
    Dec 30, 2011 @ 19:10:14

    i thinck smurfs is asome because its funny dor young kids and older people that like to have a laugh and its like the charictors have actually came to life


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