Sunday, August 4, 2013

Happy Raya with The Smurfs!

With The Smurfs being a surprise box office hit in 2011, studio executives of Columbia Pictures had good reason to bring Peyo's happy blue creatures back to the cinema. Now in 2013, The Smurfs 2 will be returning to Malaysian cinemas on 8 August together with Raya festive spirits!

In this sequel, the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) 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 (Katy Perry) and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world's greatest sorcerer. It's up to Papa (Jonathan Winters), Clumsy (Anton Yelchin), Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and Grace (Jayma May), and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties, Vexy (Christina Ricci) and Hackus, or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue?

The Smurfs 2 has also been dubbed in Bahasa Malaysia with the voice talents of Datuk Aznil Nawawi as Gargamel, Hafizuddin Fazil  as Papa Smurf, Lisa Surihani as Smurfette, Zizan Razak as Vanity, Elfira Loy as Vexy and Era FM radio announcer Ray as Grouchy. Here's how the Smurfs sound in BM:

Local voice talents for The Smurfs 2 dubbed in Bahasa Malaysia.
Check-out The Smurfs 2 review by Cinemaonline.

Smurfs fever in Malaysia kicked off with Smurfs Global Day on 22 June 2013 where Smurfette, Papa Smurf and Clumsy Smurf met up with fans at cinema roadshows. Read-up more about this from The New Straits Times or watch the video below:

Lots more are happening for The Smurfs over this month, starting with a delighful gallery of customised Smurfs at Plaza Gurney Penang plus meet & greet sessions with Clumsy Smurf, Smurfette and Papa Smurf, all dressed to celebrate Raya!

More photos of the Smurfs figurines exhibition available at Plaza Gurney's Facebook Page.

Don't fret much if you've missed their live appearance this weekend, The Smurfs will be on GSC's Hari Raya Road Tour this coming week.

Also get a FREE movie pass for "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2” when you are amongst the first 50 customers who presents four (4) GSC “The Smurfs 2” ticket stubs / self-print tickets at these locations. Lucky customers also stand a chance to walk away with a Limited Edition “The Smurfs 2” movie premium by simply posing and snapping a photo with the characters and upload it via Facebook. Smurfs Raya packets are given away with purchase of combo popcorn and drinks combos: 

More Smurfs merchandise to won from GSC's website contest:

Want to catch the Smurfs in your own private cinema hall screening with family & friends? Not just any hall but a Beanieplex? Quickly join TGV's Smurfs 2 contest by answering a few questions online by 4 August 2013. The lucky winner's Beanieplex screening will be held at TGV Setiawalk on 10 August.

TGV also has The Smurfs 2 tumblers available as part of their popcorn combo sets for RM14.90:

Tumblers seem to be in fashion for kids, as MBO Cinemas and Cathay Cineplexes also have combo deals available for different tumbler designs. MBO's combo is priced at 13.90 while Cathay's is RM16.50 which includes a RM30 Crocs cash voucher:

UPDATE: 12 August 2013

The Outpost Movie Recon Team (MRT) has identified more Smurfy goodies for Smurf fans to bring home! Cathay Cineplexes is now selling Smurf 3D glasses for RM15, which can be used for all 3D movies at their cineplex without needing to rent glasses as typically charged by other cinemas.

Then stand a chance to win official Smurfs 2 merchandise from Cathay's Facebook Page App Contest.

Increase your chances of scoring these Smurfs 2 merchandise by joining MBO's Facebook Page Contest by creating your own lyrics for the classic Smurfs theme song.

Also meet Clumsy Smurf, Smurfette & Papa Smurf bringing some Raya festive joy to MBO Subang Parade on Monday 13 August 2013 at 3pm, 5pm and 7pm.

Further our earlier recon at toy stores, the Outpost MRT has now identified more Smurfs toys from Toys R Us, Parkson, Robinsons and Times Bookstores:

Smurf hand puppets.

Smurf plush dolls.
Smurfs figurines.

Meet the Smurfs LIVE at Robinsons Gardens Midvalley on Friday 16 August 2013, 12pm noon and at the AEON Fair in Midvalley Exhibition Centre on Friday 23 August 2013, 2pm.

For kids into building toys, Smurfs MegaBloks is also available from Toys R Us to build their very own Smurfs Village:

Young readers may wish to purchase Smurfs tie-in books from Borders and receive a free activity book.

Want to smell like a Smurf? Our MRT has found Smurfs fragrances from Hello Kitty perfume stores (Bangsar Village) and Muse by Watsons (Sunway Pyramid):

There's also a contest to win a Smurfette plush doll. Find out more from ToyLeTree on Facebook.

Smurfs merchandise has just released with McDonald's Happy Meals in Malaysia. Hopefully the toys will be more readily available for kids to be happy unlike the unfortunate recent minion mania. Gotta catch them all!

Also take the opportunity to meet the Smurfs LIVE at the following McDonald's restaurants in Johor Bahru and Klang Valley:

Wrapping up with a Britney Spear's version of The Smurfs 2 theme song "Ooo La La":

Or if you rather take a trip down memory lane with the classic Happy Smurf Song (updated for 2011 movie):

Wishing everyone a Smurfy Raya!

Disclaimer: The Smurfs and its trademarks are copyright to Columbia Pictures, Sony Pictures Animation, Peyo & their respective owners, referenced here for fan service announcements without intent to infringe.


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