A star-studded voice cast can't do much to improve the sluggish "Smurfs: The Lost Village," another tale that will leave fans of the globally loved forest folk feeling a little blue.
Rather than taking the Smurfs into the human world (as 2011's "The Smurfs" and 2013's "The Smurfs 2" did), this new story stays completely in the animated realm of the "three apples high" creatures. But, as with the last movie, the story focuses on an existential crisis for Smurf Village's lone female inhabitant, Smurfette (voiced by singer Demi Lovato).
While the other Smurfs are named for their traits or jobs — with Baker Smurf, Farmer Smurf and even Table-Eating Smurf — nobody, not even Smurfette, can identify what makes her unique, other than being a girl. It doesn't help that she was actually created from clay by the evil wizard Gargamel (voiced by Rainn Wilson) as a bad Smurf and turned good by the magic of Papa Smurf (voiced by Mandy Patinkin).