For those of you who remember the '80s, it was filled with all sorts of whimsical cartoon characters like the little blue smurfs, Strawberry Shortcake, Rainbow Brite, and the Care Bears. These mythical creatures summed up what was most delightful about popular culture of that era: bright colors, phantasmagorical settings and simplistic innocence.
The Smurfs were created by Belgian artist Pierre "Peyo" Culliford in 1958, and were originally a comic strip which appeared in the Belgian comic magazine the Spirou. The cute little homogenous blue creatures (which stand three apples high, or about six inches) were later adapted by Hanna-Barbera into a television cartoon series for NBC which ran from 1981 to 1989.
Anyone familiar with Katy Perry knows she has adopted a retro chic style that incorporates many of the more cheery, fanciful elements of the '80s era. Perry's outlandish costumes and tongue-in-cheek persona has successfully created a vibe that is wholly her own. Every bit as committed to showmanship as Lady Gaga, Katy, 26, manages to come across as equal parts sex kitten, tom-boy (her favorite past-time is farting!), and cartoonish overgrown teen.
It seems you can't escape packs of tween girls belting out the lyrics to Katy's latest hit, the infectious "Last Friday Night": "Yeah we danced on table tops/ And we took too many shots/Think we kissed but I forgot/Last Friday night/We went streaking in the park/Skinny dipping in the dark/ Then had a ménage a trios."
It's more than a little unnerving trying to explain to your 11 year-old daughter, who worships Katy, what a ménage a trios is. Fortunately, Katy knows how to play to her audience and is able to balance the absurd with the obscene. Her youngest fans seem to instinctively latch onto the innocent, and ignore the more R-rated stuff.
Katy is a perfect fit to voice the character of Smurfette, the lone hottie smurf (Katy even returned to her natural blond roots to promote the flick) in a sea of male smurfs. Who better to characterize chasteness while remaining sexually appealing, and just slightly out of reach.
The Smurfs 3D film opens in theaters July 29th and stars Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Hank Azaria (as the villainous wizard Gargamel) and features the happy azure pals as they mysteriously enter our world after being chased by Gargamel from their village into Central Park. Hilarity ensues. Check out the trailer below: