A lackluster slate could bring Walt Disney Animation that elusive first Oscar win
"The Smurfs 2"
Director: Raja Gosnell
Voice cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Brendan Gleeson, Katy Perry, Christina Ricci, Jonathan Winters
Pros: Uh... it’s not appreciably worse than the first "Smurfs" movie? It’s grossed more than “12 Years a Slave?” That Britney Spears theme is kinda catchy? More will come to me, I’m sure.
Cons: Well, for starters, it’s not exactly an animated film – its predecessor was disqualified from the race for having too much live-action content, and it seems likely this one will be too. Even if it were all animated, however, it seems unlikely the Academy will go for a kids-only film where two Smurfs getting stuck in Brendan Gleeson’s crotch counts as both its dramatic and comedic high point.