Taking place two years after the events of The Smurfs
, The Smurfs 2
follows Gargamel (Hank Azaria in a delightfully over-the-top performance) in desperate need of Smurf “essence” in order to continue his successful magical act at a popular venue in Paris. Gargamel is flanked by his usual sidekicks: Azrael the cat, who appears to be inspired by a mishmash of Internet memes, and two Naughties, i.e., the results of his failed attempt to create a Smurf from scratch. There’s Vexy (voiced by Christina Ricci), a raven-haired, punk-rock answer to Smurfette, and the obedient, yet none-too-bright Hackus (J.B. Smoove). The Naughties are both pale skinned, enraging...