I don't know what people are expecting from a kids movie. Its the smurfs. Its not like they were going to come out and make a new take on a classic. My son, who just turned six, said he loved it. The animation was beautiful. There were parts that did seem truly original. I enjoyed it and Frank Welker did an awesome job as always. I don't want to spoil anything, but the end credits scene was really funny to me. None of the recent kids movies I've seen have been all that original except Kubo and it was special in its blend of traditional and CG animation. See the Smurfs, or rent it, your kids will love it.