“…his refusal to do so will result in military conflict, commenced at a time of our choosing.”
It opens with the Smurfs dancing, hand-in-hand, around a campfire and singing the Smurf song. Bluebirds flutter past and rabbits gambol around their familiar village of mushroom- shaped houses until, without warning, bombs begin to rain from the sky.
Tiny Smurfs scatter and run in vain from the whistling bombs, before being felled by blast waves and fiery explosions. The final scene shows a scorched and tattered Baby Smurf sobbing inconsolably, surrounded by prone Smurfs.
The Snorks — who led the coalition invasion against the Smurfs Village — were quick to point out that they were liberating the Smurfs from their tyrannical leader and from the terrorist network in the northern Smurf forest, led by Al Garmagel and Al Azrael:
“Our goal instead is to help others find their own voice, attain their own freedom and make their own way.”
“Snorks will not pretend that jailed dissidents prefer their chains, or that smurfettes welcome humiliation and servitude, or that any smurf aspires to live at the mercy of bullies.
“… In the long run, there is no justice without freedom, and there can be no smurf rights without smurf liberty.”