If you're a kid today and you weren't alive in 1981 to have ever seen the NBC Saturday morning cartoon, then you are only familiar with the movies. We can safely assume that this series will cater to kids, since in the U.S., it'll be airing on Nickelodeon, kid's network. Nickelodeon's target demo is kids, and the network caters to them, not to us.From that one clip alone (Smurfette trying to “Rider Kick” Bigmouth), I already don’t like it. It doesn’t even feel like “The Smurfs”. Any show could do that (unfunny) “big vs. little” joke.
Really, everyone, if this is just going to assume that viewers are only familiar with the movies, I’m not even going to bother.
If a series is (or will be) airing on Nickelodeon (a channel aimed at children), then it's a given that said series will likewise be marketed towards a young audience, i.e., children. No "data" is required to reach that conclusion. And the reason why this series set directly after The Smurfs and the Lost Village is because that movie was the most recent Smurfs project to date and so that's the one the kids will remember. Keep in mind that any kid today wasn't alive during the 1980s and therefore expecting today's kids to gravitate toward the earlier incarnations of Smurfs which started and stopped before they were born doesn't make much sense.@ Goldstar Neo:
This has nothing to do with demographics or any other kind of “data”. Instead of actually trying to adapt Peyo’s original comics (if anything), they’ve decided to do a show set after “The Lost Village”. In other words, this tells me that they’ve decided not to even bother, and instead just assume that the viewers—no matter how young or old they are—would only be familiar with the movies, and do the show based on that.
I'm not what sure how you're defining "taking the easy way out" here. If by this, you mean having jokes such as "Smurf Fu", well, again, the show is meant to appeal to children, and martial arts is something that kids are known to enjoy seeing, so, pandering though it may be, it's expected when dealing with kid's shows.I’ll be direct. This isn’t really about whether or not the viewers are familiar with any version of The Smurfs. To me, anyway, it’s more about taking the easy way out, which isn’t always the best answer. That’s what disappoints me about this upcoming show, if anything.