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'The Smurfs 2' and our other favorite blue characters

A look back at Sulley, the Na'vi and more

By Frank Paiva
Special to MSN Movies

It's not that easy being green. At least that's what Kermit the Frog would have you believe. Then again, he's one of the most beloved characters in the world. Plus he has a weepy song to endear sympathy. His verdant compatriots aren't doing too bad for themselves either. Shrek is sitting on a pile of money, Elphaba is celebrating a decade on Broadway, and people keep trying to make movies about The Incredible Hulk. Being green is, at best, a mild inconvenience. Like a hangnail you won't be able to properly deal with until you get home from work.

It's much more difficult to be blue. Not the emotional state. Actually, physically blue. Where's the wistful Muppets song about that? Apparently Gonzo just isn't much of a musician. Just watch the title sequence for "The Muppet Show." Every week something goes wrong when he tries to play the bugle or bang the gong.

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In 1958, a Belgian artist named Peyo created pop culture's most enduring blue characters: The Smurfs. For decades they've delighted children in print and on television, but it wasn't until two years ago that they made the jump to the big screen. 2011's "The Smurfs" was a smash hit with family audiences. It made a lesser impression on critics.

This week marks the release of the inevitable sequel: "The Smurfs 2." The whole gang is back in their white hats and white shoes to battle the evil Gargamel. This time in Paris. At the very least maybe it'll inspire the kids to travel. Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jayma Mays return as humans. The late Jonathan Winters makes his final film appearance as the voice of Papa Smurf.

To celebrate the release of "The Smurfs 2," here are eleven other beloved blue characters from cinema history.

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