Colorful but unengaging children's cartoon in which, as
the blue elves of the title — Mandy Patinkin voices their leader — continue to
defend themselves against the schemes of the evil wizard (voice of Rainn
Wilson) who has long sought to steal their youth-restoring, power-bestowing
"essence," the sole female among them (voiced by Demi Lovato) has an
identity crisis which leads to a journey of discovery on which she's joined by
a trio of her male counterparts (voices of Joe Manganiello, Jack McBrayer and
Danny Pudi). In helming the third in a series of feature-length outings for the
creatures first dreamt up by Belgian cartoonist Peyo, director Kelly Asbury
eschews the mix of animation and live action used in the two previous films.
While the result is visually pleasing, and screenwriters Stacey Harman and Pamela
Ribon's script promotes teamwork and good moral choices, the story they tell
will satisfy only the least demanding youngsters.
Watch out for: Occasional
peril, some mild scatological humor.
Rated: A-I, general
patronage; MPAA: PG