When Movies Got The Blues
They come in every size, shape and colour.
If green is reserved for the likes of Hulk and Shrek, Hellboy demonstrates the scorching reds of his personality. And then there's yellow with Despicable Me's cute minions on one side and the creepy Roark Junior aka Yellow Bastard of Sin City finishing off the other end of the spectrum.
But with Smurfs ready to hit the marquee this Friday, it's the blue-skinned fictional favourites we're concentrating on. Here's a list of some of the coolest ones in the category:
Smurfs, The Smurfs
From Belgian cartoonist Peyo's imagination to Raja Gosnell's 3D flick, these cutesy, blue-coloured, lookalike inhabitants of Smurfs' village have now set their eyes on a big city adventure. What can we say except let it smurf!
Image: The Smurfs
Image: Genie with Aladdin and his princess
Sully, Monsters Inc
The scare monster with a heart of gold, James P Sullivan or Sully may not be the right guy for his job but his wide-eyed adorability in all its bright blue fur with spots of purple makes the technicality hard to notice.
Image: Mike Wazowski and Sully
Mystique, X-Men and X-Men: First Class
The sexy shape-shifting mutant from X-Men series is quite comfortable in her own skin and others. While Rebecca Romijn's smoking hot version took pride in her nimble abilities, the latest edition of X-Men starring Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique explored the vulnerable, insecure side of embracing one's true self especially when it comes in the form of textured indigo.
Plus, she's so much amiable than her equally blue contemporaries, Beast and Nightcrawler.
Stitch, Lilo & Stitch
Aliens and adorable may not be synonymous with each other.
Disney's Experiment 626 turned Stitch makes you reconsider that notion as he forms an enviable bond of friendship with a perky Hawaiian kid. As the temperamental yet loyal pet dog to Lilo, the unusually blue Stitch is a mix of pert and precocious.
Image: Stitch and his pals
Dr Manhattan, Watchmen
Be it Bruce Banner or Dr Jon Osterman, most superheroes are the product of an experiment gone haywire.
In the comic book adaptation of Watchmen, exposure to a toxic scientific field causes Dr Manhattan's physical body to disintegrate and reconstruct into a striking blue supernatural form that radiates a cosmic glow.
Actor Billy Crudup donned a body suit wired with blue LEDs to generate that luminous effect.
Image: Dr Manhattan
Image: Na'vi and Neytiri
The Japanese darling continues to be hugely popular in all things anime/manga.
So what makes Nobita Nobi's robocat buddy from the future this blue? Apparently, he used to be yellow but after a rat bit off his ears, he was so saddened; he literally turned a shade of despondency.
Image: Doraemon and his friends
Blu and Jewel, Rio
As the beautiful and blue feathery creatures, namely, Spix's Macaw entering extinction, shy-and-cannot-fly Blu and feisty 'n' fiery Jewel are forced to hang out and increase their tribe.
Only Rio's leading duo, voiced by Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, has so much platonic-action packed on its menu, there's simply no time to romance.
Image: Blu and Jewel
Diva Plavalaguna, The Fifth Element
Image: Diva Plavalaguna
Abe Sapien, Hellboy
It's always red versus blue, right? Wrong.
The striped torso amphibian Abe Sapien with his paranormal gifts often collaborates with Hellboy to nab the bad guy. CGI and prosthetics, of course, contribute to Doug Jones's remarkable transition, also behind the portrayal of a fantastical faun in the critically-lauded Pan's Labyrinth.
Image: Abe Sapien