The USA Today article discusses how The Smurfs find their way to New York. Apparently, in the the opening scene, Gargamel finds the Smurfs' village and then scatters them into the woods.
Returning home gets a bit more tricky as Gargamel goes after them. The trio that is pictured - along with Smurfette, Brainy and a new character, the brave Gutsy - find solace with a husband and wife (Neil Patrick Harris and Glee's Jayma Mays).
It seems that eating the Smurfs was something Gargamel always wanted to do, but the filmmakers jettisoned that idea.
The way the story is now, Gargamel wants to capture the Smurfs to use them as charms, "whose mystical essence will make his inept magic more powerful - and dangerous."
The Smurfs was released July 29th, 2011 and stars Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofía Vergara, Tim Gunn, Madison McKinley, Meg Phillips, Julie Chang. The film is directed by Raja Gosnell.