Released by: Warner Bros.
Available on DVD: July 19
Own it on DVD
Run time: 190 minutes
10 episodes, 2 discs
Growing up, I remember one of my favorite cartoons was the Smurfs. I can remember Smurfs before Smurfette. And I remember when Sassette came along and some of the older Smurfs were turned into Smurflings. Back then, my sisters and I would use the backs of old blueprints my dad brought home to draw our own Smurf villages. I got pretty good at drawing a mushroom cottage (not so good at drawing a Smurf though).
I also remember drawing the orange cat, Azreal, too. Deep down, I like to think Azreal would have been a nice kitty if he'd had a nicer owner. The relationship between the Smurfs and Gargamel is a lot like the one between the Road Runner and Wile E. Coyote. Though pursued, they always seem to get away and it's Gargamel who is left feeling the pain of a backfired plan.
Now, I can easily share Smurf adventures I remember as a child with my own children now. We spent a whole morning watching the Smurfs this week and my 10 year old can rattle off her favorite Smurfs (she likes Brainy Smurf, Lazy Smurf, and Smurfette) and my 6 year old only liked Jokey Smurf. Finally, they understand the occasional Smurf reference (such as, "Son, your tongue looks like you ate a Smurf!")
The visual quality was OK considering how old these cartoons are and how much different the animation techniques were back then. There were no real tweaks that I could see that would make the picture quality look restored. One thing that I noticed that drove me a little nuts was that the first one that played had the announcer welcoming me back to the Smurfs. It was like they just cut and pasted from the original airing of the show. It wouldn't have seemed out of place had it not been the first episode to play. One suggestion I would have if they ever re-release this is to make the continuity a little better.
Check out this video of Brainy Smurf going on and on... teaching kids why it is so important to do as your told by your elders!
Smurfs: A Magical Smurf Adventure is now available for purchase. If you're interested in purchasing a copy, please see the "Own it on DVD" link above. Introduce a whole new generation to the Smurfs and have a smurftastic time together watching Jokey Smurf pull tricks on the other Smurfs.
Warner Bros. has generously offered me the opportunity to give one copy of Smurfs: A Magical Smurf Adventure away here at Making Ends Meet.
This giveaway will run through August 16, 2011 at 11:59 PM Eastern time. Winner shall be chosen via Random.org on or about August 17, 2011 and will be notified via email. Winner shall have 48 hours to respond to shipping information request. If winner fails to respond within that time frame, I will have to choose a different winner. Therefore, it is important that you include your email in your mandatory comment or ensure that your Blogger profile has your email set to be publicly viewed. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only who are 18 or older. Fulfillment will be provided by sponsor. You must complete the mandatory entry in order to have the extra entries be considered.
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Disclosure: Sponsor has provided me with a copy of the DVD referenced in this blog post. It was provided to me free of charge to facilitate this review. Sponsor has also graciously provided a copy to give away. Though the DVD was free to me, the opinions expressed are 100% my own. I was not compensated to review nor hold this giveaway contest.