The Smurfs: Season One, Volume One

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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Don Messick as Papa Smurf / Azrael Cat / Dreamy Smurf / Sleepy Smurf (voice)
Paul Winchell as Gargamel / Baby Smurf / Nosey Smurf (voice)
Lucille Bliss as Smurfette (voice)
Danny Goldman as Brainy Smurf (voice)
Barry Gordon as Additional Voices (voice)
Frank Welker as Clockwork Smurf / Hefty Smurf / Peewit / Poet Smurf / Puppy (voice)
William Callaway as Clumsy Smurf / Painter Smurf (voice)
Hamilton Camp as Greedy Smurf / Harmony Smurf (voice)
June Foray as Jokey Smurf / Mother Nature (voice)
Kip King as Tailor Smurf (voice)
Alan Oppenheimer as Vanity Smurf / Father Time (voice)
Kris Erik Stevens as Narrator (voice)

Special Features:
Bonus Episode: The Smurfs’ Springtime Special
Smurfs: The Music Video

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital Mono Sound
Running Time: 345 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“The long wait is over…the Smurfs on DVD for the first time ever! They’re finally here! Handy, Hefty, Grouchy, Brainy, Lazy, Smurfette, Papa Smurf and more favorites bring you the greatest show on Smurf – on DVD for the first time ever. It’s Season One, Vol. 1 of Smurfs’ Adventures, the Emmy-winning animated series [Outstanding Children's Entertainment Series 1982-83] that delighted Saturday morning cartoon fans for nearly a decade. Of course, where Smurfs are, you’ll also find evil wizard Gargamel and his cat Azrael – plus monsters, dragons and trolls – keeping our three-apple-high heroes on their tiny blue toes throughout 19 cartoon escapades. Ready for adventure, laughs and enchantment? Abso-Smurfly!”

“The Smurfs: Season One, Volume One” is not rated.

The Series:
I used to watch “Smurfs” as a kid, so I was curious to see what my kids would think of it 27 years later. I put my 9 year old daughter, 6 year old son, and 3 year old son in front of the TV and played this DVD for them. The 9 year old bailed out after about 2 minutes. The 6 year old saw the 9 year old bail and decided he was too cool for it and left. The 3 year old would watch for a few minutes, play with a “Star Wars” toy, then start watching again. While this was going on, my wife and I debated whether or not Gargamel wanted to eat the Smurfs or use them as an ingredient to create gold. (For the record, I was right. He wanted to eat them. Weirdo.) Then the Smurfette episode started and all the kids returned to the room. They watched it for a while and seemed intrigued by the female Smurf.

So, at the end of the day, the Smurfs prevailed. They didn’t initially interest the kids, but eventually they were pulled in by it, especially the younger ones. If you have young kids, they’ll probably enjoy Smurfs like you did as a kid.

I was a bit disappointed by the bonus features on this DVD. I was looking for a featurette on the history of Smurfs, interviews with the cast, or other goodies. No such luck.

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