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The Smurfs: Season One – Volume One (Warner DVD)


Picture: B     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Smurfs (Episodes): A-



WHAT THE SMURF?! Finally available on DVD is The Smurfs: Season One – Volume One.  After years of waiting, one of the most famous 1980’s cartoon series appears on a volumized 2-Disc DVD set.  Clumsy, Hefty, Grouchy, Handy, Brainy, Lazy, Smurfette, Papa Smurf and all the rest of your favorite Smurfs appear in this first set that contains 9 original episodes with 19 individual stories total.  From the origins of Smurfette to how tall a Smurf is (3 apples); it is all here on this terrific 2-Disc set.


For those who did not live through the 1980’s or were too caught up in your Red Pleather Jacket to remember it, here is the Smurfed up version of what the classic cartoon was about.  There is a village of small and gentle creatures known as The Smurfs who just go along with their happy lives, with the occasional interruption from the evil wizard Gargamel who would love nothing more than to eat a smurf.  Why does Gargamel want to eat a Smurf?  Who the Smurf knows, maybe he was not hugged enough as a small wizard.  There never was much to The Smurfs, but became one of the most beloved cartoons to ever grace television.  Each episode seems to infuse a message of love and understanding, but is so shrouded in Smurf goodness it is not distracting in the slightest.


This reviewer has always loved The Smurfs and I am sure you guys and gals out there have many of the same questions we all do.  Why is there only one girl Smurf and all those male Smurfs? Well, Gargamel created Smurfette (the first girl Smurf) and for whatever reason all the male Smurfs are in love with her, even though they have always lived without girls in their species.  Still confused?  Me too.  There is also the question of the no shirts, the mushroom houses, and why each Smurf is a personal stereotype?  Like a tootsie-pop, the world may never know.


The Smurf-tastic features of this 2-Disc set are well presented and to the point.  The picture is presented in its original 1.33 X 1 Full Screen aspect ratio.  The picture’s colors are bright and solid.  In fact the picture is so bright and crisp that the cartoon could even be confused for a newer series.  The sound is a bit worse than picture to this reviewer’s ears, but adequate.  The sound is presented in its original Mono track in Dolby Digital 1.0 and is crisp & clear, but tends to be a bit light and this reviewer had to turn up the sound to hear it clearly at times.  The extras are nothing fantastic, but good enough for a first volume of many.  The extras include an additional episode entitled ‘The Smurf’s Springtime Special’ where the Smurf’s save mother nature from the evil Gargamel, as well as a second feature a ‘Smurfs: Music Video’ where many Smurf clips are set to the classic Smurf theme song.  There is no smurfing around here, the set is smurfarific.


As a side note, don’t be confused that the innards of the package state that the extras are contained on Disc-2 Side B; the studio managed to squeeze all of the extras onto a one sided Disc and never changed the package art.


This is a must buy for any fan of the series or for anyone with children.  The Smurfs are just as good now as they were 25 years ago.  So go out and grab The Smurfs and join the rest of us in wondering if ‘Smurf’ is an adjective, a noun, or a verb.  No one Smurfing knows.



-   Michael P Dougherty II


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