Thursday, July 5, 2012

Coming Soon to DVD -- The Smurfs and the Magic Flute (Review)


The Smurfs and the Magic Flute

               Distributed by Shout! Factory

Smurf fans rejoice! On August 14, 2012, the original full-length animated feature The Smurfs and the Magic Flute will finally debut on DVD for the first time in the U.S. from Fabulous Films. Based on the original comic book story by the same name, this beloved animated movie classic debuted in U.S theaters in 1983 and has remained a fan favorite for more than twenty-five years. Delivering wholesome family entertainment, The Smurfs and the Magic Flute DVD also features bonus content including an image gallery, animated menus, a glossary of Smurf terms, The Smurf Story, a character guide, and an About the Smurfs and the Magic Flute featurette. A must-have for Smurfs fans, collectors, animation enthusiasts and a new generation of kids, this collectible DVD is priced to own at $14.93 SRP and available for pre-order now. 

In The Smurfs and the Magic Flute, a magical flute is just what Court Jester Peewit needs to play delightful tunes that make everyone in the kingdom dance — until the dancing turns dangerous. Sir Johan tries in vain to recover the musical instrument, but a thief named McCreep beats him to it, intending to use the flute to steal gold from the King’s subjects. It’s the Smurfs to the rescue when Papa Smurf devises a plan to create a second magical flute, and Peewit and Sir Johan go on a great adventure to find McCreep, win the musical duel and save the kingdom!

DVD Bonus Content
Image Gallery
Glossary of Smurf terms
The Smurf Story
Character Guide
About The Smurfs and the Magic Flute
Animated Menus

Technical Information
The Smurfs and the Magic Flute DVD
Street Date: August 14, 2012
Running Time: 71 min.
Aspect Ratio: 4 x 3
Audio: stereo
Rating: Rated G


My Review:

If you grew up in the 70's and 80's (and even earlier), then you probably saw The Smurfs on television, in theaters, and even in comic books.  I was first introduced to these lovable blue people in comic book form.  For my 6th birthday, my parents give me my first comic, which was The Smurfs. I instantly fell in those with them, especially Papa Smurf, and began to watch them every Saturday morning, with my other favorite cartoons.  And, then in 1983 (wow, what a long time ago), I saw The Smurfs and the Magic Flute at the movies.  At first, I didn't know what I was watching, as the Smurfs didn't arrive on screen until about 30 minutes into the movie.  The movie centered around two human animated characters, Sir Johan and Court Jester Peewit.  As for the voices of the Smurfs, they aren't the ones you remember from the popular animated series.  So, this threw me for a loop back then, and then when I watched it recently.  

But, once you look past these few differences, if you are a true Smurfs fan, then you will love this movie, which has become a classic.  I was excited to introduce Savannah to the Smurfs, and used this movie, as an introduction.  She loved it, and has since asked to watch it at least once a week.  Even though she has seen other episodes of the Smurfs on television since, she seems to enjoy this class movie most.  I can't blame her, as it has become one of my favorites.

So, mark your calendars for the upcoming release on DVD, hitting store shelves on August 14th.  This movie will delight both new and old Smurfs fans.

About the Smurfs
The story of the Smurfs – a property created by Peyo – started in 1958 with the creation of comic books which were later brought to the big screen and on television. Over the years, the little blue characters haven’t just limited themselves to the page and the screen. The Smurfs have inspired records and CDs that have sold millions of copies, entire collections of figurines and toys, and many more products. In all, more than 3,000 derived products have been produced and leading brands and companies have spread their messages worldwide with the help of the Smurfs. A multitude of new projects appear regularly, thus making the success of the Smurfs planetary!

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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