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'Smurfs: A Magical Smurf Adventure'
(2-Disc DVD / NR / 2011 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: Get your Smurf on with this 2-disc set of 10 Smurftacular Episodes! In a hidden village dwells a clan of magical creatures, living in mushroom houses and taking showers with dewdrops. They’re those international celebrities known far and wide as the Smurfs -- and they’re back on DVD.

DVD Verdict: Yes, timed perfectly to fall in alongside their big screen feature film debut, those international celebrities known far and wide as the Smurfs are back! In more ways than one, especially that big screen role, here on a two-disc DVD this itty-bitty powder-blue crew, including Brainy, Lazy, Vanity and Smurfette, led by the wise, gentle and 542-year-old Papa Smurf are up to their old tricks, once more!

Now, for those that don't know (hey, I found this interesting!) The Smurfs (as a comic and TV franchise) was first created and introduced as a series of comic strips by the Belgian cartoonist Peyo (pen name of Pierre Culliford) on October 23, 1958.

Now, it just gets better, trust me! The original term and the accompanying language came during a meal Peyo was having with his colleague and friend André Franquin at the Belgian Coast. Having momentarily forgotten the word "salt", Peyo asked him (in French) to pass the schtroumpf.

Franquin jokingly replied: "Here's the Schtroumpf — when you are done schtroumpfing, schtroumpf it back..." and the two spent the rest of that weekend speaking in "schtroumpf language". The name was later translated into Dutch as Smurf, which was adopted in English!

I kid you not - the origins of The Smurfs right there ... you're welcome!

Anyway, back to this DVD set and of course Gargamel, the local evil wizard, is forever scheming against the tiny team, but our little friends outsmurf him every time!

And so here on these two discs are some Smurf-tastic adventures, for sure, but (in truth) the picture quality is disappointing. With no restoration work done to improve the aging transfer, the colors lack vibrancy, and softness is prevalent. The mono soundtrack is flat, though dialogue is generally easily discernable.

The two extras included are 'Smurf Speak,' which teaches the user how to express yourself the Smurf way, and 'Smurftastic Moments,' which features the Top Ten moments from Season Two of the show (which doesn't really need to be here, in all honesty.)

And so, The Smurfs may only be three apples high, but they left miles of smiles on the faces of Saturday morning cartoon fans from 1981 to 1989! Smurf it up again with this colorful collection of superior Smurftainment! This is a Full Screen presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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