The first full-length colour animated movie to feature the little blue guys known as Smurfs (there is a new version in 2011, with Katy Perry voicing Smurfette), this movie was actually made before the 1981 TV series that made them so popular. Based on characters by Belgian author Peyo – in Belgian they are known as ‘Schtroumpfs’ – it’s a simple enough tale of, you guessed it, a magic flute, which the Smurfs have to retrieve from a villain who has stolen it.
If your kids have never seen the Smurfs before, this is a nice introduction, ideal for very young viewers. However, if they are au fait with the world of the Smurf, they may not be too impressed with the animation here (the TV series, made by Hanna-Barbera, was slicker and brighter), a set of different voices, and the absence of characters that were created later, such as Smurfette (who actually was really annoying and whiny, so no great loss) and Gargamel.
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