1980s Animation ‘The Smurfs’ Coming to DVD
February 6th, 2008 2:22 PM by Aaron H. Bynum
Over the next several months, fans of 1980s cartoons will never have a better chance to discover their inner smurf. Coming to DVD for the very first time at the very end of the month of February 2008 and readily in development or production for a slew of consumer products and film projects for its celebration, The Smurfs, like many other television programs from its era, now returns to prominence with fans of retro animation. A series that emphasized camaraderie and community relations above all else, The Smurfs offered its young audience how to live the long hard fight, learning to care for one another right from the start… even if there’s a crazy guy trying to capture your village so that he (or his cat) can eat you.
Coming to DVD starting this month with the help of Warner Home Video is The Smurfs: Season One, Volume One; the first home video installment of the long-running television cartoon. Featuring a cuddly, miniature town of little blue persons that live in mushroom houses and pride themselves in a strong community, the Smurfs are a curious little bunch of folks that many kids of the 1980s grew close to.
Teamwork, friendship and a passion for banding together against all odds: that’s what the Smurfs stood for. But as all animation fans that knew the series are clearly aware, the dream of peace and tranquility sought by the Smurfs was always threatened by the evil Gargamel.
“Viewers of all ages loved this series because the Smurfs were such well-created characters, the show’s storylines were clever and inventive, and the quality of the animation was superb,” Amit Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Sports Marketing, stated.
“The Smurfs have definitely secured their place in American pop culture. It’s nearly twenty years after their original television run and they are still cherished by little kids and adults everywhere,” he continued. “This was one of the most popular cartoons on television in the 80’s and was highly successful during its original broadcast. We anticipate that the show’s release on DVD will also be a big hit with consumers.”
Along with his equally scraggily, but still evil housecat Azrael, Gargamel possesses the indefinable urge to capture and devour the little blue Smurfs, if not use them to some other, profitable end. Of course, whether it is thanks to the smarts of Brainy Smurf or the good nature of Jokey Smurf or the passion of the ever-gorgeous Smurfette, the Smurf population always finds a way to outwit crazy Gargamel. Under the leadership of 543-year-old Papa Smurf, the Smurfs are a caring group of little blue things that maintain a strong sense of duty and accomplishment.
Hitting store shelves on February 19th, 2008 and retailing at $26.99; The Smurfs: Season One, Volume One will contain nineteen episodes of the television animation. The episodes will be uncut, digitally re-mastered and will span two-discs. According to Warner Home Video, the DVD Set design will include an alluring O-sleeve packaging that features embossing and foil accents.
Also in this release is the bonus episode, “The Smurfs Springtime Special” (1982), where the Smurfs suffer at the hands of their archenemy, the evil wizard Gargamel, as Smurf Village busies itself in preparations for Easter and a newly hatched baby duck. Accompanying the bonus episode is “Smurfs: The Music Video,” a music video featuring the famous title sound track, cut to the rhythm of the best moments from the first season.
Although hitting United States airwaves in 1981 and eventually going on to establish an international reputation as the smurfiest television series available; The Smurfs got their start in comics (late 1950s), courtesy of their creator, a Belgian artist by the name of Pierre “Peyo” Culliford. Although Peyo Culliford passed away fifteen years ago, these three-apple high blue persons that number a little over one hundred continue to gain recognition, having reached their 50th Anniversary this year. Whether it be promoting children’s rights and education with UNICEF or serving as the property license for Accessory Network Group’s up and coming (Fall 2008) line of fashion bags, backpacks, luggage, small leather goods and back to school items for kids, teens and adults; The Smurfs, after a half century, are still having a smurfin’ good time.