When I was in grade school, I saw a movie that has stuck with me as an adult. The movie was The Smurfs and the Magic Flute. Originally released in 1976 in Belgium, it was released in the U.S. in 1983. The Smurfs and the Magic Flute earned $11 million in its theatrical release in the United States, making it the highest grossing animated non-Disney film until 1985, when The Care Bears Movie was released. Unlike The Smurfs Saturday morning cartoon, The Smurfs and the Magic Flute was not produced by Hanna-Barbera.
For years, I have been hoping that this classic introduction to the Smurfs would be introduced. As the Saturday morning cartoon started to be released in season DVD sets, I thought the movie would not be too far behind, but it did not happen nor did it happen when The Smurfs live-action film was released last summer. Finally on Tuesday, August 12, The Smurfs and the Magic Flute came to DVD.
Despite the audio dub of the film not being the U.S. version but the U.K. version, it was exciting to see a piece of my childhood memories come back to me thanks to this DVD release. Unless you are a die-hard Smurfs fan, The Smurfs and the Magic Flute will not appeal to you as the classic blue characters do not make their appearance until 20 minutes into the film. Those that are true blue (pun intended) Smurfs fans will enjoy this film because it is a piece of history regarding the Belgium created characters.