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STUDIO: Warner Home Video
RUNNING TIME: 101 minutes
Meet the Smurfs
Smurfs smurf all over your smurf
Raul Aldana, Francisco Colmenero, Lucille Bliss, Michael Bell
Imagine if the Seven Dwarfs got their own show, but with all blue characters to avoid those pesky royalties.
I hate one-note characters.
The Smurfs occurred early enough in my childhood that I distinctly remember watching the show, but with no associated emotional response. I would like to pretend that my childhood self had detected how unremarkable the show was, but that is unlikely. At the very least, I was able to watch it on a regular basis, whereas now it was a struggle to sit through only five episodes. Now if you are still a fan of the show (shame on you), I could see how this would be upsetting. Apparently the DVD sets released for the first season have around three times as many episodes as those released for the second season.
Cutest grave ever.
Coming this fall: Breaking Smurf
Meet the Smurfs is a handful of video profiles of individual Smurfs. It is practically valueless, but their short length is an asset in this case. There are also various trailers for other DVDs targeted towards children, which is kind of an insult given the minimal episode set. There is also an Easter egg, which is a trailer for a Smurfs’ episode done in the style of a 50’s horror film. It is actually mildly amusing and a bright spot for the DVD.
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STUDIO: Jim Henson Company
TIME: 74 minutes
•Animated Episode: “The Great Fraggle Freeze”
•Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas Sing-Along
•A Look at Jim Henson’s The Christmas Toy
•Traveling Matt’s Holiday Trivia
If we group the holiday episodes together, we can sell them as a set!
Gerald Parkes, Steven Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Terry Angus, Jerry Nelson, Karen Prell
Jim Henson tries to work his puppet wizardry on a show for children that have gotten too old for Sesame Street.
America wasn’t ready for the episode about Gobo’s suicide.
If you enjoyed hearing me complain about the Smurf set only having five episodes, then you are in luck, this set has a whopping three episodes. And it is not as if this is the only way that you can get these episodes, you can buy a full season, which will have at least one of these episodes in addition to dozens more. Of the three episodes you do get, none of them are particularly remarkable. I found myself to be quite bored with the show, especially with the two episodes that are about sharing.
If you don’t have faith, your friends will freeze to death.
The third episode was incredibly ambitious, but I
imagine the result left more than a few adults scratching their
heads. In this episode, Gobo challenges the commonly held beliefs of the
Fraggles and searches for proof using an old map he found. He
ultimately ends up empty handed and the Fraggles are frozen solid until
Gobo realizes that the power of their holiday was not in some mythical
being, but in the Fraggles themselves. I applaud the effort, but the execution falls flat and is even a bit depressing at times.
The disc actually comes with a bonus episode of the Fraggle Rock cartoon, which is not enough to make up for only having three episodes of the original series.
Fraggle Rock: A Merry Fraggle Holiday: 4.0 out of 10