The Smurfs and the Magic Flute
Release: October 07, 1976

First big screen movie. For the USA dub, none of the original voices from the show are in the film. Was a big hit at the box office and started the "movies based on tv shows" craze in the 80s. In 1965, a black-and-white 90-minute animated film was made about the smurfs, Les Aventures des Schtroumpfs. It consisted of seven short cartoons made in the previous years for diffusion on the Walloon TV and was shown in some cinemas in Belgium. It received little attention, and not much is known about it. At least some of these shorts have been translated in Dutch and German. However, in 1976, La Flûte à six Schtroumpfs (an adaptation of the original "Johan and Peewit" story) was released. Michel Legrand provided the musical score to the film. The film would in 1983 be released in the United States in an English language dubbed version, produced by Stuart R. Ross in association with First Performance Pictures Corp, and titled The Smurfs and the Magic Flute. The film was distributed theatrically in North America by Atlantic Releasing Corp., on VHS by Vestron and syndicated on television by Tribune Entertainment. A few more long smurf movies were made, most notably The Baby Smurf and Here are the Smurfs, which was later broken into a few episodes of the Hanna-Barbera TV cartoon series.

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