The Smurfs Christmas Special (1982)

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6.0 Overall Score
Story: 6/10
Acting: 6/10
Visuals: 6/10

Weird Satan-like character

Typical holiday special

TV Show Info

TV Show Name:  The Smurfs Christmas Special

Studio:  Hanna-Barbera

Genre(s):  Animated/Seasonal

Release Date(s):  December 13, 1982

MPAA Rating:  Not Rated

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A Smurfy holiday!

Christmas is coming, and the Smurfs are celebrating.  Chef Smurf is working on the special Christmas pudding, and Harmony Smurf is working on a special song.  When two children and their grandfather crash in the forest, the children become lost in the forest.  Gargamel rejects helping the children, and he gets an offer from a strange evil man who promises to help him destroy the Smurfs in exchange for the children.  The children’s family is in pursue of the kids, and Gargamel sees the potential.  Now, Gargamel is planning a double cross and only the Smurfs can save him and the children.

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Oh yeah…Christmas pudding!

The Smurfs Christmas Special was a prime-time special which first aired on December 13, 1982.  It was produced by Hanna-Barbera who produced the popular cartoon and had the same art and style as the Saturday morning show.

The Smurfs Christmas Special is fun for people who grew up with the Smurfs, but might not be enjoyable for those who did not.  It is rather typical holiday cheer with plastered on smiles and songs like “Goodness Makes the Badness Go Away”.  It is pretty awful in the sense that it really crams the Christmas spirit down your throat.

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So…Satan has come to steal children?

What is odd about the whole Smurfs Christmas Special is the weird Satan-like character that shows up not long after the kids get lost.  He promises Gargamel that he can destroy the Smurfs in exchange for the children.  Gargamel agrees with this…I know Gargamel is a jerk but it seems even a bit strange for him to give in and allow children (which he sent back out to freeze to death) to be captured by an unknown man.

This man then proceeds to create a fire ring around the children (and Gargamel who inadvertently gets caught) and acts like he’s summoning the Devil or is the Devil himself.  It is all very odd for a kids’ show, but fortunately the Smurfs show up and save the day.

The Smurfs Christmas Special is basic happy-happy special, but the weird, creepy guy keeps it from being completely normal.  It is generally available on a double DVD with the other Smurf special The Smurfs:  ’Tis the Season to be Smurfy from 1987.

Related Links:

The Smurfs: ’Tis the Season to be Smurfy (1987)

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