Who would have thought that the years-long discourse about the relative positives and negatives between CG and traditional animation would be so sharply delineated by The Smurfs? Scoff not - check out this new DVD.
On the surface, Sony Pictures Animation The Legend of Smurfy Hollow is a half hour Halloween special (actually 22 minutes). The basic story - fitting neatly into its brief duration rather than being padded for an hour or for feature length - finds Narrator Smurf telling a scary story to Hefty, Panicky and Clumsy.
The story is based loosely on Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, only this time, Brainy Smurf's chances of winning a Smurf berry competition is being threatened by kilt-rocking Gutsy Smurf.
In "Brom Bones" fashion, Gutsy does the same thing Scooby-Doo villains do to get the berries. What follows must have been, at least in part, inspired by the Disney version of Sleepy Hollow, with a visual tribute to the climactic...
This is a great short movie, well worth $5. I watched it with my little boy and we had fun. I love the combination of CGI and classic Smurf animation. Takes me back to when I was a kid watching smurfs early on Saturday morning while waiting for my Dad to call me up for pancakes, memories . . . memories.
Sure the cover makes you think the movie might be computer animated throughout but Smurfy Hollow being hand drawn brought back memories. Plus it actually taking place in the Smurf village and not...NY or Paris helps. Just like Smurf's Christmas Carol, this short is more like the show. They should just stop the movies and make a new animated series.
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