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The Smurfs & the Magic Flute (La Flûte à six schtroumpfs) is an animated film from 1976, co-produced in France and Belgium, based on the comic strips created by French-Belgian cartoonist Pierre "Peyo" Culliford. It was directed by himself and Eddie Lateste, and released in France on October 7, 1976. It premiered in the United States on November 25, 1983, and was distributed by SEPP and Atlantic Rleasing Corporation.

Synopsis

A villain named Matthew McCreep steals the Smurfs' magic flute, an instrument that makes people dance wildly, and uses it to rob them. The Smurf King sends out Peewit to track down the thief and retrieve the flute. Now Johan and Pirlouit must get it back at all costs, so they head to the magical kingdom of Smurfs to ask for their help.

Dubbing History

The film was dubbed twice; the original dub was done in the United Kingdom in 1979. Many of the character names are changed (for example, Johan and Peewit's names become John and William, respectively), and several Smurfs are called by the wrong names. While the voice cast was credited, it is unknown who voiced what character. This dub has been included on all American DVD releases barring the 2008 Televista release, for reasons unknown.

It was not until the success of Hanna-Barbera's The Smurfs cartoon that the film began to gain widespread attention. In the early 1980s, Stuart R. Ross, head of First Performance Pictures Corporation, acquired the American rights to the film for $1,000,000. The English dubbing for the movie was not provided by the Hanna-Barbera cast members, but by non-union talent who were contributing at the time to American versions of imported anime. The North American release of Flute grossed US$11 million out of a maximum 432 venues, the highest on record for a non-Disney production until The Care Bears Movie in 1985, and was among Atlantic's all-time top five movies at the box office.

Cast

U.K. Dub United Kingdom

Character Original Actor Dub Actor
William Michel Modo Stuart Lock
John William Coryn ¿?
Papa Smurf Michel Elias
Smurf #1 Jacques Ruisseau
Smurf #2 Roger Crouzet
King Georges Pradez
Lady Gripe Ginette Garcin
Matthew Oilycreep Albert Médina
Mumford Jacques Dynam
Homnibus Henri Crémieux
Merchant Angelo Bardi
Mariner Henri Labussière
Narrator ¿?

U.S. Dub United States

Character Original Actor Dub Actor
VHS Version DVD Version
Peewit Michel Modo Cam Clarke
John William Coryn Grant Gottschall
Papa Smurf Michel Elias Bill Capizzi Michael Sorich
Schemer Smurf Jacques Ruisseau Robert Axelrod
Southy Smurf Roger Crouzet Michael Sorich
King Georges Pradez
Lady Prattle Ginette Garcin ¿?
Matthew McCreep Albert Médina Mike Reynolds
Earl Flatbroke Jacques Dynam Ron Gans
Homnibus Henri Crémieux Ted Lehmann
Merchant Angelo Bardi Zack Star Phifer
Mariner Henri Labussière Robert Axelrod
Narrator ¿? John Rust

Additional / Unidentified Voices

U.S. Dub United States

U.K. Dub United Kingdom

  • Richard Ashley
  • Ed Devereaux
  • Harry Dickman
  • Paul Felber
  • Michael Fields
  • Kalman Glass
  • Stuart Lock
  • Anna MacLeod
  • Vernon Morris
  • Bill Owen
  • Richard Pescud
  • Yael Stern-O'Dwyer

Notes

  • An alternate version of the film featuring Michael Sorich as Papa Smurf was released to DVD by Televista in 2008. Since the original Vestron VHS release contains Capizzi as Papa Smurf, and likely the original theatrical release as well, this may have been made for a TV broadcast of the film.[1]

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Dub Region Country
Intervision Video 1981 VHS.jpg U.K. PAL United Kingdom United Kingdom
Vestron Video 1984 U.S. NTSC United States United States
Children's Video Library 1987
Video Treasures 1989
Avid Home Entertainment 1991
Morningstar Entertainment 2008 DVD.jpg U.K. 1
NTSC
Televista U.S. 0
NTSC
Fabulous Films 2010 U.K. 2
PAL
United Kingdom United Kingdom
BD B
DVB-T
Vivendi Entertainment 2011 DVD.jpg 1
NTSC
Canada Canada
Shout! Factory 2012 United States United States

See Also

  • The Smurfs (2021)

References

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