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The Smurfs cartoon show title used in the Season 1 intro sequence, and also for Seasons 2 and 3


An alternate version of the Season 1 title, as used for newer prints of international versions of The Smurfs

"Long, long ago, deep in a forest, there was a hidden village where tiny creatures lived. They called themselves Smurfs. They were good. Then there was Gargamel, the evil wizard. He was bad....Well, the forest is still there. And if you listen, you may hear Gargamel's rage. And if you are good, you may just catch a glimpse of the Smurfs."
- Narrator, Season 1 intro

Season 1, which aired from 1981 to 1982, introduced us to the main cast of characters commonly known as the Smurfs -- the village leader Papa Smurf, the beautiful Smurfette, the wisdom-spewing Brainy, the muscleman Hefty, the mechanic Handy, the food freak Greedy, the horn-playing Harmony, the narcissistic Vanity, the lackadaisical Lazy, the curmudgeon Grouchy, and various others -- plus their main adversaries, Gargamel the evil human wizard and his pet cat Azrael. It was during this season that a cartoon special, "The Smurfs Springtime Special" (April 8, 1982), was aired, introducing us to Gargamel's wicked godfather Lord Balthazar as well as to the Smurfs' constant ally Mother Nature.

Intro Sequence

The intro narration takes place during a panning of the Smurf forest, which leads to the appearance of the Smurfs and a montage of shots featuring Smurfs doing their daily activities. Then comes a shot of Gargamel's castle, with Gargamel appearing in the window, saying, "Oooh, I hate the Smurfs!" This is followed by Gargamel briefly chasing after a Smurf until he ends up trapped inside a log, with the Smurf watching as he rants and raves, bumping into the trees. The Smurf then runs through the forest and dives through a hollowed-out log before proceeding to go behind the SMURFS title logo and then appear sitting on top of a mushroom.

The Season 1 intro sequence is one of the most common of the nine season intro sequences due to its use in international versions of The Smurfs cartoon TV series, though by using the more modern version of THE SMURFS title logo. However, the international versions of this intro also uses two different theme songs; each of them would either be sung or have a spoken narration like the original US version. (For more infomation on one of the theme songs, see "The Smurfy Way".)

Episode Listings

The episodes that appeared in this season (in the order of their original air dates) include:

1. The Astro Smurf (9/12/1981)
2. Jokey's Medicine (9/12/1981)
3. Vanity Fare (9/12/1981)
4. St. Smurf And The Dragon (9/19/1981)
5. The Magical Meanie (9/19/1981)
6. Sorcerer Smurf (9/19/1981)
7. Bewitched, Bothered, And Be-Smurfed (9/26/1981)
8. King Smurf (9/26/1981)
9. The Smurfs And The Howlibird (9/26/1981)
10. Soup A La Smurf (10/3/1981)
11. All That Glitters Isn't Smurf (10/3/1981)
12. Dreamy's Nightmare (10/3/1981)
13. Romeo And Smurfette (10/10/1981)
14. The Magic Egg (10/10/1981)
15. Smurphony In 'C' (10/10/1981)
16. Sideshow Smurfs (10/17/1981)
17. Supersmurf (10/17/1981)
18. Paradise Smurfed (10/17/1981)
19. Sir Hefty (10/24/1981)
20. The Baby Smurf (10/24/1981)
21. The Fake Smurf (10/24/1981)
22. Painter And Poet (10/31/1981)
23. Haunted Smurfs (10/31/1981)
24. The Purple Smurfs (10/31/1981)
25. The Fountain Of Smurf (11/7/1981)
26. The Magnifying Mixture (11/7/1981)
27. Foul Weather Smurf (11/7/1981)
28. The Hundredth Smurf (11/14/1981)
29. The Abominable Snowbeast (11/14/1981)
30. Gargamel, The Generous (11/14/1981)
31. The Smurfette (11/21/1981)
32. Now You Smurf 'Em, Now You Don't (11/21/1981)
33. Spelunking Smurfs (11/21/1981)
34. The Smurf's Apprentice (11/28/1981)
35. Smurf-Colored Glasses (11/28/1981)
36. The Clockwork Smurf (11/28/1981)
37. Fuzzle Trouble (12/5/1981)
38. Smurfette's Dancing Shoes (12/5/1981)
39. The Smurfs And The Money Tree (12/5/1981)

Video Releases

  • Warner Home Video has released two volume sets of Season 1 episodes.
  • Amazon Instant Video and Zune have individual episodes available for download.
  • Apple iTunes has the volume sets available for download.
  • Google Play has the first volume of Season 1 available for download.
  • Fabulous Films released the complete first season DVD set with all 26 episodes, as well as The Smurfs Springtime Special for the UK in July 2010. The entire season is also available for download on UK iTunes from Arrow Films. (which is also in conjunction with Fabulous Films on the DVD distribution rights)
  • In August 2011, Magna Home Entertainment released the complete first season DVD set for Austraila and New Zealand as well. (as well as 'Ultimate Collection 1' box set)
  • Imavision released a Season 1 DVD set in French in Canada.
  • In August 2011, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have released the entire season with all the episodes, as well as The Smurfs Springtime Speical on a DVD set in Germany.

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