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Smurfs: A Magical Smurf Adventure Out Now on DVD

by Cindy Robinson

The Smurfs: A Magical Smurf Adventure is out now on Warner Bros. home entertainment  2-disc DVD collection for the next generation to smurf it up!

The Smurfs left miles of smiles on the faces of Saturday morning cartoon fans throughout the 1980’s as this smurftacular powder-blue crew, including Brainy, Lazy, Vanity and Smurfette, led by the wise, gentle and 542-year-old Papa Smurf. They live in their mushroom houses and battle Gargamel, the local evil wizard, who is forever scheming against the tiny team but our little friends outsmurf him every time!

The Smurfs in 3D from Sony Pictures is out now in theaters starring Neil Patrick Harris, along with the voice talents of Katy Perry as Smurfette, George Lopez as Grouchy Smurf and Hank Azaria as Gargamel. The Smurfs tied with the Universal Pictures, Jon Favreau (Iron Man) directed, Cowboys and Aliens over the weekend for the top spot each grossing approximately $36 million in their opening weekends. Helloooo Harrison Ford!

I do digress, but really, who isn’t distracted by Harrison Ford? Take the kids out to see the Smurfs in 3D and when they undoubtedly fall in love with this tiny group of blue creatures, who will fuel their smurftacular little imaginations, stop by your local Target or Best Buy on the way home and pick up The Smurfs: A Magical Smurf Adventure on DVD. Enjoy 10 classic episodes with the adorable Smurfette and wise Papa Smurf in his red cap over and over with the kids! It’s OK, we won’t tell if you pop it in the DVD player after the kids have gone to bed to relive your childhood and catch a favorite episode! Who doesn’t love the Smurfs?

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Tom & Jerry Cartoon Capers on DVD

Tom & Jerry DVD image courtesy of Warner Bros.

So tell me, did you watch Tom & Jerry growing up? I know it was on all the time in our household and I love that Tom & Jerry Fur Flying Adventures Volume 2 is out now on DVD for another generation to enjoy! It’s hard to believe that Hanna Barbera created this zany cartoon more than 70 years ago! Amazingly, every decade since Tom & Jerry’s inception in the 1940’s have seen the comic duo re-emerge as a top cartoon in that decade from Saturday morning cartoons to movie shorts, they are always there.  

In case you aren’t overly familiar with the cat & mouse team (perhaps you’ve just returned from say, Mars?) here is a little bit more info about them and what to expect on this fun-filled DVD from Warner Bros. I love how Spike the dog always steps in to help Jerry and how the lady of the house usually catches Tom in the act of some wrongdoing and yells out “Thomas!”.

One flustered feline + one resourceful rodent = 14 wild and wacky cartoons! Tom – the eternally crabby cat – and Jerry – the hopelessly adorable mouse – find themselves in a fracas once, twice and many times again in this latest bunch of 14 fast and funny cartoons! This time around the dizzy duo takes their tiffs to the beach (Surf-Bored Cat), to the Alps (The A-Tom-inable-Snowman) and to the orchestra (Tom and Jerry in the Hollywood Bowl). In Top with Pops Spike the dog pounces into the fray and Jerry learns a mouse’s best friend is a dog! Even vampire hunter Van Helsing gets in the middle of the cat/mouse combat in Monster Con. Your hunt stops here: this new collection of animated antics will delightfully drop you into the middle of non-stop family fun!

As a parent, one of the best things about having kids is that you still get to watch cartoons on a regular basis! I love this DVD compilation because it contains 14 different episodes so if the kids really want to watch some Tom & Jerry, they can pop it in and watch an episode or two without taking over the TV for the time it takes to watch an entire movie. I’m really enjoying the resurgence of cartoons that I enjoyed on Saturday mornings long past and hope you will enjoy this fun DVD with your family too.

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