Narrator then joins the three Smurfs to tell his own kind of ghost story. Uh oh! But when I was growing up, the Smurfs that I watched on Saturday morning were hand-drawn. The Headless Horseman is a ghostly figure has been a motif of European folklore since at least the Middle Ages.
The three work together to escape and come face-to-face with the legendary ghost, the Headless Horseman. The Smurfs And The Magic Flute (comic book), Characters in non-canonical presentations, https://smurfs.fandom.com/wiki/Headless_Horseman?oldid=43656. Gutsy decides to give Brainy a scare by creating a shadow figure of the Headless Horseman, which sends the bespectacled Smurf running in fear. By the end of the story, it is revealed that Papa Smurf created the Headless Horseman by using his magic to change an ordinary goat into a ghost. Gargamel and Azrael soon reach the bridge that the Headless Horseman cannot pass through, and safe inside the bridge, the evil wizard taunts the ghost, who then responds by throwing a flaming pumpkin that causes the floor beneath him and his cat to break, sending them down the river and over the waterfalls.
Smurfy Hollow is a location that is known for being the residence of a ghostly entity known as the Headless Horseman, which appears in the animated short film The Smurfs: The Legend Of Smurfy Hollow. And as someone who started his career in 2D, I'm just glad that this holiday special turned out as well as it did. By the time the contest ends and the Smurfs have appeared with their buckets for Papa Smurf to judge the winner, Gutsy shows up with a bucket overloaded with smurfberries and thus is declared the winner.
Clumsy sees that they are now surrounded by bats, which scares all four Smurfs and sends them running back to the village. We went in the direction of making him ghostly, so he's kind of a glow-in-the-dark ghost -- it says scary, and it gives you all the visual intensity, but it doesn't have the darkness of something that wouldn't be right for our audience. He discovers that it's in a place called Smurfy Hollow, an area where the legendary Headless Horseman resides, where there's a secret patch of smurfberries growing plentifully. The blazing primary color, stunning backgrounds and varied angles seem to be "making a case" for traditional animation. Very Smurfy Non-canon warning: Non-canonical information ends here. With Narrator Smurf's ghost story now over, Hefty claims that he wasn't scared, but finds himself jumping into Narrator Smurf's arms at the sound of a bat screeching. Very Smurfy Non-canon warning: This article or section contains non-canonical information that is not considered to be an official part of either the Smurfs Franco-Belgian comic book series or the Smurfs cartoon show series and should not be considered part of the overall storyline of either. Unable to fix the wheel, the three of them sit together around a campfire roasting smurfberries when Clumsy has the idea of telling a ghost story to pass the time. Brainy shows up at the gathering wearing multiple medals that he has won over the past years, gloating about how he's going to win this year's medal as well. Gutsy, Brainy, and Smurfette work on a plan to get themselves out of their cages, and soon Gutsy swings his cage repeatedly until it bumps into Brainy's, which then bumps into Smurfette's, and the cages continue to bump into each other until Gutsy's and Brainy's cages break, freeing them. Unable to fix the wheel, the three of them sit together around a campfire roasting smurfberries when Clumsy has the idea of telling a ghost story to pass the time. As the five of them flee to the covered bridge which is their only form of protection against the ghost, Gargamel taunts the Headless Horseman, who responds by throwing a flaming pumpkin which causes the floor of the bridge to collapse below the wizard and his cat, sending them downstream and over the waterfalls. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. ", The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow was met with positive reviews from critics. " Stephan Franck also spoke about the film's take on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, saying: "We didn't want to do something pretty scary, like the Tim Burton version [of Sleepy Hollow], because it's a different audience.
Brainy shows up at the gathering wearing multiple medals that he has won in the past nine years, gloating about how he's going to win this year's medal as well. But soon the five of them have a new problem to deal with—the presence of the Headless Horseman, who rides around looking for his next victims. Glad to see that two of his little Smurfs have learned their lesson, Papa Smurf proceeds to reward Gutsy with the medal, but Gutsy decides to give it to Brainy instead, who then insists that Gutsy should have it, and so the two Smurfs fight over who should get the medal when it flies out of their hands and lands looped around Lazy's neck, thereby declaring him to be the winner. ", He also explained that Disney animator Mary Blair inspired some of the film's animation, saying: "Mary was the master when it came to mixing bold shapes & colors. But soon the five of them have a new problem to deal with—the presence of the Headless Horseman, who rides around looking for his next victims. So that I could finally see these characters the way that I always thought they could be done. They both go together and find Brainy in a cage trap set up by Gargamel, only to soon join him in cage traps of their own. Now you will have a chance to enjoy the Smurfs with your own family. But when the cel-animation bursts onto the high-def screen, it has a luminescence that reminds you why this technique is unique unto itself. He is the ghost that legends say haunts the area in the Smurf Forest known as Smurfy Hollow, and who is unable to cross the covered bridge that leads into that region. However, Smurfette is still stuck in her cage, and Gutsy and Brainy try to figure out how to get her out of there when Gargamel appears with Azrael, and so they go into hiding while the evil wizard opens the cage to deal with the one Smurf that is still captured. Realizing that he may be found out for cheating, Gutsy goes out into the forest alone to find Brainy, but is soon joined by Smurfette, who finds out from Gutsy that Brainy is in Smurfy Hollow. Azrael, who was prowling the forest by himself, is soon alerted to the Smurfs' presence and goes to get his master to inform him of the captured Smurfs.
Narrator then joins the three Smurfs to tell his own kind of ghost story.
The film was released on DVD on September 10, 2013. ", Annecy International Animated Film Festival, "The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow", "Sony Pictures Animation: Reinventing How Toons Are Made", "Smurfs to get DVD 'mini-movie' next month", "Why Stephan Franck Was Drawn to Use Hand-drawn Animation on The Legend of Smurfy Hollow", "Classic Smurfs Return in 'Legend of Smurfy Hollow, "DVD Review: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow | Animation Scoop", The Smurfs and the Book that Tells Everything, Hanna-Barbera's 50th: A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration, The Headless Horseman Pursuing Ichabod Crane, Sleepy Hollow: Music from the Motion Picture, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Smurfs:_The_Legend_of_Smurfy_Hollow&oldid=979102249, Films based on works by Washington Irving, Works based on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 18 September 2020, at 19:58. It's unlikely that this comparison was not the intent. These segments are dimensional and seem to be the “real world,” as it were. Uh oh! The history of it, the colors of it, the spookiness of it a little bit, that's what was really great in this -- within the Smurfs' universe, to bring in ... a little bit of the mystery, which is in the books. As the story begins, Hefty, Clumsy, and Panicky are out in the forest at night with a cart full of smurfberries that has a broken wheel. It is separated by a big covered bridge between the Smurfs' forest and Smurfy Hollow itself. Gutsy, Brainy, and Smurfette work on a plan to get themselves out of their cages, and soon Gutsy swings his cage repeatedly until it bumps into Brainy's, which then bumps into Smurfette's, and the cages continue to bump into each other until Gutsy's and Brainy's cages break, freeing them. ", He also explained why he wanted to turn the film into a celebration of hand-drawn animation, saying: "You have to understand that I grew up reading the Smurfs. GIVEAWAY. He discovers that it's in a place called Smurfy Hollow, an area where the legendary Headless Horseman resides, where there's a secret patch of smurfberries growing plentifully.
They start running for their lives toward the covered bridge, which legends say is the only thing that keeps the Headless Horseman trapped in Smurfy Hollow. Realizing that he may be found out for cheating, Gutsy goes out into the forest alone to find Brainy, but is soon joined by Smurfette, who finds out from Gutsy that Brainy is in Smurfy Hollow.
", In September 2013, in an interview with The Huffington Post the director of the film, Stephan Franck, spoke about why they decided to use hand-drawn animation on the film, saying: "Don't get me wrong. Unable to fix the wheel, the three of them sit together around a campfire roasting smurfberries when Clumsy has the idea of telling a ghost story to pass the time. In Narrator's story, the Smurfs gather around for Papa Smurf to announce the Smurfberry Harvest contest in which the Smurfs who collect the most smurfberries will be awarded a medal. However, while Gutsy uses this opportunity to collect the smurfberries in the secret patch, Brainy finds himself walking into a trap set up by the evil wizard Gargamel. Narratorthen joins the three Smurfs to tell his own kind of ghost story. Which is why I really wanted to do this home premiere as a mostly hand-drawn production.
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