Member # 1345
posted 05-14-2008 02:13 PM
I knew certain Smurfs episodes were edited down in syndication, but didn't realize they did it to ALL of them. Okay, I'm not 100% certain it was ALL of them, but I have a pretty good idea that it was. The Masked Pie Smurfer episode, I have it from both the syndicated version from Cartoon Network and the original aired version on one of my two tapes that have survived from the 80s. After watching the syndicated version several times I realized there is a part missing. For some reason I just all of a sudden realized it. When I get a chance I'm going to have to look for the original tape and dig that out and digitize it. Since that is one of my all time favorite episodes, I'm happy to know that I have the original version.
Now the part that annoys me. The Sweepy Smurf episode, another of my all time favorite episodes. Sweepy is my favorite character and I was watching the syndicated version of Sweepy Smurf the other day when capturing it into my computer to make some screen captures. Keeping the cut version of the Masked Pie Smurfer in mind I closely watched the Sweepy Smurf episode to see if I can pick out any edits there. Now, my tape of the original airing of Sweepy Smurf had been gone since 1993 or so, just to let you know. At about the point where all the Smurfs were lining up to shake Sweepy's hand I realized they made a cut right there. You can tell by the background music, when it cuts to the next scene the music is cut off to a different tune. It was right then and there I realized which part was cut off.
I remember one of the Smurfs in line making a comment about how lucky they now felt after shaking Sweepy's hand and showing the palm of their hand covered in soot. I think that's what it was. What smurfs me off is the fact that there is a portion of the Sweepy Smurf episode cut out of syndication and this is the only episode that Sweepy ever appeared in. Just the mere thought that anything from the one and only episode that Sweepy appeared in was cut out just kills me. I really need to get the original version of the Sweepy Smurf episode. Since this is the sixth season, it will take FOREVER for it to be released to DVD at the slow rate they are going if they even get that far with releasing the rest of the Smurfs seasons. If anyone out there has the original version of Sweepy Smurf on tape I would really appreciate a copy.
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