I ordered The Smurf's Holiday Celebration DVD to watch this Christmas season with my grandchildren and decided to watch it first. It is 48 minutes long and contains two stories; "The Smurfs' Christmas Special" and "Tis the Season to be Smurfy." My daughter used to love the Smurfs when she was growing up, so now her children can enjoy them as well.
"The Smurf's Christmas Special" finds the Smurfs busy preparing for Christmas, decorating their village and making Great Pudding, while Gargamel, as always, is busy thinking of ways to destroy the little blue folks. Along comes a horse and sleigh carrying two children and their grandfather. Their sleigh overturns, and the story's focus turns to the two lost children seeking help. The Smurfs find the frightened children and take them to their village where they share with them their presents, pudding, and songs. The children think Papa Smurf is Santa Claus. Gargamel teams up with an evil stranger to kidnap the children, but evil is thwarted when the Smurfs repeatedly sing the song "Goodness makes the badness go away." There is, of course, a happy ending.
The evil stranger, the kidnapping of the children, and a circle of fire that they are trapped in may be a bit scary for very young children, but I would say this show would be fine for ages 5 and up. For younger children, a parent might want to watch it with them to answer any questions about what is taking place.
In the second movie, "Tis the Season to be Smurfy", the Smurfs are again busy decorating their village for Christmas. Grandpa Smurf takes Sassette to the human village to see how they celebrate Christmas Eve, and they discover that not all humans are as "smurfy" as they should be, meaning some of them are bad. They discover an elderly puppet maker who has an ailing wife, and she has a wish of seeing Christmas elves. Grandpa Smurf and Sassette decide to find a way to make their Christmas Eve smurfier, but they have a hard time convincing the other Smurfs to take the time to help. Papa Smurf shows up to remind all the Smurfs that they shouldn't be so busy with their own holiday preparations that they fail to see that there are people who have greater needs. And so the entire Smurf clan trudges their way through a snow storm to bring Christmas cheer to the old couple. An evil thief causes a mixup that almost gets the old couple arrested, but the thief is convinced by the Smurfs that giving is better than taking.
Again, I would suggest this movie for ages 5 and up unless you watch it with them. The story line is a little too fast paced and complicated for children younger than that. Both movies share the values of helping those in need, sharing what you have with others, and caring for those less fortunate.