I'm not an ardent Smurf fan, but the ads for the new movie by Raja Gosnell (aka the Michael Bay of family adaptations and stuff like 'Scooby-Doo' and 'Beverly Hills Chihuahua') have made me a bit nostalgic for the old Smurf episodes of the 80's. So much that I found myself perusing through a number of episodes this weekend. Some of them have proved to be rather cut-and-paste in their situations (I think every single one has at least one Smurf crying out for Papa Smurf's help to solve something). Some even had a little educational value (one told about breaking an addiction, and another mentioned sign-language). The series really hit the skids in its final season when a handful of the Smurfs found these time-travel crystals that whisked them into different time periods. Rather sad to think the characters never possibly made it home. It almost feels like they grabbed part of that seasonal arc for the film, when they whisk a handful of Smurfs into...NEW YORK CITY!? (why is it every other portal leads to New York City?) I can imagine the Smurfs fandom getting up in arms about that like those regarding Transformers: "A story about the Smurfs but told mainly with alot of humans!? It's called 'Smurfs, not 'Neal Patrick Harris!' Any other thoughts/comments/suggestions?