Very rare original Australian Daybill movie poster. The Smurfs and the Magic Flute is a 1976 Belgian animated film starring the Smurfs, directed by their creator, Peyo. Though the film premiered in 1976 in Belgium, and 1979 in the United Kingdom, an English language version was not released in the United States until 1983, in the wake of the characters' new found popularity. The American version of the movie premiered alongside the Inspector Gadget episode, "Quimby Exchange". Although the Smurfs play a major part in the film, they do not appear until 35 minutes into the film. The film, set in the Middle-Ages, mainly surrounds Johan and Peewit, a young squire and his jester sidekick. The Smurfs and the Magic Flute grossed over US$19 million. The film's success led to the creation of Clubhouse Pictures, Atlantic's children's film division.