It's Smurf Day!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007
On this day in 1958, the Smurfs were introduced to the world. I’m sure you’ve all had this marked on your calendars for quite some time, haven’t you? The Smurfs were pretty popular when I was a youngster. Even my dad liked to watch them. I remember getting up early on Saturday mornings to watch cartoons and those little blue half naked oddities from the Middle Ages were one of my faves (along with Dungeons and Dragons, of course). Looking back on the show, it’s almost like a bad acid trip (not that I’d know)… It always struck me as odd that their village was entirely male until the appearance of Smurfette, one of Gargamel’s creations which didn’t turn out quite as he had planned. I’m sure people would have a field day with this if they were still around today (are they still around?). Brainy Smurf was always one my favourites. I love a man with big…brains. Papa Smurf, on the other hand, was a bit too creepy for my liking.

Alongside the cartoons, action figures, movies, and theme parks, there’s a darker side to the Smurfs - rumors of those little blue imps being linked to Satanism or even being used by their creator to spread Communism. You can click here to learn more. Another little tidbit you might not be aware of, especially for North American audiences: In 2005, a UNICEF commercial aired in Belgium featuring the Smurfs urging viewers “Don’t Let War Affect the Lives of Children”. You can view it below. Warning – some scenes are not suitable for small Smurflets. Smurf discretion is advised…


Have a Smurftastic day! I now can’t get that damn la, la, la, song out of my head…ARRRGGGHHH!

7 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

While never a smurf fan (I always found them creepy), I have gained a new appreciation for them via their rather frequent appearances on Robot Chicken. The fact that I watch Robot Chicken probably says more about me than I am comfortable revealing.

scout said...

no no no!!!!! i thought those dead looking things with blue skin would go away after my daughter grew out of them!!!! ahhhhhh, i couldn't stand them.....lucky for our daughter my husband would watch it with her. ew, yuck!

sorry. smurfs always send me into a rant.

SME said...

Yeah! Long live the Smurfs! One of my fondest memories is of shaking the hand of a giant Smurf at the Ice Capades. Satanic or not, I love the li'l blue...whatever they are. Homonculi, I guess.

Did you ever see the Smurf version of "Se7en" on Robot Chicken? Sick but hilarious.

Red said...

I'm with Scout on this one. I find the Smurfs (we call them "Puffi" in Italy) spooky as hell!

Sheamus the... said...

ha ha...Puffi. I hoe they are satanic...makes em that much more interesting.

ems said...

I'd forgotten all about Smurfs. Used to love watching them on the weekend.

Gardenia said...

Great post - of course I remember the smurfs - the little varmits took over all the toy store shelves, Christmas lists...........they hid in my closets and under my sofa - everywhere, smurfs.

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