Monthly Archives: December 2013

The History Of The 1980s Cartoon Classic, The Smurfs

If you remember the 1980s, you may remember the classic cartoon series, The Smurfs. What you may not realise, however, that the series started as a comic series back in the late 1950s. The Belgian artist Peyo came up with the little blue creatures that lived in mushrooms and dubbed them Smurfs as a result of a dinner with fellow cartoonist Andre Fraquin, who aided in the invention of the word. All of the Smurf characters were based on adjectives that emphasized their characteristics. Brainy Smurf, for example, was smart, while Angry Smurf appeared to be mad all the time.

The Smurfs Hit The Big Screen

The lovable 1980s cartoon series, the Smurfs, transferred to the big screen in 2011 with the first of what may be three films starring the funny blue characters. The first film, titled The Smurfs, was released in July of 2011, and was successful enough to warrant a sequel that was released two years later. The initial film tells the story of the Smurfs getting lost in New York City and trying to find a way back before their arch-nemesisĀ Gargamel catches them. Gargamel wishes to use the Smurfs in order to make gold out of lead and the upstanding Smurfs will have none of that.