The Smurfs

It had to happen in 2011, The Smurfs make it as the next big movie to hit the screens this summer. For years The Smurfs have been loved by generation after generation, but now they make it to the big screen again. We say again as in 1976 they made it with the The Smurfs and the Magic Flute 

 

Cartoonist Pierre Culliford (known to the world as Peyo) debuted the Smurfs in 1958 in Belgium’s Le Journal de Spirou. The rest is Smurf history.

The 2011 Smurf movie has some famous names providing voices to each Smurf. Actors used include Jonathan Winters as Papa Smurf, George Lopez as Grouchy, Alan Cumming as Gutsy and Katy Perry as the voice of Smurfette.

As cheesy as many of the lines are, there’s a certain self-deprecating humor about “The Smurfs.” The movie pokes fun at the Smurfs’ trademark “la-la” singing, their personality-based names and their use of the word “Smurf” in almost every conversation.

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The Smurfs

The Smurfs Movie 2011

But it was clearly done with a knowledge and love of the characters and their creator, Peyo, the beloved Belgian cartoonist. But that cleverness is marred by toilet-humor scenes that feel shoehorned in just to get the film a PG rating.

Smurf Memories

Do you remember the original 1983 Smurf Lunch Box from King Seeley Thermos

How about the Smurfs original movie in 1976 The Smurfs and the Magic Flute

Everything went Smurf in the 1980s – they were on cereals, gas, adverts, chocolate bars, you name it the world went Smurf-itus Perhaps the most memorable feature of the show was the use of the word “smurf” in every possible tense and construction. For instance, it wouldn’t be unusual to hear a Smurf remark something like, “It’s such a smurfy day, I think I’ll go smurfing in Lake Smurf.”

But right back in 1958 you could see the Smurfs growing in popularity, but only in the 1980’s did the Smurf-mania take a grip. Even Smurf dolls became collectable from Schleich, Applause and Irwin

 

 

 

1 thought on “The Smurfs

  1. as a child of the 80s that grew up watching and loving the smurfs, i cant say that i was really happy about this movie. i started reading reviews all over the internet and they just basically confirmed what i already thought, that this movie isnt all that great. but I do have a mind of my own and will still watch the movie and give it a fair chance and come to my own conclusion. i already have the original smurfs on dvd (there are like 6 different dvds. some have 20 episodes on them, some have 10 and some have 5. i wish they would just release ALL the episodes onto one set) anyways, just today i saw a little girl in the mall clutching a stuffed papa smurf! i got very nostalgic and i just think its so cool how classic, iconic and timeless the smurfs have become. long live the smurfs!!!!!!!!

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