The Smurfs – – Peyo’s lovable little blue imps — are turning 50 this year, and it’s going to be a worldwide celebration!
Their debut on U.S. television in 1981 started their global rise to stardom and made the Smurfs a household name. A Smurf is a Pitufo in Spanish, a Schlumpf in German, Nam Ching Ling to the Chinese, a Sumafa in Japan and Dardassim in Hebrew.
“I think that if he could see all that has been done with his characters since his death and the success and interest that the Smurfs still attract, he would be very, very, very, very happy and very proud,” said Peyo’s son, Thierry Culliford.
Events this year include a 3-Danimated movie, new comic book collections (including an American licensing program), a remastered release of the popular 1980s television animated series, and the introduction of more female Smurfs, according to various news reports.
Our own Smurf-ebration includes the fact that when you Google Image the word Smurf you come up with lots and lots of this:
And our “favorite” Smurf moment remains this UNICEF-created (and officially sanctioned) anti-war spot that shows the true pain or war: