Nightmare Fuel: The Smurfs
For the comic books:
- The Smurfs had their share of creepy adventures. Like The Black Smurfs, where the Smurfs were being turned into evil black versions of themselves that could say nothing but "G'nap!", and bit each other on the tail to spread the infection.
- Worse was the ending of The Black Smurfs. Papa Smurf had been bitten. The only reason anyone was cured was cartoon physics, with the fire spreading the antidote as a gas rather than diluting and burning it on the ground. Otherwise they'd all still be that way.
- The worst thing about the Black/Purple Smurfs is unlike the zombies they're loosely based on, they aren't mindless. One of the transformed Smurfs intentionally paints itself blue to make itself look like it's been cured, allowing it to spread the infection in safety. Trying to stop The Virus is bad enough, but having said virus be smart enough that it can counter your lines of defense is so much more chilling.
- Oh that is just the tip of the iceberg. The Black/Purple Smurf plague has happened before. Papa Smurf had a book chronicling the disease in exquisite detail, down to a rather vivid color illustration of the source, the "purple fly." In fact, the only detail missing was the cure which Smurfette discovered completely by accident. There are several chilling implications to this. 1.) The person who wrote that book, witnessing the event first hand, may have had to abandon village with a small group of Smurf survivors, leaving the book as a cautionary tale. Which could mean there's an entire population of "G'naps" out there somewhere. 2.) There are other purple flies in existence, which means The Virus can strike again at any time, especially as there's no acquired immunity. (Near the end of the episode, cured Smurfs would be reinfected even as their neighbors were curing others.) 3.) The Virus learns from its mistakes and mishaps, which means that even if 1.) did not occur because the Smurfs were cured without understanding why (ie, a large batch of that flower pollen just happened to blow through the village for no discernible reason), should the Purple Fly strike again, the new G'naps may just start seeking out and destroying this flower before moving in on Smurf village. To wit, while Papa Smurf and the Smurfs got more and more desperate, trying all sorts of random things just to see what works, the G'naps were watching, waiting, and planning. They only attacked en masse when word got out that a cure exists, and the G'nap that painted itself blue? Hefty who could wrestle a G'nap to standstill before he got bitten and turned. How tough are the G'naps? It took three Smurfs to subdue Clumsy while he was tangled in his own net. Which means that even if Smurfs were able to get close enough to figure out he was just faking being cured, he could easily subdue and turn them.
- In regards to the Purple Smurfs mentioned below, according to this site, in the original Belgian comic, the Smurfs turned black. No, really. Try wrapping your mind around all of that.
For The Smurfs and the Magic Flute:
- Go here.
For the Hanna Barbera cartoon:
- Aside from the occasionally creepy "groupthink" vibe common in cartoons during The '80s, The Smurfs had their share of creepy adventures. Like the episode where the Smurfs were being turned into evil purple versions of themselves that could say nothing but "G'nap!", and bit each other on the tail to spread the infection. Or the Christmas Special where they rescue 2 children and Gargamel from an evil wizard, who conjures a wall of fire around himself, the kids, and the Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain, only to fade away screaming in defeated despair under the Smurfs' repeated singing of a sappy holiday song. The ending to the 'G'nap!' episode looked bleak as even Papa Smurf had been bitten. The only reason anyone was cured was cartoon physics, with the fire spreading the antidote as a gas rather than diluting and burning it on the ground. Otherwise they'd all still be that way.
- There's also the episode "All Work and No Smurf", in which overworked Smurfs begin to transform into various inanimate objects. Talk about And I Must Scream. They still had mouths and spoke, which makes it worse.
- The episode where Brainy Smurf gets turned into a monstrous Werewolf-Smurf creature from a scratch from a magical plant.
- Whatever you do, don't say "Kaplowey"! It'll make whatever you're pointing at vanish. People included. (At the end, using the word on the magic scroll that empowers it reverses the effect and things begin reappearing...but a) who knows what dangerous things it might have been used on? and b) sooner or later the scroll will reappear too!
- First episode of season four, "Scary smurfs". Monster children abduct few smurfs as part of school project and turn them in monsters. It all turns out well at the end, but it is still very disturbing.
- Gargamel's goals were, originally, to either eat the smurfs in order to gain immortality, or use an alchemical formula to turn them all into gold. So, on one hand, he's trying to devour a sapient race for his own selfish goals, and on the other, he's trying to commit wholesale genocide to line his own pockets.
For the 2011 movie:
- Seeing Papa Smurf suffer while Gargamel is zapping him is a little unsettling. Smurfette calling his name doesn't help. Also, the scene where Gargamel starts capturing the Smurfs.
For Smurfs 2:
- Go here.