"Fellow Smurfs! Never in the field of smurfing conflict will so much be smurfed by so many to so few! We shall smurf on to the end, we shall smurf on the seas and oceans, we shall smurf in the air, we shall defend our smurf, whatever the smurf may be, we shall smurf on the beaches, we shall smurf on the smurfing grounds, we shall smurf in the hills! Or else!"
In the Papercutz English translation of "The Astro Smurf", Astro Smurf says "to infinity and smurf!" as he begins to take off in his smurfship.
In "The Jewel Smurfer", Hefty, Grouchy and Greedy enact a play where the three respectively dress as Ganelon, the Thief of Abelagot, and Duke of Abelagot with Jokey playing himself and Brainy narrating about a thief and a traitor to expose them is the Smurf version of The Murder of Gonzago play, similar to the circumstances of the previous King's death that Hamlet asks a traveling troupe of actors to perform in order to prove his uncle is guilty of murder.
At the beginning, Hefty and Smurfette are rehearsing their roles as Romeo and Juliet, though it's more like Hefty's horribly singing to Smurfette on the balcony, who's begging him to stop.
Poet is tied down by little people on the cover of "The Smurfs And The Pilus".alternate Titular Pilus that tie down Poet are based on the Lilliputians
One of the Smurfs that gets magically turned into a monster in "Halloween Costumes Not Required!" looks like Marsupilami.
After Nat points to a tree full of apples in "The Smurfs Halloween", Snappy explains it magically grows fruit all year around courteously of a witch living in the forest to Nat suggest they may be poisonousapples.
In order to look for the Smurflings in the dark at the end, Gargamel and the witch summons a character named Jack O'Lantern. "Jack O'Lantern" derives from an old folklore told in different variations across Western Europe from the mid-19th century similar to the story of Will-o'-the-wisp where lazy yet shrew Farmy Stingy Jack who used a cross to trap Satan.
"Où Se Schtroumpfe..." is based on Where's Waldo/Wally? where the subject is finding a particular Smurf character hidden within a densely-packed scene of Smurfs.
"Doctor Smurf" is heavily inspired by Jules Romains' well-known play Dr. Knock.
In the English translation of "The Smurfs And The Booglooboo", Gargamel tells the bird, "Back off, Booglooboo," when it ends up chasing after him.
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Johan's jousting tournament opponent, given the name Lord Spottlebottom in the United States dub, is known as "The Black Knight" in both English dubbed versions that's a literary Stock Character, often contrasted to the white knight.
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Pun Based Episode Titles
"Bewitched, Bothered And Be-Smurfed" = could be based on show tune and popular song "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," from Rodgers and Hart's 1940 musical Pal Joey.
When Greedy's back in bed, now a fiddle courteously of Hogatha's amulet Smurfette found granting her wish for Greedy "to be fit as a fiddle," he's playing a (scratchy) chord of "Go To Sleep Little Baby".
Turning herself into a frog with little magic she has left, Hogatha runs into Smurfette and explains that she was once a beautiful princess until a wicked witch turned her into a frog and only needs a kiss from a Smurf to cure her.
After Smurfette wishes Grouchy to cheer up, he says "Wocka Wocka" three or four times until the spell breaks and he ends it with "Good. I hate 'wocka wocka.'"
"Smurfs At Sea":
Dreamy quotes a variant of Neil Armstrong's "that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind by saying "one small step for Smurf, one giant leap for smurfkind!"
Throughout the episode, Scaredy keeps saying "the sky is smurfing!" like how Henny Penny, also known as Chicken Licken or Chicken Little, says the prominently featured phrase through the folk tale.
Papa calls the erupting volcano "Mount Saint Smurf," likely referring to Mount Saint Helens that erupted in 1980.
"The Stuff Dreams Are Smurfed Of" = a quote talking about dreams, the most famous modern use of the phrase responsible for much of its popularity was at the end of The Maltese Falcon where the lead hardboiled detective paraphrased a much older expression dating back to William Shakespeare in regards to the titular falcon statue which turns out not to be of great value:
"And, like this insubstantial pageant faded, Leave not a wrack behind, We are such stuff as dreams are made of And our little life is rounded with a sleep".
"Speak For Yourself, Farmer Smurf": The episode takes elements from 1897 French play by Edmond Rostand with each Smurf presented in the episode playing a specific part of a character:
Farmer as Cyrano de Bergerac where both fall for a woman they love but are afraid to express it because of their insecurities. For Cyrano, it's his ridiculously oversized nose and Farmer doesn't think anybody can love a 'country bumpkin'. Farmer also has shades of Baron Christian de Neuvillette, a young cadet who also falls for the same woman Cyrano is crushing on. Like Christian, Farmer uses Poet for his poetry aspect and the fact he uses Vanity's "beauty" to be attractive.
Smurfette as Madeleine "Roxanne" Robin, the cousin of Cyrano and the one he and Christian, as well as Comte de Guiche, falls in love with.
Papa as Let Bred, an old friend of Cyrano hence both talk about love to Farmer/Cyrano.
Poet as Cyrano, hence he wrote a poem for Farmer much like how Cyrano wrote a poem for Christian and both are poets in their own right.
Grouchy delivers the letter Poet wrote for Farmer to Smurfette like how Christian gives the poem of Cyrano to Roxanne, however, Smurfette believes it to be from a secret admirer whilst Roxanne believes Christian wrote the poems and Cyrano is simply delivering them.
Vanity has a small part of Christian for helping Farmer with being more charming and sophisticated.
Handy shares a small part of Christian as well hence he constructed a "beauty" mask in order to disguise Farmer.
Only major difference is unlike the play where there's a Love Triangle and the fact almost all the male Smurfs usually swoon over Smurfette, Farmer is basically alone trying to get her affection.notification Special thanks to Fan de Basil de Baker Street for his help.
"Fowl Feathered Fiend": In order to get the egg to hatch, the Smurflings have Grouchy sit on the egg.
At the end, the Smurfs are having a beach party where they're "lala"ing to the beat of "Aloha 'Oe," Hawaii's most common leitmotif.
"Wild And Wooly": There's a sheepdog that looks an awfully like Sam Sheepdog and not only does a wolf show up, but Gargamel and Azrael disguises themselves as sheep in order to capture Wooly Smurf and the Smurflings, much like one of the ways Ralph the wolf tries to steal the sheep Sam is watching over.
"No Smurf Is An Island" = "no man is an island", from the famous line "no man is an island" from a 1694 prose written by John Donne.
"All The Smurf's A Stage" = "all the world's a stage", a phrase beginning a monologue spoken by Jaques from scene seven of act two of As You Like It:
"All the world's a stage'' And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts..".
Toward the end of the episode, Grandpa says "... the show must go on," that's not only an idiom meaning in event or activity must continue even if there are problems or difficulties.
Upon investigating a noise backstage of the theatre, Brainy gets into a quick false mirror trick with Timid.
"Calling Dr. Smurf" = the announcements of "Calling Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard" from The Three Stooges' short Men In Black.
Possibly based on KISS' 1976 song "Calling Dr. Love".
"Can't Smurf The Music" = "Can't stop the Music", a 1980 song by The Village People and the name of The Village People's musical comedy feature film coming out the same year that's a pseudo-biography which only bears a vague resemblance to the actual story of the group's formation.
"Sing A Song Of Smurflings" = based on well-known English nursery rhyme "Sing a Song of Sixpence" probably originating in the 18th century.
The Smurflings have taken "Beasty" the Savage Beast home with their music, said savage beast won't let them leave, wanting the four to play for him forever:
Beasty: You Beasty's new band now! Call you Beastly Boys... and Girl!
"All The News That's Fit To Smurf" = parody of The New York Times famous slogan "All the News That's Fit to Print" first introduced in 1896.
Fictional newspaper "The Smurf Tattler" parodies student newspaper The Tattler.
"The Last Laugh" note Original name of black-and-white 1924 German silent film Der letzte Mann, which is translated as The Last Man where Director F.W. Murnau and screenwriter Carl Mayer originally wanted the film to end with the death of the doorman at the bathroom. Executives at UFA pressed them to conjure up a happy ending before the film's premiere in order to maximize its economic potential. Annoyed by this, Murnau and Mayer created a cynical epilogue, showing the doorman having inherited from an eccentric hotel guest, who bequeathed his entire estate to the last person seen before he died. The executives also pressed the artists to change the film's title from The Last Man to The Last Laughter.
When preparing to make Grouchy laugh with a funny face, Jokey makes an equivalent Groucho Marx mask.
"Supersmurf" note Brainy wears glasses like Superman's everyday identity, Clark Kent, and dons a cape. The only difference is Brainy is vision-impaired so has to wear glasses and the spell for strength and flight he uses only lasts two hours whilst Superman was born with it.
Brainy as Prince John devising a plan to capture Robin by having an archery tournament like in the 1973 film version as well as the short lived 1975 television series.
At one point, Vanity says "And tell Prince John, until King Richard returns, Robin Smurf and his Merry Smurfs will fight him to ensure truth, justice and the smurfy way!"
Smurf Cast: Vanity as Robin Hood (er, Robin Smurf); Hefty as Little John; Greedy as Friar Tuck; Brainy as Prince John; Clumsy as the Sheriff of Nottingham-er-Nottingsmurf; Poet and Harmony as Merry Men- er, Smurfs; Tracker, Lazy, and Sloppy as guards; and Jokey as King Richard.
It also could be a reference to All Creatures Great and Small book by James Herriot, later adapted into a film.
Papa's comment "a leopard cannot change its spots" is a common phrase that comes from Jeremiah 13:23, which reads "Can an Ethiopian change his skin or a leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil."
There are elements based from Charles Dickens's second novel such as criminal Shedlock representing both Fagin, a character who teaches children to pickpocket, and his violent associate Bill Sikes, his protégé Kipper representing titular orphan Oliver Twist, Kipper trying but failing to steal Homnibus' bag/purse, just as Oliver stole a valuable from Mr. Brownlow, and deciding not to press criminal charges, both Homnibus and Mr. Brownlow takes the youth under his wing.
With a rope tied to the SS SMURF II, Painter and Vanity row the lifeboat in hopes to get the ship off the sandbar (Captain) Brainy standing at the bow is reminiscent of the George Washington crossing Delaware River◊ painting.
The cast: Brainy as Narrator; Hefty, Jokey, and Greedy as the three Smurfkateers (possibly equivalents of, respectively, Porthos (the strong one), Aramis (the cunning one), and Athos (the, well, only one left)); Clumsy as Clumsy Smurfingham (a cross between d'Artagnan and Romeo Montague); Smurfette as Smurfette Smurfington (the Juliet Capulet equivalent); Farmer as Lord Smurfingham; Painter as Baron Smurfington; Scaredy as Prince Scaredy (the equivalent of Count Paris); Handy as a priest.
Hefty meets a character named Lancealout in "Sir Hefty''".
The dragon from "The Cursed Country" is named Fafnir.
'Fafnir' also comes from Norse mythology, being the son of dwarf king Hreidmar and brother of Regin and Ótr.
Human toymaker Nicholas who delivers toys to children around Christmas Eve in "Baby's First Christmas" is an analog to Santa Claus.
The Pookies from "The Smurf Who Would Be King" are most likely expies of the Care Bears
The talking flowers in the Garden of Babylon from "Smurfette's Green Thumb" are similar to those from Alice in Wonderland.
Marco Smurf, from "Marco Smurf and the Pepper Pirates" is based on Marco Polo.
Like Odysseus, a captured Marco is enthralled by Marina's signing while tied to the mast of the Pepper Pirates' ship. And like Odysseus' crew, Handy, Brainy and Hefty have their ears covered with cotton so they aren't under Marina's spell.
The place the Smurfs rescue Marco is "Port Pepper," based on a city called "Port Royal" located at the end of the Palisadoes at the mouth of the Kingston Harbour, in southeastern Jamaica destroyed by an earthquake in 1907 after severe hurricanes regularly damaged it.
When Handy wishes on a star, he says "Star light, star bright, the first star I see tonight, I wish I may, I wish..". is a part of an English nursery rhyme that appeared in The Last Starfighter, I Dream of Jeannieepisode "Anybody Here Seen Jeannie", In The Navy, Star Trek: The Original Seriesepisode "The Conscience of the King" and Pinocchio as well as forming some of the lyrics to Madonna's song "Lucky Star" as well as forming the name and some lyrics of the "Star Bright, Star Lite" song by Syl Johnson.
The "Jolly Pepper" is obviously based on the "Jolly Roger".
Patchwork from 'The Patchwork Bear' being an animated toy bear made of patchwork is like Scraps, also known as "The Patchwork Girl".
Don Smurfo, as mentioned in "Don Smurfo" and physically appearing in "The Return Of Don Smurfo" and "Don Smurfo's Uninvited Guests", is a Smurf-version of Zorro with an Italian accent, even sharing the same name as Zorro's identity: Don Diego de la Vega.
He even shares a similar name if not title to hidalgo Don Quixote.
Leader of the Baby Bandits from "Sky High Surprise" is named Ali Baby although Ali Baba is the victim of the titular forty thieves contrary to belief. They even have a password to gain entry into their secret hideout. And much like Ali Baba's brother Kassim, Jokey tries to remember the password "Open goo-goo be!" (Jokey even says "open sesame" as well as "Open Smurfsame") to the Baby Bandits' hideout when making his escape. Only difference being Jokey succeeds and as for Kasim...
Introduced in "Smurf On The Wild Side", Wild Smurf is based on Tarzan even being raised by squirrels.
Hogatha's ancestor from "Hogapatra's Beauty Sleep" is named 'Hogapatra'.
Farmer's genie Gourdy from "Farmer's Genie", "Master Scruple" and "The Tallest Smurf" causing problems for his "mastuh" is like Fakrash the genie causing problems for his master Harold Ventimore and Harold's fiancée Sylvia Kenton in The Brass Bottle.
In "Peewit Meets Bigmouth", the name of King Turgon's son is 'Dax'.
The time travelling Jokey, Papa, Brainy, Smurfette, Handy, Greedy, Grouchy, Hefty, Lazy, Vanity, Painter, Clumsy, Baby, Snappy, Sassette, Grandpa, Wild and Smoogle running into identical ancestors of not only Gargamel, but Scruple, Azrael, Hogatha and Bigmouth during the duration of season nine like how MartyMcFly keeps running into a Biff Tannen look-alike ancestor each time he travels through time.
When the Smurfs go to the Arctic circle to obtain some pure water sample needed to restore power of the Long Life Stone in 'Smurfquest,' they encounter ice elemental guardian Jack Frost, the personification of frost and cold weather.
Dreamy's ship being called SS Smurf II'' (and its predecessor) alludes to steamships usually using the prefix designation SS, S.S. or S/S, one of the well-known ones being RMS Titanic.
In Painter's art exhibit from "Painter And Poet", he displays four Smurf versions of famous Western paintings: Arrangement in Grey and Black: Portrait of the Artist's Mother by James Abbot McNeil Whistler, The Blue Boy by Thomas Gainsborough, Portrait of King Henry VIII by an unknown follower of German Hans Holbein the Younger, and Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci.
Another The Frog Prince reference is at the beginning of "The Blue Plague", a frog comes to Papa and some other Smurfs picking berries, claiming to be a prince.
After the Smurfs and Flowerbell (who's responsible for getting Papa Smurf captured for Balthazar in exchange for her freedom) save Papa and freeing the caged wild animals from Balthazar in "Papa's Wedding Day", Flowerbell says "... if you can find it in your heart to forgive me, maybe you can come up and see me sometime" before flying off to parts unknown.
For most of "Gargamel's Quest", Brainy wears a deerstalker outfit.
In "The Littlest Witch", Papa sends Hefty, Smurfette, Painter and Scaredy to gather witchhazel, name of two different character voiced by June Foray who happens to voice Jokey.
Under the influence of the magic orb in "The Lure Of The Orb", Harmony gets his band to play faster, similar to a scene from Reefer Madness.
In "Handy's Sweetheart", at one point, Brainy says "east is east, west is west, and never the twain shall smurf". The phrase "never the twain shall meet" was used by Rudyard Kipling in his 1892 "Barrack-room ballads" meaning two things which are so different as to have no opportunity to unit:
"Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet".
After the Grimies' ship lands in the village during "The Bad Place", Harmony plays five notes to which the moon-like flying saucer responds back with the same notes are the same notes from Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
After breaking his friendship with Clumsy in "The Smurfiest Of Friends", Brainy approaches Harmony saying "Harmony Smurf! Let me entertain you" before being booted. "Let Me Entertain You" is a title of a song by British band Queen as well as from Gypsy: A Musical Fable.
In order to rescue Smurfette from marrying the imp, the Smurfs travel to Dreadful Hollow to collect a feather from the giant vulture (Hefty, Brainy, Jokey and Clumsy), fetch fire from the volcano (Handy, Vanity, Greedy and Lazy) and go get the fabled blue diamond from the cave (Papa, Harmony, Dreamy and Grouchy).
At the beginning of "Bigmouth Smurf," Gargamel chases Greedy, Harmony, Smurfette and Painter wearing four mechanical arms like Doc Ock.
The play the Smurfs are watching at the beginning of "The Fastest Wizard In The World" is Romeo and Juliet with Clumsy and Smurfette as the main leads doing the famous balcony scene.
Transforming herself into a young beautiful maiden in order to get the other earring from Gargamel from "The Magical Earrings", Hogatha flies out on her buzzard saying "Fly my pet! Fly, fly, fllly!" before crashing right into her castle.
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While riding on top the cab, Gutsy mistakes someone dressed as the Statue of Liberty for a green goblin and Smurfette mistakes another wearing an Elmo costume as a red troll.
The fact Gutsy mistakes said person in statue costume for a green goblin.
After Smurfette's line "This village is amazing Papa," they pass a McDonald's and another one is seen in the scene after Brainy says "blend in," right before we cut to the Winslow's apartment building.
The UNICEF organization based in New York is also seen, ya know, the one that used the cartoon opening theme for a public service announcement intending to raise consciousness effort of reforming childsoldiers in Burundi.note UNICEF can be spotted in the background little to the left from the middle point of the screen eighteen minutes, thirty seconds into the film, the words are blue and all lowercase.
Smurfette says "No Smurf left behind" while magically making two more magical crystals can allude to the shortened theme "Ohana means family. And family means no one gets left behind... or forgotten" from Lilo & Stitch. Hackus even says "Broken family!" when Smurfette breaks the glass holding her prisoner.
"No Smurf left behind" could also refer to the No Child Left Behind Act.
After Gargamel feeds Hackus, he waits for a "thank you" but gets a burp instead to which he accepts. Now who said burping was a compliment? (It actually IS in some cultures.)
Victor uses a lightsaber toy in order to swipe at the Smurfs who arrived at Grace and Patrick's apartment.
Clumsy does the crane pose after the klutz falls on the floor along with the iPad holding Gargamel's plans when he, Papa, Vanity and Grouchy are in said wizard's room.
After failing to get information on what Gargamel is staying in, Grace is not only still holding that L'EXPRESS weekly news magazine from the first scene in Paris but she notices and picks up a pamphlet advertising an Audrey Hepburn film festival that's coming to Paris before leaving.
Wearing a black sleeveless dress with high heels and hat, Grace returns to the hotel Gargamel's staying at, claiming to be his manager "Madame Doolittle" returning from her Roman holiday.
Hotel manager reveals the name of Gargamel's room as the "Napolèon Suite".
While trying to get to the fifth floor on the elevator, the assistant manager gets on and asks Grace if she has her key card:
Grace: I just... left it. I was having breakfast... at Tiffany'snote Also a song by Deep Blue Something.... and I left it there. I'll go back and get it".
As described two paragraphs above, Grace even wears a very similar dress to what Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Vanity mentions the Flying Wallendas when he is guessing what Smurfette has become in response to Clumsy saying "But you saw her Papa, she's one of them" in regards to the elder Smurf announcing they're gonna get Smurfette.
During Narrator's telling of how Smurfette came to be, Grouchy calls her a "Frankensmurf."
Grace giddily remarks "I'm like Meryl smurfin' Streep!" when explaining how she got the waiter's outfit from the Plaza Athènèe laundry room by claiming to be Audrey Hepburn's international apparel inspector granddaughter on a surprise visit.
Hackus saying "It burns!" when he hears Smurfette singing the theme tune cameo is a shout-out to vampires' weakness to holy symbols such as crosses.
Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti" (performed by Buckwheat Zydeco) is playing in the candy store.
As Patrick leaves the restaurant after saving duck-transformed Victor from being dinner along with freeing the other ducks:
During Grouchy's flatulence episode while taking a bath, Vanity asks "Great Smurf in heaven, what have you eaten?" to which the grouch says "It's okay! Every time a Smurf toots, someone smiles!" The line is a possible parody of the "[[It's a Wonderful Life... every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings]]" quote said by Zuzu Bailey.
Or a parody of a parody said by the Clown in Spawn.
As Gargamel plummets back to earth from the stratosphere, he's begging "Help me Wanda, help, help me Wanda!" which sounds like the repetitive chorus to The Beach Boys' "Help Me Rhonda" song.
About to push the button to start the Smurf Extractor, Gargamel says "One small step for wizards... one giant leap for me!" which is a variant of Neil Armstrong's "that's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind by saying "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind!"
The station that Nancy O'Dell appears talking about Gargamel captivating the world with his magic captivating the world has the initials ET, short for Entertainment Tonight.
The scene with Gargamel sending the taxi up in the air only for it to fall on him is on youtube.
How the released Smurf Essence streak through the Paris night sky is very reminiscent to the Aurora Borealis/Polar Aurorae, better known as the "Northern Lights".
As Papa, Vanity, Clumsy and Grouchy ride under the platter covers on a room service cart and become slimy briefly with snail and oyster juice, Grouchy says "it's all snork" as a snail in a shell sticks to his face.
When discussing about the animated feature's take on The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, director Stephan Franck states "We didn't want to do something pretty scary, like the Tim Burtonversion... ".
A drop of pumpkin goop from Brainy's shoe falls in front of the prowling Azrael, alerting the cat to Gutsy, Smurfette and the bespectacled Smurf trapped in cages above him is similar to what happened to Batman and Spider-Man. A severely beaten Batman hides from Detective Ellen Yin by hanging directly above her but as she walks away, a bead of sweat falls from Batman's head, dripping onto the sidewalk, causing Ellen to look up but Batman's already gone. As for Spidey, Peter returns home after a fight with the Green Goblin and has to cling onto his room's ceiling as Aunt May, Mary Jane Watson, Harry Osborne and Norman Osborne, Green Goblin's identity, investigate a noise in his room. As they leave, a drop of blood from the cut Peter receives from the aforementioned fight drips to the floor, catching Norman's attention. The man looks up, only for Peter to be gone, prompting him to look out the small balcony, to which Peter's hiding underneath.
How Gutsy begins swinging his cage back and forth is what happens to Joshamee Gibbs, Will Turner, Cotton, Marty and two other Black Pearl crew swing in the cages made of human bones in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. For Will and the others, it's to reach the face of a cliff they can climb up in order to escape and the Scottish Smurf is getting enough velocity to hit against the cage holding Brainy, which will bounce off Smurfette's cage in hopes to knocking them to the ground so they can escape.
According to Brainy, the Horseman can't cross the coveredbridge leading out of Smurfy Hollow.
Unable to pass the covered bridge, the Headless Horseman tosses his pumpkin head in order to get to Gargamel and Azrael safely inside the bridge much like how another Headless Horseman who's unable to pass church grounds claimed Baltus Van Tassel as his victim by snapping off a fencepost, ties it to a rope, throws it through the window like a spear and drags him out of said church.
The Smurfs 2, The Smurfs The Legend Of Sleepy Hollow, The Smurfs A Christmas Carol, The Smurfs And The Magic Flute