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Trivia: The Smurfs

The Smurfs are the Trope Smurfers for

For the franchise in general:

  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Peyo's favorite work, and actually his original main one was Johan and Pewitt (Johan and Pirlouit in its original French title)... But, one day, in one of this series' album, appeared a certain band of little blue creatures. They were intended to be one-shot characters, but quickly became Ensemble Darkhorses... And from then, The Smurfs (Les Schtroumpfs) became the single most remembered work of Peyo.
  • What Could Have Been: There was a Smurfs educational game called Smurf Play & Learn advertised by Coleco that would have been released for the ColecoVision, as well as Smurfette's Birthday and Papa Smurf's Treasure Hunt, none of which were ever worked on.

For the comic books:

  • Cash Cow Franchise: Thanks to Hanna-Barbera.
  • Creator Backlash: Peyo was quite sorry that the Smurfs became so popular he couldn't concentrate as much on his other series.
  • Executive Meddling: When Papercutz translated 'The Black Smurfs' comic book into English, they changed the plague ridden Smurfs to purple based on the cartoon adaptation to avoid unfortunate implication
    • Even earlier in a Random House publication of Smurfery in "Romeo And Smurfette," where the black paint Jokey uses to disguise himself as a Black Smurf to play a prank on somebody was changed to green (and now purple in the Papercutz reprint).
    • And like the cartoon adaptation, Papercutz changed the Swoof's skin colors from orange to green of the original comic book story "The Astro Smurf," also for the same reasons.
  • Name's the Same
    • Chef Smurf and Baker Smurf were sometimes referred to by each other's names in earlier comics, but later comics, as well as the live-action movies, showed the two to be different characters.
    • Sculptor Smurf and Tailor Smurf in the original French. Which makes for a few confusing scenes when Papa Smurf calls for one and the other appears. (This isn't completely consistent, though, so it's possible that he eventually got tired of the miscommunications and changed his name.) Averted in the English translation of The Smurflings, where he is simply referred to as Smurf.
  • No Export for You: Papercutz has been starting to publish Smurfs comic books that haven't seen an English translation for years.
  • Outsmurfed Its Creator: Peyo's son continues to write the stories, with other artists doing the cartoon work.

For the 1976 film "The Smurfs And The Magic Flute" by Belvision Studios:

For the Hanna-Barbera cartoon animated series:

For Smurf: Rescue In Gargamel's Castle:

For the 1994 videogame released by Infogrames:

  • No Export for You: Except for the Gameboy version, this game never saw a full American release.

For The Smurfs Travel The World video game:

For the Live Action/CGI 2011 film released by Sony Pictures:

For animated feature The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol

For the Live Action/CGI 2013 sequel released by Sony Pictures:

For The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow:


alternative title(s): Smurf Rescue In Gargamels Castle; The Smurfs 1994
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