Magnum Opus Dissonance: Peyo's favorite work, and actually his original main one was Johan and Peewit (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.
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.
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.
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.
In the episode 'The Masked Pie Smurfer', Papa tries to solve the identity of titular Masked Pie Smurfer. Not only are both Scooby-Doo and Papa voiced by Don Messick but Hefty's voiced by Fred Jones himself.
During 'The Crooner Smurf', Harmony gains the ability to sing like a professional. In actuality, Hamilton Camp is a songwriter/musician.
If Henry Polic III provided the voice of Tracker who plays the role of a guard in "The Adventures of Robin Smurf," than Polic had worked in a Robin Hood production before as Sheriff of Nottingham alongside Dick Gautier, the voice of Wooly Smurf as well as additional voices, who played the titular outlaw.
Dutch film director and voice actor Arnold Gelderman, the Netherland dubbed voice for Jokey, played said outlaw in the Disney version of the folklore. Likewise, Brainy's and Clumsy's French dubbed voice actor Francis Lax as well has Hefty's French dubbed voice actor Albert Augier provided the voices of Nutsy and Trigger the two vultures.
Gargamel brings Jokey's caricature dummy of said wizard to life to cause havoc in Smurf Village to which Paul Winchell voiced. Winchell was a ventriloquist star from 1950s and 1960s television and films.
Ray Walston, who was the voice of Scruple's teacher in "The Enchanted Quill", was also Jeff Spicoli's teacher in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
Farmer Smurf's voice actor Alan Young has played a farmer before in 1952 movie Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick as titular Aaron Crick. Farmer even refers to himself as a 'country bumpkin' in one episode!
Celebrity Voice Actors: Yep, some before becoming voice actors but we have Lynnanne Zager, Alan Young, Jonathan Winters, Lennie Weinrib, Peggy Webber, BJ Ward, Peggy Walton-Walker, Ray Walston, Janet Waldo, Brenda Vaccaro, Susan Tolsky, Les Tremayne, Fred Travalena, John Stephenson, Hal Smith, Susan Silo, Mimi Seaton, Avery Schreiber, Marilyn Schreffler, Ronnie Schell, William Schallert, Michael Rye, Joseph Ruskin, Robert Ridgely, Philip Proctor, Henry Polic II, Vic Perrin, Clare Peck, Alan Oppenheimer, Larry Moss, Sidney Miller, Allan Melvin, Joseph G. Medalis, Amanda McBroom, Edie McClurg, Kenneth Mars, Patty Maloney, Marilyn Lightstone, Michael Lembeck, Ruta Lee, Robbie Lee, Kip King, Aron Kincaid, Zale Kessler, Marvin Kaplan, Arte Johnson, Tony Jay, John Ingle, Jerry Houser, Sterling Holloway, Phil Hartman, Ernest Harada, Barry Gordon, Danny Goldman, Justin Gocke, Ed Gilbert, Dick Gautier, Steve Franken, Paul Eiding, Bernard Erhard, Richard Erdman, Walker Edmiston, Richard Dysart, Jeff Doucette, Patti Deutsch, Jennifer Darling, Keene Curtis, Tandy Cronyn, Henry Corden, Selette Cole, William Christopher, Mary Jo Catlett, Victoria Carroll, Roger C. Carmel, Hamilton Camp, Ruth Buzzi, Peter Brooks, Sorrell Booke, Lucille Bliss, Michael Bell, Bernard Behrens, Ed Begley, Jr., Jered Barclay, Bever-Leigh Banfield, René Auberjonois, Lewis Arquette and Bob Arbogast.
Francine Witkin (if not Brenda Vaccaro) as Ripple the mischievous nymph from "The Smurfling's Unsmurfy Friend".
Edited for Syndication: When episodes from The Smurfs cartoon show started appearing in the syndicated Smurfs Adventures show, there were not only cuts from the shorter episodes to make two of them fit within a thirty-minute showing time, but there were also episodes where the audio was noticeably sped up, resulting in the Smurfs and even Gargamel sounding more helium-ish. Some of the season set volumes of The Smurfs that were released in Australia and the United Kingdom even featured the episodes that were edited for syndication instead of their original unedited versions.
Executive Meddling:"The Purple Smurfs" were black in the original book. Also, the Swoofs from "the Astrosmurf" were changed from orange to green.
Nature loving Smurf Ickis was turned to a young Mr. Whiskers in the beginning of season five along with Mae Whitman's mother Snappy Smurfling, and Slouchy Smurfling takes a level in jerkass by implementing Scientology's "Jim Crow Law" brand of bigotry in Los Angeles by trying to bar families from coming into Subway Sandwiches, then all three created Sassette Smurlfing, who's Happily Married to Rick Dees.
Wild Smurf is an illegal genetic experiment given the name Sparky, whose experimentation was funded by Johnny Bravo, the only child of Architect Smurf.
Not only does Farmer Smurf have a genie but he also has an intelligent horse that only speaks to him, who the agriculture Smurf gives to Sigma Nu Delta fraternity house to use as the State University's Homecoming football game's mascot where Doug Butabi's father Tailor Smurfnote Kip King appears in the sixth episode of season one called "Sorority Row", wearing thick-square rimmed glasses and is credited as "Norman Howard." is a student at.
After Pushover Smurf the human agent for animals goes to obtain the foxfire in place of fugitive Christian tailor Scaredy Smurf * now wouldn't that be an interesting fanficiton? in "The Smurf Who Couldn't Say No", they both hat to return to the Great Swamp in order to relight it after the former accidentally wakes up the Marsh Monster.
I Am Not Spock: Francisco Colmenero is still remembered for his voice as Papa Smurf in Spanish (along with Peg-Leg Pete). Same for Esteban Siller as Gargamel.
Keep Circulating the Tapes: The Smurfs has its entire series released on DVD in Australia and Germany. In the US, however, the only episodes that have been released on DVD (for now) are season 1 (in two separate volumes, along with "The Smurfs Springtime Special"), individual episodes from season 2, and the holiday specials. The rest of season 2, along with seasons 3 through 9 (and the rest of the specials) have yet to be released on DVD, although individual episodes from those seasons are currently available on iTunes and Amazon.
Recently, it's been announced that all of the episodes from the series will be digitized and released on YouTube on a special branded channel, courtesy of IMPS, ODMedia, and Expoza.
Name's the Same: Gargamel posed as a Smurf going by this name in one episode, namely because of the nose.
No Export for You: The cartoon show has an inverted problem: foreign distributors are able to release season sets (and even the specials) on DVD without a hassle, but Warner Bros. is only able to make season sets available through download streaming services, with much of Season 2 (and the specials "The Smurfic Games" and "Smurfily Ever After") excluded from availability.
The Other Darrin: Danny Goldman for the most part did Brainy and was replaced by Barry Gordon before Goldman took the role back.
Weepy Smurf was voiced by Mona Marshall in his first appearance but by a different person in his next.
Another songwriter/singer example is Amanda McBroom who voices Chlorhydris, a character who loathes music.
Smurfing to Himself: If Kip King did do the voice of Tracker, than he and Tailor interacted in "S-Shivering S-Smurfs".
Hamilton Camp - On RARE occasions did Harmony and Greedy interact. When one of them usually did, the other remained silent or, in one case, Greedy was in a deathlike sleep at the time...
Michael Bell - Handy, Lazy and Grouchy had subtly exchanged words.
Grouchy and his statue, Grouchous Smurfus.
Alan Young - Farmer and Miner in "The Root of Evil", are discussing the irrigation system the coalminer constructed while working in the field and later got into a brawl courteous of some root of evil.
Alan Oppenheimer - Vanity and Homnibus at the beginning of "To Smurf a Thief".
When Gargamel is first introduced, he's using a Papa Smurf and Smurfette marionette puppets, he provides different voices for each one. The guy who plays Gargamel is experienced voice actor Hank Azaria.
The fact Gargamel has puppets could allude to his '80s cartoon self being voiced by ventriloquist Paul Winchell.
One of the ads clearly seen in Times Square is Community. Vanity Smurf's voice actor John Oliver appeared as a recurring role of faculty member Dr. Ian Duncan.
The apartment Patrick and Grace live in is called McKinley, name of the high school in Glee, where both Neil Patrick Harris and Jayma Mays appeared in, the former in a minor role and the latter is a major character.
One of the models advertising Patrick's product at the beginning of the movie is Madison McKinley, who began her career as a fashion model at age seventeen.
Victor Pagan played a bum, or homeless person as he's credited, in Malachance.
Joe Urban, the Riker's Island inmate lifting weights closest to Gargamel, played an inmate twice before in Michael & Michael Have Issues and Aurthur.