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Pun Based Story Titles
- "Romeo And Smurfette" (Original French title "Romeos et Schtroumpfette").
- "The Olympic Smurfs" (Original French title "Les Schtroumpfs Olympiques").
- "The Smurfic Games," which was the title of a special that appeared in season three of the Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, was the English title of a collection of sports-related one-page gags.
- There's a pop-up storybook published by Simon Spotlight called Smurfette and the Beast.
- "Smurfphony In 'C'": In the Hanna-Barbera animated version, the smurfphony melody is based on a gavotte by Beethoven.
- "The Order of the Smurfs" (original French title "Les Schtroumpfs De L'Ordre").
- There's a one-page Halloween gag entitled "Vanity Scare!"
- Matt Murray's essay in The Smurfs Anthology Volume 2 titled "Crisis On Infinite Smurfs".
- King Smurf's campaign speech in the original English translation of his self-titled story is full of this to various American politicians:"Fellow Smurfs! I'd like to begin by making one thing perfectly smurf. We have only one thing to smurf and that smurf is smurf itself, but our Smurfs will never smurf on foreign smurf, so ask not what your country can smurf for you but rather what you can smurf for your smurf. For all Smurfs were created equal and are entitled to smurf, liberty, and the pursuit of smurfness so the government of the Smurfs, by the Smurfs, for the Smurfs shall not smurf. A vote for me is a vote for Smurf!"
- And his rallying speech is a Shout-Out to Winston Churchill:"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!"
- And his rallying speech is a Shout-Out to Winston Churchill:
- 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.note
- 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.
- One of the antagonists is Ganelon, the treacherous false friend of the local lord (he kidnapped the lord son), who shares the name of one of the most famous traitors in medieval literature.
- Poet is tied down by little people on the cover of "The Smurfs And The Pilus".alternate
- 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 poisonous apples.
- 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.
- Among the costumes the Smurfs are seen wearing at the ball of the full moon in "The Reporter Smurf" are Supersmurf, Lucky Luke, Christopher Columbus, Sherlock Holmes, Robin Hood and possibly Davy Crockett (hence the hat).
- The Dragon Lake in "Smurf Heroes" references both Siegfried and Achilles' myths, both about invincibility-granting liquids. In Siegfried's case, the magic water is described as blood-like and comes from a dragon-like rock, thus being a family-friendly adaptation of the bath in dragon blood. In Achilles' case, when Scaredy Smurf bathes in the water, he leaves his tail out of the water, just like Achilles left his heel out, and Clumsy Smurf draws the comparison with Achilles' Heel right then.
- In the English translation of "The Smurfs and the Booglooboo", Gargamel tells the bird, "Back off, Booglooboo," when it ends up chasing after him.
For The Smurfs and the Magic Flute animated film adaptation:
- 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.
For the Hanna-Barbera cartoon:
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.
- At one point, Jokey quips famous quote "the only thing to fear is fear itself" from the thirty-second President of the United States's first inauguration speech.
- Hogatha drops Gargamel onto the ground after he yelled and kicked her out of his hovel:Hogatha: So, are you gonna help Hogatha help find her grandmother's locket?Gargamel: Yes, yes, yes.Hogatha: Well, this could be a start of a beautiful friendship.Gargamel: No, no, no!
- 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!"
- At one point, a whale swallows the ship whole, during a storm no less!
- When the Smurfs first try to escape inside the whale, Greedy's standing at the bow as the other Smurfs row is reminiscent of the George Washington crossing Delaware River◊ painting.
- Dreamy repeatedly says "boldly smurfing where no Smurf has smurfed before!"
- "The Sky Is Smurfing! The Sky Is Smurfing!":
- 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:Detective Tom Polhaus: (picks up titular falcon) Heavy. What is it?Sam Spade: The, uh, stuff dreams are made of.Detective Tom Polhaus: Huh?
- "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
- "Fowl Feathered Fiend": In order to get the egg to hatch, the Smurflings have Grouchy sit on the egg.
- "Beauty Is Only Smurf Deep": Periwinkle asks her magic mirror who's the fairest in the world and it shows Vanity.
- "The Whole Smurf And Nothing But The Smurf" = part of the United States sworn testimony in which evidence is given by a witness who has made a commitment to tell the truth.Oath: Do you solemnly swear or affirm that you will tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
- "Hopping Cough Smurfs": The hopping crane in the episode is named for the whooping crane, which the term "whooping cough" comes from.
- "Smurf A Mile In My Shoes":
- The hermit imp opens his door only to get into a mirror routine with Jokey dressed as him.
- Not only does the SS SMURF II barely hits an iceberg but both (Captain) Dreamy and Papa say "Iceberg dead ahead!"
- Jokey's shipwrecked on an island during a storm caused by the sea witch.
- At the end, the Smurfs are having a beach party where they're "lala"ing to the beat of "Aloha 'Oe," Hawai'i'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.
- Like Lieutenant Commander Data, Peter Pan, Jane Hudson and even Alfred Pennyworth at one point, Timid perfectly imitates the voices of Poet, Tailor, Painter, Handy and Brainy.
- "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!
- 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:
- "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.
- "'Tis The Season To Be Smurfy" = a line from "Deck The Halls""♫ ♪ Deck the halls with boughs of holly, ♪ ♫
♫ ♪ Fa la la la la, la la la la ♪ ♫
♫ ♪ Tis the season to be jolly ♪ ♫,
♫ ♪ Fa la la la la, la la la la... ♪ ♫"
- "Stealing Grandpa's Thunder" = "stealing one's thunder" is when someone uses your ideas or inventions to his or her own advantage.
- "Greedy's Master Pizza" = Painter's own pronunciation of the word "masterpiece," which he pronounces as "masteurpiesa".
- Caesar either shares the name of Julius Caesar if not his great-nephew Augustus Caesar.
- "Smurfiplication" = Multiplication.
Parody Based Episode Titles
- "The Last Laugh" note
- When preparing to make Grouchy laugh with a funny face, Jokey makes an equivalent Groucho Marx mask.
- "The Fountain Of Smurf" & "Grandpa's Fountain Of Youth"
- "Smurf Me No Flowers"
- "Supersmurf" note
- "The Adventures of Robin Smurf"
- 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 Came From Outer Smurf"
- "Painter's Egg-Cellent Adventure"
- "The Good, The Bad And The Smurfy"
- "Breakfast At Greedy's"
- "All Creatures Great And Smurf"
- 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."
- "The Color Smurfy"
- "To Smurf A Thief"
- 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.
- "The Incredible Shrinking Wizard"
- "The Trojan Smurf" & "Trojan Smurfs"
- "Babes In Wartland"
- "Mutiny On The Smurf"
- "They're Smurfing Our Song"
- "Bringing Up Bigfeet"
- It could also simply mean a type of ghost or some other supernatural entity that manifest by creating noises.
- "Smurf On The Wild Side"
- "I Was A Brainy Weresmurf"
- Papa reads a book telling that a pure-hearted Smurf can become a Weresmurf if the sap of a Moon Flower entered his body.
- "Karate Clumsy"
- "It's A Smurfy Life"
- "It's A Puppy's Life"
- "Gnoman Holiday"
- Julius Geezer is obviously an homage of Julius Caesar.
- "A Fish Called Snappy"
Literary Allusion Titles
- "The World According To Smurflings"
- "Where The Wild Smurfs Are"
- "Smurfs That Time Forgot"
- "Bubble, Bubble, Smurfs In Trouble" = probably based on the famous line spoken by the three witches in the first scene from act four in Macbeth:"Double, double toil and trouble''
Fire burn and cauldron bubble..".
- "The Smurf Odyssey''
- "Smurfs Of The Round Table"
- "Mummy Dearest"
- "The Scarlet Croaker"
- "The Prince And The Hopper"
- The story even features a prince turned frog needing a kiss from someone who loves him in order to change back to human.
- "Dr. Evil And Mr. Nice"
- "Castaway Smurfs"
- "Smurf Van Winkle"
- "The Prince And The Peewit"
- Peewit gets a falcon and calls him Romulus.
- "The Root Of Evil" references 1st Timothy 6:10, which goes "For the love of money is the root of all evil..."
- "Vanity Fare"
- "Paradise Smurfed"
- Cicero and Bacchus decide to play "hide & hunt," a parody of "hide and seek" with Brainy, Greedy and Lazy where they think it's a harmless game.
- In actuality, Bacchus and Cicero are hunting the three Smurfs for sport in order to make them the main course of souffle a la Smurf.
- Statues of Cupid and Atlas appear.
- Greedy, Lazy and Brainy run from a stone globe heading in their direction after aforementioned Atlas statue rolls it toward them.
- Cicero and Bacchus decide to play "hide & hunt," a parody of "hide and seek" with Brainy, Greedy and Lazy where they think it's a harmless game.
- "Journey To The Center Of The Smurf"
- "The Three Smurfketeers"
Brainy:... remember, all the smurf's a stage and all the Smurfs merely players.
- While giving directions to where to place the props:
- The play within the show also takes elements from Romeo and Juliet where two people, members of feuding families, fall in love and not only is the feud between Smurfingham and Smurfington similar to the families in aforesaid Shakespeare play but it's similar to the fued between the Hatfields and McCoys.
- 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.
- "The Gingerbread Smurfs"
- 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 , In The Navy, Star Trek: The Original Seriesepisode 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".
- 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 Wartmonger mud wrester who appears early in "Mud Wrestling Smurfs" is Horrible Hunk Hopper, a parody of famed professional wrestler Hulk Hogan.
- Princess Savina looks like she gets her hairstyle from Princess Leia Organa Skywalker.
- 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.
- One time character Sweepy Smurf from his self-titled episode is possibly an expy of Bert, the Cockney jack-of-all-trades character played by Dick Van Dyke.
- The wizard Harlequin that's mentioned and seen on a parchment in "Hogatha's Hearthrob" was probably named for the publisher of romance novels.
- Character Morhpeo/Morphio from "Lazy's Nightmare" and "Sleepless Smurfs" is based on Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams.
- 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.
- At the end of 'Farmer's Genie,' Papa chuckles followed with "This looks the beginning of a beautiful friendship" just as the episode ends.
- Not to mention Hanna-Barbera had other genies in their other shows as well, such as the titular aforementioned Shazzan and the Animated Adaptation of I Dream of Jeannie.
- 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 Marty McFly 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.
- Throughout the show's run, frequent bits and pieces of classical music composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Isaac Albéniz, Hector Berlioz, Léon Boëllmann, Alexander Borodin, Anton Bruckner, Claude Debussy, Edward Elgar, César Franck, Edvard Grieg, Franz Liszt, Felix Mendelssohn, Modest Mussorgsky, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Maurice Ravel, Gioachino Rossini, Franz Schubert, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Richard Wagner, Paul Dukas, Edward Elgar, Albert W. Ketelbey, Lev Knipper, Zoltán Kodály, Sergey Prokofiev, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Camille Saint-Saëns, Jean Sibelius, Richard Strauss and Igor Stravinsky are used as background music or themes for particular events.
- Now why does the plot for "Fuzzle Trouble" with seemingly harmless creatures that multiply when they eat sound familiar?note
- 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.
- When first introduced to Fenwick's uncle in "Smurfing For Ghosts", he's singing "Figaro, Figaro!"
- For most of "Gargamel's Quest", Brainy wears a deerstalker outfit.
- In "The Littlest Witch", Papa sends Hefty, Smurfette, Painter and Scaredy to gather witch hazel, 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".
- Smurfette gains the power of whatever object she touches turns into smurfberry candy and then accidentally turns Brainy into candy in "Smurfette's Sweet Tooth''".
- 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.
- Greedy is tied down by little people in "Big Shot Smurfs''".
- So was Gargamel in similar fashion by the Smurfs in "Romeo And Smurfette" (which borrowed that scene from "Smurf Vs. Smurf") and in the Season 2 intro.
- In "The Masked Pie Smurfer", Brainy decides to solve the identity of said 'Masked Pie Smurfer' as a Smurfy Bureau of Investigation (SBI) Agent with Clumsy.
- At the end of "Jokey's Shadow", Tailor sews Jokey's shadow after it came to life back to the owner.
- 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.
- When the Smurfs believe a comet is coming to destroy the world in "The Comet Is Coming", they plan to send Baby Smurf to another planet in a rocket as the last survivor of Earth.
- In "The Village Vandal", Brainy dons a deerstalker and a magnifying glass in order to solve why things are breaking apart in the village, calling himself Sherlock Smurf.
- During their practice for a surprise talent show for Papa Smurf in "Smurfette's Dancing Shoes," Hefty introduces Greedy and his juggling pie act:"And now... heeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrre's Greedy!"
- 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).
- Brainy, Jokey (who grabs and carries an upside down Vanity), Clumsy, Smurfette and Grandpa run from a tidal wave caused by a boulder puncturing a cliff holding water in "Fortune Cookies''".
- When Handy takes his turn at the telescope at the beginning of "Land Of Lost And Found", he sees both Big Dipper and Little Dipper.
- In "Put Upon Puppy," upon entering Smurf Village:Gargamel: Heeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrre's Gargamel!
- Grouchus Smurfus comes to life and gives the audience a wink at the end of "The Monumental Grouch" much like how the Statue of Liberty does at the end of An American Tail.
- 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.
For the live action/CGI movies by Sony Picture Animation:
- After they landed in New York:Smurfette: Smurfs, we're not in Smurf Village anymore.
- When Smurfette shows her new dress to the other Smurfs, it is blown up by the air coming from the floor air vent and she has to quickly pat it down like what Marilyn Monroe did.
- Upon explaining why he doesn't want the Smurfs to be wondering outside the apartment, Patrick mentions E.T. much to their confusion.
- When Gargamel sees a moth, he whispers to it in an attempt to summon giant eagles in order to escape prison.
- As a swarm of flies approach the prison incarcerating Gargamel, "Ride of the Valkyries" is heard playing.
- At one point, Smurfette says "I kissed a Smurf and I liked it".
- The taxi Patrick gets into, unknowingly carrying Clumsy, and the Smurfs hop on advertises Blue Man Group on the triangular advertisement display.
- In Times Square, ads for Community, South Pacific, UFC 116, In the Heights, STOMP, Arthur Christmas, AT LARGE CHICAGO, Billy Elliot, West Side Story and Green Day's "American Idiot" are seen.
- 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 child soldiers in Burundi.note
- The apartment building Patrick and Grace live in is called McKinley, which is also a actor allusion.
- Scottish Smurf Gutsy cries out "FREEEDOOOM!" just like Mel Gibson.
- Deciding to follow Patrick to where he works in order to find a star gazer, the Smurfs hop onto another taxi advertising Blu-ray.
- While at the toy store, Smurfette sees a row of Madam Alexander brand of dolls and decides to try on the dresses.
- Gargamel says "I wish I could quit you" to Azrael.
- Patrick introduces Guitar Hero to Brainy, Clumsy, Grouchy and Gutsy, with the song performed being the RunD.M.C. remix of Aerosmith's "Walk This Way."
- Patrick refers to his boss as "Cruella De Odile."
- During the pictured end credits, there's a picture of Vanity, Farmer, Greedy and three other Smurfs (one in the red overalls is not to be confused for Papa, Painter or even Slouchynote let alone Handy) are having lunch on a girder high above the reconstruction of Smurf Village◊ is like the well known black and white Lunch atop a Skyscraper photo depicts eleven men eating lunch, seated on a girder with their feet dangling above the New York City streets◊ 256 meters/840 feet in the air during the construction of the RCA Building, later renamed the GE Building in 1988.
- After getting the other Smurfs to agree and rescue Papa:Clumsy, Brainy, Gutsy, Smurfette & Grouchy: All for one and one for smurf!
- Brainy's music band is called the 'Brainiacs.'
- In the novelization, Grouchy tells the M&M plushie that he was reading a book titled "Eat, Smurf, Love".
The Smurfs 2
- The movie features a hideous magician kidnapping a young female in a white dress into the underground lake of the Paris Opera House in order to manipulate her and get what he wants. Sounds familiar?
- Gargamel namedrops another Paris-set musical.
- According to Gargamel, Azrael has a Facebook page.
- Social Smurf mentions a website called Smurfbook.
- Hackus shouts "BOOYAH!"note while coming to Vexy's rescue when Azrael's about to swipe at her when both Naughties are first introduced.
- 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.
- Gargamel the black-clad baddie attempting to corrupt blonde Smurfette: "I am your father. Search your feelings, you know it to be true".
- 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:
- As described two paragraphs above, Grace even wears a very similar dress to what Hepburn wore in Breakfast at Tiffany's.
- Hackus spazzes like Taz the Tasmanian Devil.
- As Vexy and Smurfette (Hackus is with latter) race each other on storks, Smurfette shouts "Smurf, Smurf and away!" one of Superman's catchphrases at that time.
- Four seconds later we get "Hackus king of world!"
- 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."
- Gargamel's plan to destroy the Smurf Village is described as "total Smurf-a-geddon" as seen on the iPad.
- In response to Smurfette's warning about using the miniature dragon wand against the wizard:Gargamel: Why... that hurts... I am your father. Search your feelings, you know them to be true.
- 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:
- Name of Patrick's parrot was 'Zeus.'
- 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".
- Gargamel says his father dropped him down the well.
- In regards to 'Le Wanda' that Gargamel has:
- 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.
For the Sony Pictures animated features:
The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol
- Title and plot is based off Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, with Grouchy as Scrooge, Smurfette as the Ghost of Christmas Past, Brainy as the Ghost of Christmas Present, and Hefty as the Ghost of Christmas Future
- Just like Flick, Madison Spaghettini Papadopoulus, London Tipton and countless others, a random Smurf gets his tongue stuck on a pole.
- Regarding Azrael while chasing Grouchy around the laboratory:
The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow
- Title spoofs Washington Irving's The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
- Ghost of a Headless Horseman is said to haunt the area.
- 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 covered bridge 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.