Thursday, 9 February 2012

The Smurfs - 50th Anniversary of the Smurfs


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The 50th anniversary of the Smurfs and the 80th anniversary of the birth of its creator Peyo, were celebrated by issuing a high-value collectors' coin: the Belgian 5 euro 50th anniversary of The Smurfs commemorative coin, minted in 2008. Then Belgium Post Issued the celebrating stamp “50th Anniversary of the Smurfs” in souvenir sheet and another 10 pieces of postage stamps depicts all characters of the smurfs.


The Smurfs was named the 97th best animated series by IGN. They called it "kiddie cocaine" for people growing up during the 1980s.
In honor of their 50th anniversary in 2008, the Smurfs began a year long "Happy Smurfday Euro Tour" in connection with UNICEF. The Smurfs visited 15 European countries on the day of their 50th "Smurfday" in the form of publicly-distributed white figurines. In 2011,a film came out named The Smurfs.

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The Smurfs  is a comic and television franchise centered on a group of small blue fictional creatures called Smurfs, created and first introduced as a series of comic strips by the Belgian cartoonist Peyo (pen name of Pierre Culliford) on October 23, 1958
In the Johan and Peewit stories, the Smurf village is made up of mushroom-like houses of different shapes and sizes in a desolate and rocky land with just a few trees.

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The Smurfs' community generally takes  a cooperative life, sharing, and kind environment  and  contributes it to Smurf society . Each Smurf appears to be given their necessities of life, from housing and clothes to food without using any money in exchange.







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The   cast   has   a simple structure as well: almost all the characters   look essentially  alike —mostly  male,  very short ,   with   blue skin, white trousers with a hole for their short   tails,  white hat in  the  style of  a  Phrygian  cap, and  sometimes some additional accessory that identifies a personality.

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Smurfs can walk and run, but often move by skipping on both feet.The Smurfs fulfill simple archetypes of everyday people: Lazy Smurf, Grouchy Smurf, Brainy Smurf, and so on. 






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All Smurfs, with the exception of Papa, Baby, Smurfette, Nanny and Grandpa, are said to be 100 years old. There were originally 99 Smurfs, but this number increased as new Smurf characters appeared, such as Sassette and Nanny.


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All of the original Smurfs were male; later female additions are Smurfette and Sassette. Smurfette being Gargamel's creation, while Sassette was created by the Smurflings.
The non-Smurf characters who would appear later would include their enemies the wizard Gargamel, his cat Azrael, and Gargamel's godfather Balthazar; and their friends the page Johan and his young friend Peewit, and the wizard Homnibus.

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Papa Smurf is the leader of the community. Other Smurfs are generally named after their personality disposition, for example, Brainy, Greedy, Vanity, Lazy, Clumsy, Hefty, Jokey, Dreamy, Grouchy, or their profession, for example, Poet, Actor, Handy, Harmony, Farmer, Clockwork, Painter, Tailor, Miner, Architect, Reporter, Timber, Barber and Doctor Smurf.

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