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Jan
2012

5 Facts about the History of the Smurfs

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In order to wish you Happy Smurfy New year 2012 we decided to share with you this great article about the history of the smurfs, which was kindly provided by our friends from Halloween costumes.

Ah, the Smurfs. Just hearing the word itself fills me with nostalgia. However, the word also calls to mind the same kind of questions I had as a little kid watching the cartoon: what is a Smurf exactly and where did they come from? And why are they called Smurfs? Most people have memories of watching the cartoon on Saturday mornings in the 80s, but the history of the characters isn’t as well-known. So, in the interest of sating my curiosity and yours, I’ve found five facts about the history of these little blue creatures that we know and love.

1. The word “smurf” was invented when the creator couldn’t remember the word salt.

Yes, really! Peyo, the creator and mastermind behind the Smurfs, was eating supper with a friend and just couldn’t think of the word salt. (You know the feeling. When the term is right on the tip of your tongue, but for some reason you just can’t seem to say it. Frustrating!) So, instead, he just used a made-up word as a replacement and asked his friend to pass the smurf. His friend played along asked him to smurf it back when he was done smurfing. And thus, the name and language of the Smurfs were born.

2. The Smurfs first appeared in a Belgian comic series in the 1950s.

Peyo was responsible for a Franco-Belgian comic series named Johan et Pirlouit, which told the stories of two pages to the king during the Middle Ages. A little blue man appeared in one story, published in 1958; he wore white clothes and had white-bearded elderly leader who wore red clothing. Sound familiar? The Smurf characters were so popular that they had their own story line the next year.

3. There are two different Smurf dialects.

Like with many places, there are regional differences in the way that the Smurf language is used. There are multiple ways to use “smurf” as either a verb or a noun. In one issue of the comic, a Smurf explains that “I’m smurfing to the smurf” could mean two totally separate things, depending on who said it. The village that the Smurfs live in is divided between the North and South, and the Smurfs on either side have different ways of using the term. (This is said to parallel the language differences between Belgian’s French and Dutch speaking citizens.)

4. There was a black and white Smurfs movie released in the 1960s.  

Kind of takes away from their blue skin, huh? The first Smurfs feature movie was released in 1965 to Belgian audiences. I imagine that it was probably very different than the blockbuster motion picture that came out in the summer of 2011. However, the only copies of the 1965 film are said to be German with Dutch subtitles, so who knows!

5. Smurfs on Ice existed.

Among countless other spin-offs and appearances, the Smurfs spent a few years moonlighting as ice dancers, thanks to the Ice Capades travelling ice show. Okay, I’m not going to lie – after I found this out, I went straight to YouTube to see for myself. Here is the opening number from the 1983 Ice Capades, starring Papa Smurf and Smurfette. You’re welcome!



This article was written by MaDonna Flowers. She writes for a Halloween costumes company, where you can find a wide variety of Smurf costumes for adults and kids.

 

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Comments

  1. stephanie says:

    I love the smurfs

  2. Sassete says:

    Thank you, No we dont have any special designers, we have some great people that is working on the page :)

  3. Andrea says:

    After updating smurf village yesterday on my IPAD the language has changed to german. Does anyone knows how to change the language in english again? The german translation is bad.

  4. Mindie says:

    My message in the bottles arrive on Friday and are gone on Saturday before I even complete the task…

  5. Bryce says:

    What is the next update after dreamy smurfs update?

  6. B1K3 says:

    This is kinda obvious if you're a Smurfologist… But I didn't know the black and white film was a movie, I though it was an episode!

  7. Penumbre says:

    thank you for a year of fun with my smurfs! I found the Christmas tree answer on the Papa Smurf page of the site. Thank you again.

  8. Army Smurf says:

    this Smurfy topic is not smurfing in the smurf index on the left side of this smurf info website.

    KEEP ON SMURFING & NEVER SMURF AWAY

    • Marco says:

      Your comment is so smurfy Army Smurf, we just smurf it now on the left side. Thank you for your smurftastic comment :)

  9. Judy says:

    When I go visit my friends villages I cannot see their new land to the right hand side of the screen. Will we be able to see the expanded land with the next update?

    • Smurfette says:

      I suppose that this will be fixed with the coming update, as Beeline said that they are looking into it, however, nothing has been announced officially, so we just have to wait and see

  10. teresa says:

    it is posible to create another task for papa smurf, instead of sending smurfs out all the time it will be nice to have something else to do, it gets a little boring. also it is posible to have more activities to make the game more smurf. thanks

  11. FrenchsparklingBird says:

    Hi, I just wanted to say thank you for the great job you are doing with this site.

  12. Kristi says:

    When the update happened it took all of my gold and smurfberries, does this happen with every update?

  13. Visiting Smurf says:

    When do you think the next update will be released?

    • Smurfette says:

      The update cycle is usually somewhere between 4 to 6 weeks, but due to the Christmas/New Year holidays the next update is not expected until sometime mid January.

  14. Tamara says:

    When is the next update coming out? I have been maxed out on 40 for about 1 1/2 months or so…..how will this affect the update since I've continued to play? Also, could it potentially move me levels since I've continued to advance with my XP? Thanks so much! Happy New Year!

    • Smurfette says:

      The update cycle is usually somewhere between 4 to 6 weeks, but due to the Christmas/New Year holidays the next update is not expected until sometime mid January. All the XP you accumulate now are counted and when new levels are added, you will jump ahead accordingly.

  15. andy says:

    alchemist smurf has had a fire in papa smurfs house, and i have lost everything 155 smurfs, land, buildings,extras,, everything,but still get harvest reminders,with nothing on screen to harvest,do you know what has happened ?

  16. Dreamy_Smurf says:

    The spamming problem problem we've got now is that some people are too lazy to read the articles. They keep asking things although they can simply read it.

  17. Dreamy_Smurf says:

    Can you post the URL of your website?
    If you mean to 'quote' do not copypaste a whole article, we've got enough of those folks doing that. For this moment you don't have permission from me and from the other admins.
    If you only want to copypaste, you can stop hoping that we will ever give permission.

  18. Dreamy_Smurf says:

    Do you mean you've simply copy pasted everything? If not what are you going to do with the article? Do you've got a website yourself? If so please post URL.
    Sorry for all these questions but we've got a problem that some people are stealing our articles.