The Smurfs is a Belgian comic franchise centered on a fictional colony of small, blue, human-like creatures who live in muhsroom shaped houses in the forest. The Smurfs was first created and introduced as a series of comic characters by the Belgian Comics artist Peyo (the pen name of Pierre Culliford) in 1958, wherein they were known as Les Schtroumpfs. There are more than 100 Smurf characters, and their names are based on adjectives that emphasise their characteristics, such as "Jokey Smurf", who likes to play practical jokes on his fellow smurfs. "Smurfette" was the first female Smurf to be introduced in the series. The Smurfs wear Phygirian caps, which came to represent freedom during the modern era.
The word “smurf” is the original Dutch translation of the French "schtroumpf", which, according to Peyo, is a word he invented during a meal with fellow cartoonist André Franquin when he could not remember the word salt.
The Smurfs animated series finally debuted on Saturday morning of September 12, 1981, capturing forty two percent of the audience, thus making it the most highly rated children's program in more than eight years, not to mention the highest rated program on NBC in roughly two decades. Smurfs even outperformed a number of successful prime time shows in terms of viewing percentages. In terms of voices, Don Messick, Frank Welker, June Foray, Paul Winchell, Michael Bell, Alan Young, Hamilton Camp, and Charlie Adler, among others provided their vocal talents to the show.
While many of Peyo's original Smurfs comics such as "L'Apprenti Schtroumpf" ("The Smurf Apprentice"), "Les Schtroumpfs et le Cracoucass" ("The Smurfs and the Howlibird") and "Le Schtroumpfissme" ("King Smurf") were adapted for the first season, Hanna-Barbera reached a point where new characters need to be introduced as well as creating original stories for the series. Johan and Pirlouit, called Peewit in English, made their television debut in the second season, becoming recurring characters as well as Bigmouth, who only made one appearance in the comics. Gargamel, Azrael, Princess Savina, the King, Dame Barbra and Homnibus made their animated appearances from the comics as well. Other allies of the Smurfs created specifically for the animated series include Prince-turned-King Gerard, the Pussywillow Pixies, Gourdy, Marina, Selwyn and Tallulah just to name a few. Besides additional allies, supplementary antagonists such as Chlorhydris, Gargamel's godfather Lord Balthazar as well as Scruple, Gargamel's apprentice starting from around season six appeared as adversaries to the Smurfs.
Despite the Smurfs being cancelled by NBC, which was getting rid of its animated Saturday morning lineup to allow for more news programming, Hanna-Barbera would animate the characters one last time in a drug abuse prevention special with other popular Saturday morning showsnote called Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue. A handful of Smurfs, along with Papa, Hefty and Brainy, with a quick cameo from Harmony in the comic book lying on the floor, appeared in a limited amount of appearance under the orders of Smurfs' creator Pierre "Peyo" Culliford.
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