Either way, The Smurfs were a blight on the cultural landscape, which will somehow be made even worse by the upcoming CGI movie travesty. After all, Smurfette was already annoying, but her voiced by Katy Perry should have you smurfing your eyes and ears out by the second smurfing act. But still, even the most boring, sappy properties usually have at least one or two interesting things hidden within their layers of horribleness. Here are the few we were able to dredge up from 52 years of Smurfs history. Read 'em and smurf!
8) The Smurfs Started the Zombie Genre
7) The Smurf Village Was Once Bombed into Extinction
Most people would agree that war crimes and genocide are kinda bad. But just in case there were people on the fence, UNICEF created a series of anti-genocide commercials featuring a happy Smurf village that got bombed back into the stone age (which to be honest, wasn't too far back). While you can debate the effectiveness of the message, it certainly didn't pull any punches with it's final shot of a crying baby smurf surrounded by dead Smurfs and the mangled body of Smurfette. Although we have to say it didn't make us any more against war crimes... it just made us want to see more dead Smurfs.
6) There Was a "Poison Smurf" Scare in Britian During the '70s
5) Smurfs Creator Peyo Hates Smurfette
4) The Smurfs Were a Spin-Off from a Less Successful Comic Strip
3) Celebrities Were Voicing Smurfs Well Before the New Movie
Considering the huge number of Smurf crowd scenes, it makes sense that the Smurfs TV series needed huge numbers of voice actors. Now, like every Saturday morning cartoon series, you had a few of the legendary professional voice actors who dominated '80s cartoons like Don Messick (Papa Smurf, Scooby Doo, Muttley), Michael Bell (Handy Smurf, G.I. Joe's Duke, Voltron's Lance) and Frank Welker (Hefty Smurf, Megatron, Scooby Doo's Fred). But a lot of others were well-known actors that did small parts on the show under the head of "additional voices." These include Ed Begley, Jr., Sorrell Booke (The Dukes Of Hazzard's Boss Hogg), Rene Auberjonois (Star Trek DS9's Odo), Edie McClurg (the secretary from Ferris Bueller's Day Off) and Ray Walston. And yes, legendary SNL comedian Phil Hartman pitched in some various voices for different episodes, although we haven't waded through all the episodes to pick out his voice. We don't hate ourselves that much.
2) The Smurf Village iPhone App Cost Some People Thousands of Bucks
1) Smurfberry Crunch Cereal Turned Your Crap Blue
If you're going to have a cereal called Smurfberry Crunch, you'd expect it to be kind of blue, right? So, even though smurfberries in the cartoon were red, Post added a bunch of blue berries into the mix. Unfortunately, the blue food coloring wasn't absorbed by the human body, leading to a bunch of scared mothers worried about their kids' blue poop. It was taken off the market and replaced with a different version, which is a shame because it undoubtedly gave kids the ultimate Smurfs experience. After all, when a Smurf smurfs in the woods... we're betting it's blue, too.