3 items from 2008
What sort of pop culture website would ComicMix be if we did not salute the 50th anniversary of The Smurfs? That’s right, it was on this day that Belgian cartoonist Peyo's (a.k.a. Pierre Culliford) first published drawings featuring those blue cuties.
It all began in 1952 when the artist began a strip called Johan et Pirlouit (translated as Johan and Peewit), in Le Journal de Spirou. On this date in 1958, the Smurfs appeared in the storyline, “La flûte à six trous”. While seeking a magic flute, Johan and Pirlouit encountered a being called Schtroumpf. Audiences were enchanted and within a year, Smurf solo stories began appearing in Spirou followed almost immediately by the first merchandising.
Over time, the society and culture of the Smurfs took shape from the look of Smurf Village to the personalities of the various and seemingly endless supply of inhabitants. They weren’t »
- Robert Greenberger
Sister scribes Carley and Chelsea Steiner have sold a family-comedy spec to Walden Media titled "Tough Cookies."
The story centers on a deadbeat dad ordered by a judge to form a Girl Scout troop with his rebel daughter and her friends. The troop uses its unconventional ways to compete against snobbish rivals at the National Scout Rally.
"Cookies" is the second project in the works for Chelsea Steiner, a former assistant at Icm, and Carley Steiner, who earned a master's in screenwriting at USC. Another screenplay, "Jelly," which centers on belly-dancing, is in development with producer David Doerkson and is set to go into production next year.
The sisters are repped by Apa and manager Nic Bogner. »
- By Leslie Simmons
Classic kids cartoon characters The Smurfs are coming to life in a new live action/animated movie.
They later starred in a U.S.-made Hannah Barbera cartoon, which ran from 1981 to 1990.
"We're very excited to introduce a new generation to (characters) Papa Smurf, Smurfette and the other smurftastic Smurfs in all their glory." »
3 items from 2008