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Smurfs Turn 50

23 October 2008 6:16 PM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

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

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Sister scribes sell 'Cookies' script

19 October 2008 7:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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.

Kerner Entertainment Co.'s Jordan Kerner (2006's "Charlotte's Web") is producing, with Ben Haber (2007's "Across the Universe") executive producing. Haber brought the script to Walden.

Michael Bostick and Amanda Morgan Palmer are overseeing the project for Walden.

"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

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Smurfs To Hit The Big Screen

10 June 2008 12:05 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Classic kids cartoon characters The Smurfs are coming to life in a new live action/animated movie.

Shrek 2 and Shrek The Third writers David Stem and David Weiss are set to pen the screenplay after bosses at Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures bought the rights to a Smurfs movie.

The Smurfs first appeared in 1958, when they were created by Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford.

They later starred in a U.S.-made Hannah Barbera cartoon, which ran from 1981 to 1990.

Columbia co-president Doug Belgrad dells industry publication Variety, "The Smurfs are one of the best-known franchises, and among the most beloved collection of characters in the world.

"We're very excited to introduce a new generation to (characters) Papa Smurf, Smurfette and the other smurftastic Smurfs in all their glory." »

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