The Fake Smurf: Hogatha transforms herself into a Smurf, plotting revenge on the little people for destroying her magic locket. The Baby Smurf: Gargamel transforms himself into a Baby Smurf, to be adopted by Smurfette. He causes complete chaos in the Smurf Village when he tries to blow it up with a time bomb. Written by
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"The Fake Smurf" is based on the 1961 comic story titled, "Le Faux Schtroumpf" (The Fake Smurf). It was one of several Smurf early stories that appeared as a detachable supplement in the comic magazine Spirou. In 1967, it was serialized in Spirou containing several revisions. These are the major differences from the original comic:
- In the comic, it was Gargamel who becomes the fake Smurf, not the witch Hogatha (who was created by Studio Peyo for the cartoon series).
- Hogatha met Vanity Smurf who leads her to the Smurf Village. In the comic, an un-named Smurf led Gargamel to the Village.
- Hogatha was given the name "Snorty Smurf" by the other Smurfs. In the comic, Gargamel's Smurf persona was nameless which allowed him to blend with the other Smurfs (as most of them lack any personal names).
- Hogath used Jokey's joke boxes to sabotage the suspension bridge that the Smurfs recently completed. In the comic, Gargamel sabotaged the bridge by cutting one of its ropes.
- Clumsy found Hogatha's fake Smurf tail. In the comic, an un-named Smurf found Gargamel's.
- Hogatha being lead out of the Smurf Village after being captured, thought she is going to be hanged by Papa Smurf when he threw a rope over a tree branch. In the comic, Gargamel thought he is going to be killed by Papa Smurf who was holding a knife.
References to the fictional Cactus Petrifidous (whose juice turns the Smurfs into stone) are made in "The Baby Smurf." However, cacti (which are native to the Americas) were unknown to Europeans until the 17th century. The background of the Smurf cartoon series is the late Middle Ages (circa 14th-15th century), early for the understanding of cacti in Europe. See more