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The Smurfs 

Smurfs (original title)
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The Smurfs are little blue creatures that live in mushroom houses in a forest inhabited mainly by their own kind. The smurfs average daily routine is attempting to avoid Gargomel, an evil man who wants to kill our little blue friends.


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Series cast summary:
Don Messick ...  Papa Smurf / ... 240 episodes, 1981-1989
Danny Goldman Danny Goldman ...  Brainy Smurf / ... 225 episodes, 1981-1989
Lucille Bliss ...  Smurfette / ... 223 episodes, 1981-1989
Frank Welker ...  Hefty Smurf / ... 200 episodes, 1981-1989
Michael Bell ...  Handy Smurf / ... 181 episodes, 1981-1989
June Foray ...  Jokey Smurf / ... 173 episodes, 1981-1989
Hamilton Camp ...  Greedy Smurf / ... 164 episodes, 1981-1989
William Callaway ...  Clumsy Smurf / ... 151 episodes, 1981-1989
Paul Winchell ...  Gargamel / ... 139 episodes, 1981-1989
Alan Oppenheimer ...  Vanity Smurf / ... 135 episodes, 1981-1989
Alan Young ...  Farmer Smurf / ... 123 episodes, 1981-1989


Classic Saturday-morning cartoon series featuring magical blue elf-like creatures called Smurfs. The Smurfs, named for their personalities, inhabit a village of mushroom houses in an enchanted forest. These loveable creatures are led by Papa Smurf and live carefree... except for one major threat to their existance: Gargamel, an evil but inept wizard who lives in a stone-built house in the forest; and his feline companion, the equally nasty Azrael. Typical stories deal with the Smurfs' efforts to fight off Gargamel, who wanted to do one of several things to the blue creatures including eat them, make them slaves and gain their magical secrets in order to gain dignity among the wizard's fraternity. More than once, the Smurfs had to save Gargamel from his back-firing plans or even eviler wizards. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

12 September 1981 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


Most of the named Smurfs who debuted in the pre-1981 comics appeared in the cartoon series with the exception of four Smurfs -- Le Schtroumpf bêta (lit. "The Stupid Smurf"; called "Dopey Smurf" in the Papercutz translation of the comics), Le Schtroumpf sculpteur ("The Sculptor Smurf"), Le Schtroumpf amoureux ("The Amorous Smurf"), and Le Schtroumpf prétentieux ("The Pretentious Smurf").
  • Dopey is a very dim-witted Smurf known to be told to get something, but instead get something else to the ire of the Smurf who asked him. He is probably the source of Clumsy, while dim-witted in the most part, is also clumsy.
  • Sculptor needs no explanation, but appears in a few comic gags. In the cartoon series, Painter sometimes acts in the role of Sculptor.
  • Amorous is a minor Smurf who appears in the 1980 comic story "Les Schtroumpfs Olympiques" ("The Olympic Smurfs") who dreamed of getting a kiss from the Smurfette.
  • Pretentious, also a minor Smurf from "Les Schtroumpfs Olympiques" dreamed of finishing first place in the games.
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[repeated line]
Brainy Smurf: Is it much further Papa Smurf?
Papa Smurf: Not much further my little smurfs.
Jokey Smurf: [different location] Is it much further Papa Smurf?
Papa Smurf: Not much Further my little smurfs
Grouchy Smurf: [third location] Is it much further papa smurf?
Papa Smurf: Yes it is!
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Great Cartoon, didn't realize it lasted so long
22 February 2002 | by Bats_BreathSee all my reviews

This is one of the more famous cartoons of the '80s. Like He-Man, Thundercats, G.I. Joe and Transformers, this cartoon was pure '80s. The difference here is that Smurfs was a Saturday morning toon, opposed to being an after school weekday toon like the others. And it was probably the best made Saturday morning toon of the '80s. Waking up at 6 in the morning to see these toons was a treat that kids in the '80s will always remember.

Wow I feel old because I actually remember watching the very FIRST episode of Smurfs as it originally aired in 1981. I must have been about 5 or 6 years old. It's a vague memory, but it's there. My older sister who was 11 at the time watched it with me with just as much passion and awe.

I'm really surprised to find out that this series ran through the entire '80s and even into 1990. That's really something. No wonder this show has so many fans that are a lot younger then me. I always wondered why this series has so many fans so much younger then me, and finding out that "The Smurfs" ran into 1990 explains that part. I guess I thought this show must have been cancelled around 1986 or 1987, because I remember I stopped watching this show at that time when I was around 11 years old. It's a great toon and it's too bad they don't release these on VHS or DVD.

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