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10 Fun Facts about The Smurfs:
- The word “smurf” was created when the creator, Pierre Culliford (Peyo), couldn’t remember the word for salt. Instead of asking 'Passez-moi le sel', he asked 'Passez-moi le schtroumpf', and the name was born!Schtroumpf became "smurf" in English.
- The Smurfs are Belgian. They became very popular worldwide after
Hanna-Barbera featured them in the 1980s but they did not originate in the
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- There are 105 different smurfs.
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- Smurfette was created by Gargamel to stir up trouble in the
smurf village.In the original series, Smurfette left the village to create
peace but the American version has Smurfette staying and becoming a permanent character.
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- The smurf cartoons have been translated into 30 different
The smurfs are “three apples tall”.
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- The white hats the smurfs wear are called Phrygian hats
which are worn as a symbol of liberty.
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- There’s a red Phrygian hat on the seal of the United States Senate.
- When Sony Pictures filmed a Smurf movie in the village of
Juzcar in Andalucia, Spain, they used around 1,000 gallons of paint to turn all
the houses blue. The promised that at the end of filming, they would repaint
all the houses back to their original white, but the townsfolk, in a referendum
in 2011, voted to keep them blue as they had boosted tourism to the village
from 300 a year to about 80,000.
Juzcar in Adalucia, Spain
- In a UNICEF anti-war
advertisement, the smurf village was bombed to extinction with the
message "“Don’t let war affect the lives of children.”