The Smurfs

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 9 : Ep 39

    Hearts 'N' Smurfs

    Aired 12/2/89

  • S 9 : Ep 38

    The Golden Rhino

    Aired 12/2/89

  • S 9 : Ep 37

    Brainy's Beastly Boo-Boo

    Aired 12/2/89

  • S 9 : Ep 36

    Wild Goes Cuckoo

    Aired 12/2/89

  • S 9 : Ep 35

    Smurfs of the Round Table

    Aired 11/18/89

  • Cast & Crew
  • Frank Welker

    Hefty Smurf, Clockwork Smurf, Peewit, Poet Smurf, Puppy, Wild Smurf, Squeaky

  • Alan Oppenheimer

    Vanity Smurf, Father Time, Homnibus,

  • Michael Bell

    Grouchy Smurf, Handy Smurf, Lazy Smurf, Johan, Painter

  • Don Messick

    Azrael/ Papa Smurf/ Sleepy Smurf/ Barber Smurf/ Dreamy Smurf

  • Charlie Adler

    Natural Smurf/ Nat Smurfling

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  • show Description
  • The Smurfs are a group of over 100 bluish, three-apple tall creatures who live in the mushroom homes of Smurf Village. They are led by 543-year-old Papa Smurf (who doesn't look a day over 530). Their lives would be perfect were it not for the villainous Gargamel, a wizard who spends his days trying to capture them to eat, turn into gold, or for some other evil reason. Gargamel's cat Azrael adds to the menace, always looking for a smurfalicious snack. The single-emotioned smurfs, including Brainy, Jokey, Vanity, Grouchy and Clumsy, and others, were later joined by Grandpa Smurf, five Smurflings (who went back in time to become youngsters), and even Nanny late in the series. Gargamel, too, got a friend in the form of the unscrupulous Scruple. In 1982, the Culliford characters Johan and his aide Peewit ("Peewee" to U.S. kids) were given their own segments during the expanded, 90-minute The Smurfs, but the two humans simply weren't as smurfy as their tiny friends, and thus did not last. Despite its incredible popularity, The Smurfs actually encountered some controversy. Some adults considered the show quite sexist in its use of the one original female character, Smurfette, who was created by Gargamel as a way to fool the other Smurfs. In reaction to the criticism, the siren was changed into a sweetie via some Papa Smurf magic, and later seasons brought further smurf femmes like Sassette and Nanny. Perhaps the most memorable feature of the show was the use of the word "smurf" in every possible tense and construction. For instance, it wouldn't be unusual to hear a Smurf remark something like, "It's such a smurfy day, I think I'll go smurfing in Lake Smurf." In any case, the show won two Emmys as Outstanding Children's Entertainment Series and, in 1987, actually did a message episode. In an anti-drug show, Poet Smurf became addicted after rubbing a witch's magic orb, requiring the help of Papa and the gang to overcome his problem. The Smurfs hit the silver screen in 1984 with The Smurfs and the Magic Flute. The film was actually a dubbed version of an older Belgian Schtroumpfs feature, and our teeny weeny heroes didn't even appear until a ways in. The film flopped, but the cartoon continued to rule Saturday morning for the better part of the decade. In 1989, in an attempt to save the nearly decade-old show, the producers had the Smurfs leaving Smurf Village to visit various times and locations. Fans were smurfed off. The show was cancelled after that season, surviving only in the syndicated package titled The Smurfs' Adventures. Catch an hour of The Smurfs every weekday morning on The Cartoon Network at 11AM - 12PM EST and on the Boomerang Network at 8AM, 4PM, and 12AM EST.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (123)

    • Brainy: "You must all do what Papa Smurf says because Papa Smurf knows what's best! So...--" [Jokey gives him a surprise] "So, go out and do a--" [present explodes when Brainy opens it] "--bang-up job."

    • Papa Smurf: Aha! I'll make the village invisible!
      Clumsy: (covering his eyes) Oh GOOD! Now he'll never find us!
      Brainy: Oh for smurf's sake.

    • Brainy: I knew everything would smurf out, Papa Smurf. I wasn't scared for a moment. I told them you'd take care of--YIKE GARGAMEL! (sees a large shadow cover him, jumps into Hefty's arms, but sees it's only a passing cloud)

    • Gargamel: "I have it! Ohhh what an EVIL genius I am! Evil...evIL...EVIL!"

    • Brainy: "You're not smurfing the area well enough! If Papa Smurf were here, he'd say 'smurf in that burrow, smurf in that hole--'" [tossed] "Some smurfs just can't take direction."

    • Brainy: You're not smurfing the area well enough! If Papa Smurf were here, he'd say 'smurf in that burrow, smurf in that hole. (tossed)

    • Grouchy: "I HATE glowberries, but I hate Gargamel more!"

    • Brainy: "That was snitch-in-time thinking, Papa Smurf! I wasn't worried for a minute! I ALWAYS say--" Papa Smurf: "Quite right, Brainy--you ALWAYS say."

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    Notes (46)

    • The episode is referenced by the vision of Smurfette in the waterfall in Season 3's "The Smurf Who Would Be King", and would later be sequelized in Season 5 with "Dreamy's Pen Pals".

    • This episode is based on the original comic book story of the same name, with elements that appeared in another comic book story called "The Flying Smurf". The Swoofs that appeared in the original story were orange instead of green, and there was no Smurfette or Gargamel in the original version.

    • First episode of the longest running children's animated series.

    • The Smurfs came to be on television when then-NBC president Fred Silverman saw how much his daughter liked a Smurf doll she had been given.

    • In the European version of this episode, the title is spelled "Jokey's Medecine" but in the American version it's "Jokey's Medicine". The correct spelling is "medicine".

    • This is the first episode to feature Vanity Smurf.

    • When Papa Smurf, Brainy, and Clumsy are gathering the ingredients for the village invisibility spell, Brainy adds a single glowberry that looks like an all-green strawberry (bigger at top, with a stem and leaf cap, and seeds all over it), but when glowberries are shown after that point, they are spherical with just a stem (still green but with just a few spots).

    • Animated debut of Hogitha.

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    Trivia (36)

    • That's the first time that Gargamel finds the village.

    • After Papa Smurf plants the last glowberry in the village, and it grows into a glowberry bush, he and other smurfs run off to get some baskets. But when they come back, as they're sliding to a stop, Hefty's hat flies up off his head (and lands back down on it), revealing his bald head.

    • Goof: when Gargamel wishes that all the Smurfs will arrive to him, somehow Brainy and Papa Smurf don't arrive.

    • That's the second time that Gargamel finds the village.

    • Grouchy. When Gargamel wishes for all the Smurfs on a silver platter, Grouchy is both inside the house with Greedy and Jokey, and outside trying to kiss Hogatha, who's turned into a frog.

    • If smurfs soup made of smurfs, how Bigmouth didn't notice that some smurfs that were in the soup, as Smurfette, were still alive after that the soup was ready?

    • this is the third time that Gargamel finds the village.

    • This episode marks the first appearance of Bigmouth the Ogre.

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    Allusions (31)

    • Title pun: The astronaut

    • Title pun: All that glitters isn't gold

    • Title pun: Romeo and Juliette

    • This episode is a parody of the Star Trek episode, "The Trouble with Tribbles".

    • Title pun: The adventures of Robin Hood

    • The dragon in this episode was named after Fafner, the evil dragon slain by Siegfried.

    • Title pun: It came from outer space

    • Papa Smurf calls the erupting volcano "Mount Saint Smurf", most likely a reference to Mount Saint Helens when it erupted in 1980.

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  • Fan Reviews (40)
  • Very Smurfy

    By Evil, Jan 11, 2013

  • Smurfity smurf smurf

    By reward1, Nov 25, 2012

  • THANK YOU

    By BetteFoster, Nov 03, 2012

  • What the smurf was this smurf?

    By dogfood_uk, Oct 20, 2012

  • Smurfs Rule!

    By billy1981, Oct 15, 2012

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