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The Smurfs

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The Smurfs

 

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This animated series was produced by Hanna-Barbera and aired on NBC from September 12, 1981 to December 2, 1989, with reruns airing until August 25, 1990, for 9 seasons and 256 episodes (91 containing 1 half-hour story, 165 containing 2 quarter-hour stories - for a total of 421 stories) along with 7 specials.

The story of the series is based on the Belgian comic series The Smurfs, created in 1950 by Flemish cartoonist Peyo, and had become popular in the United States especially after they have been put on the air by NBC.

Stuart R. Ross, an American media and entertainment acquired North American and other rights to the characters, whose original name. He launched the Smurfs in the United States in association with a California company, Wallace Berrie and Co., whose figurines, dolls and other Smurf merchandise became a hugely popular success. NBC president Fred Silverman's daughter, Melissa, had a Smurf doll of her own that he had bought for her at a toy shop while they were visiting Aspen, Colorado. Silverman thought that a series based on the Smurfs might make a good addition to the Saturday-morning of the channel.

The Smurfs lived in mushroom houses in a little village in the middle of the forest and were menaced by the evil Gargamel, a wizard obsessed with catching them.

Some of the most notable characters include: Papa Smurf, the third oldest of the Smurfs (after Grandpa and Nanny), and the leader of the Smurfs. He is 542 years old (while the other Smurfs are mostly around 100 years old), but is quite energetic for his age. He distinguished from the other Smurfs by his red clothes and his white beard. Smurfette was the only female Smurf until the creation of Sassette. Later a Granny Smurf was also introduced. Smurfette's features are more delicate than those of the other Smurfs, with long blonde wavy hair, longer eyelashes, and wears a white dress and white high heels. She is also the love interest of almost every Smurf in the village. Brainy Smurf considers himself as the brain of the village. Although he acts as if he is second-in-command behind Papa Smurf, this isn't the case and even Papa Smurf doesn't seem very fond of this attitude of Brainy. Gargamel, the sorcerer, is the biggest enemy of the Smurfs and the principal antagonist in the show, his main goal in life is destroy the Smurfs.

A movie was produced in 1984. The show won two Emmy Awards.

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