i was watching Conan the other night and his guest brought up the new Smurfs movie ( as he was in it.) and it set me to thinking about them and when ever i think about the smurf a certain group of Smurf comes to mind:
can i tell you that when i was a child this episode scared the crap out of me! essentially what you have is a zombie story in the smurf universe. now when i watch it all i see is the limited animation of the time. in the original French incarnation of this story the fly was black thus turning them into Les Schtroumpfs Noirs
making them like 3x more frightening and in this day and age probably 7x more offensive. the amazing thing is how true to the original the cartoon stays. the cartoon is almost a panel by panel copy of the French book. well actually there was another small change, Smurfette.
while i was googling around i found out that Smurfette was not really a resident of the smurf village, rather, as a creation of Gargamel she kind of just popped in and out. it wasn't until the animated series that she became a permanent resident. her story is pretty F'd up actually (you know to a grown-ups mind). when Gargamel first created Smurfette she had tatty black and her features were to close to what a male smurf looked like. so sequential the smurfs didn't think she was hot thus spoiling Gargamel's plan to use her to cause chaos in the smurf village. Because of all the rejection she was experiencing Papa Smurf took pity on her and changed her appearance to what most people are familiar with.
Of coarse after that she was able to be a complete bitch to everyone causing the smurfs to fight over her. to paraphrase at some point she tries to flood the village, they catch her in the act and hold a trial for her. But she's to hot at this point for anyone to find her guilty. she says she feels sorry for what she did but Papa Smurf just F'n kicks her out of the village because she's causing to much trouble. after that she becomes a "special guest" of sorts randomly appearing for whatever reason.
the best part is at the end of the French book the Smurfs make a ugly human lady and sends it to Gargamels house as revenge. The Smurfette story was animated as well and like the Purple Smurfs episode they stayed pretty close to the original the only differences were the trial was held while Smurfette was still "ugly" and instead of Papa Smurf taking pity on her ugliness he changed her appearance because she said she wanted to, "be a real Smurf".
Despite all that it was pretty amazing to me how true they stayed to the subject matter. especially in light of today and how we kind of hack up stories to "adapt" them for television. I'm looking at you fox kids!
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