5 curious facts about The Smurfs

 Fun facts about The Smurfs.

The Smurfs are coming to Resorts World Sentosa from 12 to 14 June for Smurfs Live on Stage — Smurfs Save Spring.

Did you know that The Smurfs have been around since 1958? Here are five other curious facts about these little blue creatures that live in mushroom huts.

SMURFS SAVE SPRING

1. The Smurfs are from Belgium

You might know The Smurfs from the cartoon series by U.S. animation studio Hanna-Barbara. But did you know that characters were created by Belgian comic artist Peyo (real name Pierre Culliford)?

The Smurfs first appeared in 1958 in an existing comic by Peyo called “Johan & Pirlouit”. The little blue folks were minor recurring characters but they soon became so popular that they were given their own comics.

Other creations that you didn’t know were from Belgium:

  • Tin Tin
  • Waffles
  • French Fry
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Saxophne
  • Body Mass Index (BMI)

2. The English name “Smurf” is from the Dutch translation of the original French name

papa smurf

The original name for The Smurfs is “les Schtroumpfs” in French. The English name for Smurf was taken from the Dutch translation. Good thing too because it’s much easier to pronounce.

Smurfs creator Peyo came up with the name “Schtroumpf” when he was having dinner with a friend and forgot how to say the word “salt” in French. He asked for the “schtroumpf” instead. His friend joked, “Here’s the schtroumpf–when you are done schtroumpfing, schtroumpf it back.”

That’s where The Smurfs trait of replacing words with “smurf” came about.

If you’re curious, the French word for salt is “sel”.

3. The Smurfs are shorter than Hello Kitty by two apples

Smurfs Save Spring photo

Didn’t think there’ll be a day when you’re comparing the height of little blue creatures and a mouthless cat, did you?

Similar to the Japanese creation, the Smurfs’ height is measured using apples. The Smurfs are no taller than three apples while Hello Kitty is five-apples tall.

4. Smurfette wasn’t blonde in the beginning

dancing smurfette

Smurfette was magically created from clay by the evil wizard Gargamel who used her to infiltrate the Smurf village to cause trouble. In the beginning, she looked like a male Smurf in a dress and short black hair.

Even though she caused mayhem, the Smurfs treated her kindly so she wanted to stay in the village. She let Papa Smurf turn her into a Smurf using “plastic smurfery”. After the procedure, Smurfette’s hair turned long and blonde and she became pretty too.

Even after her transformation, Smurfette created trouble as every male Smurf in the village fell in love with her.

5. There is more than one female Smurf

Apart from Smurfette, did you know that there are three other female Smurfs who were introduced later in the series and in a Smurfs movie?

Female smurf Smurfette, Sassette and Nanny Smurf.
From left, Smurfette, Sassette and Nanny Smurf.

Sassette, a tomboy, was created by three little Smurflings (young Smurfs) to cheer up a sad Smurfette so that she wouldn’t be lonely anymore. But due to their small size, they only gathered enough blue clay to make a Smurfette that was two apples tall (which is the size of a Smurfling).

Nanny Smurf disappeared for 500 years when she was accidentally imprisoned by a haunted house called Castle Captor. When the haunted house returned, Grandpa Smurfs and other Smurfs rescued Nanny Smurf from Castle Captor before it disappeared again.

Vexy from The Smurfs 2
Vexy from The Smurfs 2

Vexy appeared in the movie The Smurfs 2. She was originally a Naughty created by Gargamel to kidnap Smurfette. At the end of the movie, she was turned into a Smurf.

Now that you know more about The Smurfs, here’s a chance to meet the little blue folks live (though they will be larger than life at more than three-apples tall) at Smurfs Live on Stage – Smurfs Save Spring. At the show, little ones will enjoy the dancing blue Smurfs while the adults can relive their childhood.

Watch Smurfs Live on Stage – Smurfs Save Spring

smurfs save spring
It’s every Smurf’s favourite time of year: Spring! This means it’s time for the annual Spring Parade. But which Smurf will be chosen as the Leader of this year’s Parade? If Gargamel has his way, there won’t be a parade at all. He comes up with a plan to trick Mother Nature, turning Spring off bit by bit, and catch the Smurfs in the process.

Will the Smurfs be able to save themselves? Will they save Mother Nature? Will they stop Gargamel from switching off Spring forever? Find out in this magical musical story where your favourite Smurfs are together, Live On Stage!

Get your tickets

Date: 12 – 13 Jun 2015

Time:
Fri: 3pm & 7pm
Sat: 11am, 3pm, 7pm

Venue: Resorts World™ Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa

Prices*:
Standard: S$120, S$95, S$75, S$65, S$45
Premier Box: S$130
Restricted View: S$75, S$45

Get your tickets at SISTIC or Resorts World Theatre

*Prices exclude SISTIC booking fee and handling charges. Terms and Conditions apply.

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