Smurfs celebrate their 50th Smurfday
23rd October, 1958, exactly 50 years ago a cartoonist Pierre Culliford who used a pen name of "Peyo" created "les Schtroumpfs" that went on to be known as Smurfs the world over. Over 10 million copies of Smurf CDs have been sold in the last 3 years alone. On Thursday 23rd October 2008 they will complete 50 years.
Happy Smurfday A site dedicated to celebrating Smurfday. UNICEF is hosting Celebrity Smurf Auctions across Europe.
"On Thursday 23 October 2008, the Smurfs will be exactly 50 years old. On that very
day, these 15 “Celebrity Smurfs” will be auctioned off to the highest bidder at Brussels Town Hall. All proceeds will go to UNICEF,which will use them for educational programmes for children."
* There are 101 Smurfs, including one rather charming if dippy girl, the Smurfette.
* The Smurfs are all three apples high and are constantly under attack by the wizard Gargamel, who symbolises the dark side of humanity.
* Since they cannot count on their physical strength or their extraordinary intelligence, Smurfs always rely on their solidarity to save them.
* The Smurf comic-strips were turned into a children's TV cartoon series by the Hanna-Barbera studio in Hollywood in the 1980s.
* Smurf comic books have sold 25,000,000 copies in 25 languages.
Source: USA Today: