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The Return Of The Smurfs

Postby Ian on Tue Jan 15, 2008 9:18 am

The Smurfs are coming back this year. They're getting their own movie and we'll see more girl characters.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080114/wl_ ... murfs_dc_2

Envisaged as secondary characters for a single cartoon album, the blue gnomes widely known as the Smurfs will celebrate their 50th anniversary this year with a movie deal and an invasion of new female characters.

Smurfs -- known in the original Belgian comic strip as Schtroumpfs -- may only be as tall as three apples and do little more than forage for food and mend the village dam, but the business they have created in over 30 languages is put at some $4 billion, generating $5-12 million in royalties per year.

They will mark 50 years with a series of new comic adventures, statuettes, an exhibition at Brussels' cartoon museum, a set of commemorative stamps and, in a reflection of changing times, more females in their mushroom cottage village.

Blond-haired Smurfette, originally created by evil sorcerer Gargamel to foster jealous rivalry in the community, has been the single love interest for almost every other Smurf for years.

"There have been dramatic changes in socio-cultural values in the past 20 to 25 years," Hendrik Coysman, head of Smurf rights holder IMPS told a news conference on Monday. "One of these is girl empowerment."

"So, there will be a greater female presence in the Smurf village and this will, of course, be a basis for new stories and this will probably turn upside down certain traditional situations within the village."
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Postby LoneWolf on Tue Jan 15, 2008 1:59 pm

Heck no.

The Smurfs are like that time you went way too far on (insert alcoholic beverage here), and, as a result, you can never look at that beverage, ever, ever again.

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Postby Ian on Tue Jan 15, 2008 2:48 pm

I watched Smurfs A LOT when I was a kid. Looking back, they were kinda lame, but they were a pretty good cartoon at the time. I hope they don't do something like make them super heroes or create new characters like Emo Smurf.
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Postby Wesociety on Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:32 pm

I was a smurf watcher! I'll keep an eye out for the movie...
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Postby Grain on Tue Jan 15, 2008 4:44 pm

LoneWolf wrote:Heck no.

The Smurfs are like that time you went way too far on (insert alcoholic beverage here), and, as a result, you can never look at that beverage, ever, ever again.

(shudder)


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Postby LoneWolf on Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:16 am

Grain wrote:
LoneWolf wrote:Heck no.

The Smurfs are like that time you went way too far on (insert alcoholic beverage here), and, as a result, you can never look at that beverage, ever, ever again.

(shudder)


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Postby Ian on Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:21 am

Tequila for me. The smell by itself gives me bad memories.

Maybe we'll see Boozie Smurf?
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Wed Jan 16, 2008 12:51 pm

I've never actually abused any form of alcohol so much that it became ruined for me.... now MARZIPAN on the other hand, I just can't stand anymore :(
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Postby Wesociety on Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:48 pm

2007/2008 = the years of the remakes

I just read the original article. Looks like this will be a 3-D animation movie made by Dreamworks.
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Postby MediumRare on Wed Jan 16, 2008 2:52 pm

Hamilton's Australian Sauternes. Does it still exist? it was almost as sweet as sacramental wine. Image
dolphinius_rex wrote:now MARZIPAN on the other hand, I just can't stand anymore :(

Ah yes, there was some discussion on this a while ago.

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Postby JamieW on Wed Jan 16, 2008 3:30 pm

Jack Daniels. Can't drink any whiskey as a result of that night.
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Postby LoneWolf on Thu Jan 17, 2008 4:34 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote:I've never actually abused any form of alcohol so much that it became ruined for me.... now MARZIPAN on the other hand, I just can't stand anymore :(

I can't believe you could stand marzipan in the first place. My sister brought me some back from Germany some years ago, from whichever town the marzipan capital of the world happens to be. It was shaped like a castle of some sort, and while I remembered not liking marzipan much, I had a day where there was no food in the house, and I was very hungry...

Never again. Not even if I'm starving --well, maybe if I'm going to die from starvation, but otherwise, never again.
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