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The Smurfs at Coachella


The Smurfs are celebrating their 50th anniversary (and promoting their recent DVD release) with a party at Coachella, the big California desert music festival taking place on April 25th-27th. There will be a Smurfs Village set up, with Good Charlotte and “Vanity Smurf” (supposedly Paris Hilton) DJing the opening party. Local graffiti artists are drawing their own Smurfs for the party.

I will personally be nowhere near this. It sounds like my worst nightmare.

(Thanks, Faran Krentcil)

  • Ray P

    Sounds like a SoCal event to me.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    All to celebrate why guys my age had any shred of fondness for it!

  • Keith Paynter

    Personally, I’d rather visit the Coachella Valley and the big Carrot Festival, therein…can you direct me?

  • I am pretty Smurf-Stupid….all I know is the H-B tv show (which was, quite honestly, pretty good!) What (and where) is its (50!-year) history!? I am dying to know the origins that wayyyy prelude the pop tv-show!

  • Newt

    The Gilroy, California Garlic Festival has this Smurf thing whipped.

  • I don’t know about the Smurf section, but Coachella itself is quite awesome. Single day passes are sold out (and have been for some time) but you can still get three day passes.

  • red pill junkie

    “…with Good Charlotte and “Vanity Smurf” (supposedly Paris Hilton) DJing the opening party”

    Well, we all knew Smurfette was a ho, so I guess having Hilton is more than fitting ;-)

  • Chris Sobieniak

    For people like Uncle Wayne, it should be of note that the Smurfs originated in a Belgian comic series back in 1958 drawn by Pierre “Peyo” Culliford. Though originally they were characters in another series that was produced at the time, “Johan et Pirlouit” (Johan & Peewit), they would go on to their own comic series and other things that followed in the decades go come. An early animated adaptation of The Smurfs was seen in the mid 60’s as a black & white feature based on animation previously developed for television, but a color feature would be released in 1976 based on their first appearance, this film would get a US release around ’83.

    More info could be found online such as with Wikipedia as usual (hopefully it’s all correct)…

  • PCUnfunny

    Damn ! I so wanted to make this. Oh why oh why did I plan to watch paint dry on the same days !

  • Don’t they know that young people use drugs at these music festivals!? This sounds like a dangerous and deadly mix.

    (Am I the only one living in southern California who didn’t know that Bugs Bunny added an extra syllable to Coachella {and the giant carrot festival therein}?)

  • Kyle Maloney

    whatever happened to that supposed smurfs CGI movie?

  • Pedro Nakama

    Sounds great Jerry! You bring the Jello-shots and ecstasy and I’ll bring the glow-sticks!

  • Jayster

    “I will personally be nowhere near this. It sounds like my worst nightmare.”

    This is the funniest post that’s ever been on Cartoon Brew. Thanks for the laugh.

  • Think of all the people on drugs who are going to be running around there. Somehow it makes sense, but it sounds like something you’d wake up sweaty and scared from…

  • Richard

    As they take the drugs, they’ll realise that Smurfs is actually a decent show.

    Isn’t that what the network execs did?

  • The Smurfs in their original French comics looked cute—but in behavior represented a microcosm of irony-laden humanity. Some stories involved Gargamel and were fairly straightforward comedy adventures, but others featured Smurf civil war, Smurf lust and even Smurf fascism (in “King Smurf,” arguably Gargamel’s masterpiece).
    As redeveloped for TV, this Asterix-Tolkein-Li’l Abner brew was initially still close enough to its comics incarnation to be recognizable, but already had essentially every adult-oriented theme disguised or stripped out.
    Peyo himself mentioned that Brainy Smurf originally represented the political toady who would stick up for any power figure in exchange for a chance to feel important himself. It was sheer luck, Peyo implied, that this dangerous figure happened to live in a village ruled by a benevolent man.

    Like Mickey Mouse, the Smurfs garnered their present childish reputation by eventually falling into the hands of those who would have them act as cuddly as they looked. Pity.

  • Corrado (Anthony)

    The smurfette show from TV Funhouse years ago was one of the funniest Funhouses they’ve ever done. I still laugh at Papa Smurf correcting Smurfette by using “smurf” instead of profanities.

  • Chris Sobieniak

    Thanks for the insight David. I remember only ever enjoying the earlier seasons of the Smurfs when it did try to stick closer to the books in some episodes. Having read some of those, I can see just how more mature the content had been when they were drawn years prior to the H-B cartoon, and the way it transformed our perception of the characters from then on (not to mention the Communism references people still want to bring up constantly).

  • Paris looks more like Smurfette than she does Vanity.