Global Smurfs™ Day Returns Saturday, June 22, 2013 (2023)

CULVER CITY, Calif., June 10, 2013 - On Saturday, June 22, 2013, in celebration of the birthday of Peyo, the creator of the Smurfs (born June 25, 1928), Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation will once again coordinate events all over the world as part of Global Smurfs Day, a worldwide event in anticipation of the release of The Smurfs™ 2, in theaters July 31, it was announced today by Marc Weinstock, president, Worldwide Marketing for Sony Pictures.

This will be the second celebration of Global Smurfs Day in what is quickly becoming a tradition. In 2011, the round-the-world events included painting one of the famous White Towns of Andalusia blue and setting a new record for Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Smurfs within a 24-hour Period (Multiple Venues).

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This year, the studio has lined up an equally impressive program of events, highlighted by a worldwide Smurf Ambassadors initiative, in which over 40 ambassadors from 28 countries will represent Smurfs fans from around the world with a special day of events celebrating Peyo's creation. The ambassadors - celebrities, prominent journalists, and contest winners among them - will dress as Smurfs as they begin their day in Brussels, where Peyo's daughter Veronique Culliford will officially appoint them as Smurf representatives of their countries. The fun-filled (if irreverent) ceremony will take place under the watchful eye of an important Brussels monument: a Smurf statue unveiled just a year before. Freshly charged with their ambassadorial duties, the group will board a Thalys train and shoot off to Paris, the locale of the adventures in Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures Animation's The Smurfs 2. With a few surprises in store and a sightseeing tour of the French capital, the ambassadors will be tasked with a mission that is the stuff of high diplomacy: to leave a happy trail of blue smiles in their wake, and herald the arrival of the new film.

The Ambassadors will also be taking photos and posting them on Instagram with the hashtag #GlobalSmurfsDay. The Ambassadors' photos will stream to the official Global Smurfs Day microsite at, where users can also virtually check in to Global Smurfs Day activities and find information about all worldwide events, official photos, and a sizzle reel.

Festivals and celebrations will be dedicated to the Smurfs in locations as far and away as the Buenos Aires Planetarium, Mumbai's Imagica theme park, and Rio de Janeiro's iconic Sugarloaf Mountain. Blue brushes will brighten Portugal's Cova da Moura neighborhood and paint daycare centers and orphanages in South Africa. In Australia, Surfers Paradise will officially become Smurfers Paradise for the day, with local signage to match. Moscow's famed Gorky Park and Dublin's Ha'Penny Bridge will be covered in smurf-blue flowers. Smurfs will visit children's hospitals and media centers; invade Warsaw's Old City Square; engage in sand sculpture marathons; run Smurfathons around the world; and kick off a massive sing-along with the group Right Said Fred in London. And in Los Angeles, families will enjoy the day with appearances by the Smurfs, play the Ubisoft video game, sample Menchie's Smurfberry frozen yogurt, and participate in other fun activities; in addition, the U.S. Forest Service and Ad Council's Discover the Forest campaign will be on hand to distribute activity booklets and encourage children and their families to get outside and experience the many benefits of nature, and in the evening, families will be able to catch the first Smurfs film at an evening outdoor screening.

Commenting on the announcement, Weinstock said, "We're thrilled that we can continue the tradition we started on the first film with an all-new Global Smurfs Day celebration. This is a great way to honor Peyo's birthday and his legacy, by bringing the world together across generations for a day of fun and festivities."

In this sequel to Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures Animation's hybrid live action/animated family blockbuster comedy The Smurfs™, the evil wizard Gargamel creates a couple of mischievous Smurf-like creatures called the Naughties that he hopes will let him harness the all-powerful, magical Smurf-essence. But when he discovers that only a real Smurf can give him what he wants, and only a secret spell that Smurfette knows can turn the Naughties into real Smurfs, Gargamel kidnaps Smurfette and brings her to Paris, where he has been winning the adoration of millions as the world's greatest sorcerer. It's up to Papa, Clumsy, Grouchy, and Vanity to return to our world, reunite with their human friends Patrick and Grace Winslow, and rescue her! Will Smurfette, who has always felt different from the other Smurfs, find a new connection with the Naughties Vexy and Hackus or will the Smurfs convince her that their love for her is True Blue? The film is directed by Raja Gosnell and produced by Jordan Kerner. The screenplay is by J. David Stem & David N. Weiss and Jay Scherick & David Ronn and Karey Kirkpatrick with a story by J. David Stem & David N. Weiss & Jay Scherick & David Ronn, Based on the Characters and Works of Peyo.

About the Smurfs
The story of the Smurfs - a property created by Peyo - started in 1958 with the creation of comic books which were later brought to both the big and small screen. Over the years, the little blue characters haven't just limited themselves to the page and the screen. They have inspired records and CDs that have sold millions of copies, entire collections of figurines and toys, and many more products. In all, more than 3,000 derived products have been produced and leading brands and companies have spread their messages worldwide with the help of the Smurfs. A multitude of new projects appear regularly, thus making the success of the Smurfs planetary!

About Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) is a subsidiary of Sony Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Corporation. SPE's global operations encompass motion picture production, acquisition and distribution; television production, acquisition and distribution; television networks; digital content creation and distribution; operation of studio facilities; and development of new entertainment products, services and technologies. For additional information, go to

About Sony Pictures Animation
Sony Pictures Animation produces a variety of animated entertainment for audiences around the world. The studio is following its worldwide comedy hits - the 2012 monster hit comedy Hotel Transylvania, the 2011 hybrid live action/animated blockbuster The Smurfs, and the 2009 mouth-watering Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs - with The Smurfs 2 in July 2013, and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 in September 2013. Sony Pictures Animation, in conjunction with Aardman Animations, has produced two critically acclaimed feature films: the CG-animated family comedy Arthur Christmas; and the Academy Award® nominated stop-frame animated high-seas adventure, The Pirates! Band of Misfits. In 2007, Surf's Up also received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Animated Feature Film. The division, whose first feature film Open Season led to a very successful movie franchise, turned 10 in 2012. Sony Pictures Animation is an operating unit of Sony Pictures Digital Productions.


About Lafig Belgium S.A.
Lafig Belgium is the owner of the rights to produce audio-visual works based on the Smurf universe and of the Smurf worldwide licensing rights (together with IMPS). Lafig Belgium is controlled by the heirs of Pierre Culliford, better known under his pseudonym Peyo, the author/creator of the Smurfs. For 50 years, the Culliford family has controlled the Smurf characters and all licenses worldwide.

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What day is Smurf Day? ›

Every year on the Saturday closest to June 25th, Global Smurfs Day celebrates these little blue cartoon characters.

Where do Smurfs come from? ›

According to the 2011 Smurfs movie, Smurfs are native to the European country of Belgium and were originally known by their French name Schtroumpfs, as documented in-universe by Peyo.

What year did the Smurfs come out? ›

The Smurfs were created in 1958 by Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford, better known by his pen name "Peyo” who was born in Brussels on 25th June 1928. The original Smurf comics were published in French and later translated into Dutch, English, German, and Spanish.

What are grey Smurfs? ›

The Grey Smurfs are the negative duplicates of the Smurfs who appeared in the comic book The Smurf Menace. The Gray Smurfs were so named due to the darker tone of the Smurf clothes they wear.

How old is a Smurf? ›

Most Smurfs are said to be about 100 years old, but at the advanced age of 546 (553 in the 1980s series episode "The Littlest Giant"), Papa is the oldest Smurf and the leader of all Smurfs. Despite his age, he is still quite energetic.

Why are Smurfs blue? ›

According to Peyo's biographer, Stéphane Rozenberg, the decision to change their color was made by Peyo's son Nicolas and animation director European Productions. They thought that blue would be more fitting for a fantasy creature than white.

Why do Smurfs turn black? ›

As he works on chopping down his first tree, that Smurf gets stung by a fly known as the Bzz Fly that turns his skin jet black, drives him insane and reduces his vocabulary to the single word "Gnap!".

Why do Smurfs wear white? ›

Why do Smurfs wear a white cap? The Smurfs wear Phrygian caps, which came to represent freedom during the modern era.

Are there girl Smurfs? ›

Smurfette is the main protagonist and a female Smurf who was created by Gargamel. She originally had black hair, though when Papa Smurf made her into a Smurf, her hair became blonde. Before the smurflings created Sassette, Smurfette was the only female smurf in the Smurf village.

How old can Smurfs live? ›

In mainstream Smurfs media, the Smurfs have longer life spans than humans, with young Smurfs maturing from infancy to adulthood in 100 to 150 years, according to the media universe. Papa Smurf was originally the longest-lived among them at 542 or 546 years of age, with Grandpa Smurf being twice his son's age.

Do Smurfs have hair? ›

All naturally born Smurfs are bald. Only Smurfette and Sassette, who were created by magic and are female, have hair. Gargamel's cat Azrael is named after the angel of death in Hebrew and Islamic traditions.

Do purple Smurfs exist? ›

The Purple Smurfs made their first appearance in "The Purple Smurfs". They are based on the original comic books' Black Smurfs, who first appeared in the comic book story "The Black Smurfs".

Can Smurfs be black? ›

In the original comic version of "The Purple Smurfs" (titled "Les Schtroumpfs noirs" or "The Black Smurfs" in English) the bitten Smurfs were black-skinned. The color change in the cartoon version was done to eliminate any racist connotation.

What is a Purple Smurf? ›

Purple Smurfs are basically Smurfs who have been infected with the "purple disease" by either a purple fly or by another Purple Smurf, usually by biting him or her in the tail. A Purple Smurf usually hops around with gritted teeth, making "gnap gnap gnap" noises and searching for his or her next victim.

How old is black Smurf? ›

Who is the only female Smurf? ›

Smurfette (French: La Schtroumpfette) is one of the protagonists from the comic strip The Smurfs. Smurfette was created by the evil wizard Gargamel, the Smurfs' archenemy, in order to spy on them and sow jealousy.

Was Smurfette a boy? ›

At first, Smurfette looks like a male Smurf with scraggly black hair, a large nose, and rather surly eyes, the only thing separating her from the rest being her white dress; not exactly the attractive temptress that Gargamel tried to create.

Can Smurfs be red? ›

The multi-colored Smurfs appeared in The Egg and the Smurfs. They are a trio of ordinary Smurfs who use the magic egg to wish to be other colors instead of blue: one becomes yellow, one red and the other one becomes purple with green stripes.

Which Smurf is angry? ›

Grouchy (original French name Schtroumpf Grognon) is one of the main characters of the Smurfs comic books, the 1980s Smurfs cartoon show, and the 2021 Smurfs cartoon show.

How many Smurfs are girls? ›

We really wanted to stay true to Peyo's original creation, and the fact that there's 99 Smurfs and one girl is part of the lore.

What is black Smurfs real name? ›

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His real name is unknown, but he goes by his stage name Black Smurf or HustleGod. He has had great success as a solo rap artist with hits such as 'Fully Hydrated,' 'Brooklyn,' '$moke Break,' and 'Grayscale.

How did the Smurfs get a baby? ›

During a blue moon night, a stork leaves a baby Smurf at the door of a Smurf house and leaves. The Smurfs quickly hand the baby to one another until he ends up with Smurfette. The next day, all the Smurfs converge to see the baby, save for Grouchy Smurf, who hates baby Smurfs.

Are Smurfs male or female? ›

Since the mainstream Smurfs are by nature a single-gendered race, natural-born Smurfs are mostly male, with female Smurfs being magical creations. Strangely in the cartoon show, Baby Smurf's gender is rarely if ever revealed in any interpersonal conversation among the adult Smurfs.

Why is Smurf called Smurf? ›

However, according to Peyo, the original author of the Smurfs comic strip, the term and the accompanying language of the Smurfs came during a meal he had with his colleague and friend André Franquin at the Belgian Coast. Having momentarily forgotten the word "salt", Peyo asked him (in French) to pass the schtroumpf.

Why does Papa Smurf wear red? ›

The red Phrygian cap — like the one worn by Papa Smurf — was specifically a symbol of the French Revolution, and during the Reign of Terror, it was used to denote adherence to the violent new regime.

Is the Smurfs inappropriate? ›

Parents need to know that although there's nothing overtly upsetting in The Smurfs, you can expect some potty-type humor and some cartoonishly violent scenes involving bad guy Gargamel and his cat Azrael in this adaptation of the beloved childhood cartoon. But no one is ever seriously hurt, and the Smurfs…

Which Smurf has a tattoo? ›

In mainstream Smurfs media, Hefty is the only known Smurf character who has a tattoo mark, a heart (or a heart with an arrow shot through it) that appears on either or both upper arms.

Who is Smurfette's boyfriend? ›

Hefty has a secret, yet obvious crush on Smurfette. Hefty meets Smurfette for the first time in "The Smurfette". In the 1981 TV series episode "The Smurfette", he is shown to have been the first Smurf to meet her after she was created by Gargamel.

Is there a sleepy Smurf? ›

Lazy (original French name Schtroumpf Paresseux) is one of the main characters of the Smurfs comic books, the 1980s Smurfs cartoon show, and the 2021 Smurfs cartoon show.

Who is Smurfs first born? ›

Biography. Julia Cody was born alongside her twin brother, Andrew, on June 28, 1977, to mother Janine “Smurf” Cody and father Colin. She is the eldest child of her mother, Smurf, the older twin of Andrew and the older half-sister of Craig and Deran. She also has an older adoptive brother named Barry Blackwell.

How old is granny Smurf? ›

Her age in human years is between 83-86 years old, which seems to be the same age as Grandpa Smurf.

Who is the youngest Smurf? ›

Baby Smurf (original French name Bébé Schtroumpf) is one of the main characters of the 1981 Smurfs cartoon show and the 2021 Smurfs cartoon show. He is a minor character in the Smurfs comic books.

Do Smurfs have teeth? ›

As with humans, Smurfs have two sets of teeth, the baby teeth that emerge during infancy, and the adult teeth that emerge as a Smurf grows into an adult.

Can Smurfs get married? ›

Due to the Smurfs being a race of two genders in the EMPATH: The Luckiest Smurf story series, marriages are part of their culture, though the last known case of any Smurfs marrying prior to the present time in the series was when Papa Smurf's fellow Smurfs had all married and became parents of Empath's generation of ...

Are Smurfs shirtless? ›

Indeed, Snappy and Slouchy are the only known Smurfs to wear shirts. But sometimes, Smurfs wear shirts for special occasions.

Why did they start calling her Smurf? ›

It's called smurfing due to two very good players in a game called Warcraft II. Players would simply avoid playing them if they saw their usernames, so they created new accounts to combat this, choosing “PapaSmurf” and “Smurfette” and the term has stuck since.

What does the blue moon mean in the Smurfs? ›

A blue moon is a rare astronomical event of second appearance of the full-moon during one month, usually with the moon turning blue. In the comic books and the 1980s cartoon show, it is used to indicate when a baby Smurf is about to be delivered to the Smurf Village.

What is the Smurf cuss word? ›

The Smurfs Fanon Wiki prohibits the use of most common human profanities in articles and stories, although "damn" and "hell" are considered somewhat acceptable. Smurf characters are relegated to using the word "smurf" as their common form of profanity.

What is the female Smurf called? ›

Smurfette is the main protagonist and a female Smurf who was created by Gargamel. She originally had black hair, though when Papa Smurf made her into a Smurf, her hair became blonde. Before the smurflings created Sassette, Smurfette was the only female smurf in the Smurf village.

What does Smurf mean for girl? ›

The "Smurfette," or sole female cast member, has been understood to typically have a stereotypical role of a romantic partner, a “brooding badass,” or exists to deflate the tension of an all-male cast.

Why is there a black Smurf? ›

He is the first Smurf other than Papa Smurf to be identified by name. In the original comic version of "The Purple Smurfs" (titled "Les Schtroumpfs noirs" or "The Black Smurfs" in English) the bitten Smurfs were black-skinned. The color change in the cartoon version was done to eliminate any racist connotation.

Why is there only one female Smurf? ›

"Part of [Smurfs creator] Peyo's creation is that there's one female Smurf in the village. We really wanted to stay true to Peyo's original creation, and the fact that there's 99 Smurfs and one girl is part of the lore. We didn't want to just say, 'Let's throw another girl Smurf in there, just because. '"

Why is Smurf in jail? ›

Baz tells Smurf that he robbed her storage unit. Suspecting that things may go awry with Baz, Smurf prepares J to have her power of attorney should it become necessary. Baz calls the cops on Smurf, who is arrested in connection to Javi's murder. Baz reveals the contents of Smurf's storage unit to the boys.

Why are some Smurfs grey? ›

The Gray Smurfs were negative duplicates of the original Smurfs that were created by Papa Smurf in order to get his little Smurfs under control and not fighting with themselves all the time. They first appeared in the comic book story "The Smurf Menace".

Is Papa Smurf blue? ›

Paul Karason was known as 'Papa Smurf' due to his blue skin. The change in his skin colour happened after he took dietary supplements as part of dermatitis treatment. He observed the change after having the supplements for about a decade. His skin colour made him an overnight internet sensation.

How did the Smurfs turn blue? ›

In French, they were called “les Schtroumpfs,” a reference to a dinner during which Culliford, who couldn't remember the term for salt, asked his table mate to pass the “schtroumpf.” Culliford's wife, the Belgian colorist Janine Culliford, was the person who gave the Smurfs their iconic blue color, according to The ...

Why is Smurfette blue? ›

According to Peyo's biographer, Stéphane Rozenberg, the decision to change their color was made by Peyo's son Nicolas and animation director European Productions. They thought that blue would be more fitting for a fantasy creature than white.


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