Smurf-ier than ever: The Smurfs return with new adventures – and a new tribe
All-New Animated Series to debut on Nickelodeon in Asia on October 4, at 4pm
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Singapore, October 1 -- Blue and small, and standing only three apples tall, The Smurfs are set to make their debut on Nickelodeon in an all-new series premiering Monday, October 4. Fresh episodes will continue to roll out weekdays at 4pm.
The original CG-animated series marks the return of the globally renowned characters to television for the first time in nearly 40 years and follows Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty, Clumsy and the other inhabitants of Smurf Village on all-new adventures, packed with humour, heart and high-stakes action. That’s not all – joining them will be a new tribe of girl Smurfs, led by brave and wise matriarch Willow.
In the premiere episode, “Smurf-Fu,” when Smurfette rescues Brainy from a giant snake, the other Smurfs ask her to teach them “Smurf-Fu.” Next in, “Diaper Daddy,” when everyone is tired of changing Baby’s diapers, Handy decides to invent a robot that will do the job.
The Smurfs expands Nickelodeon’s growing portfolio of influential properties that already includes SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol, Blue’s Clues & You! and The Loud House. Other exciting titles making their way to screens across Asia include The Patrick Star Show, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years, Big Nate, the all-new animated Star Trek: Prodigy series and the Rugrats reboot.
The voice cast pushing the charm and absurdity of the original comics to even greater heights includes: David Freeman (7 Promises) as Papa Smurf, the father figure keeping the other Smurfs in line; Berangere McNeese (Matriochkas) as Smurfette, a curious Smurf who is always ready to take part in new adventures; Lenny Mark Irons (No Man’s Land) as Gargamel, a conniving human wizard with a bottomless thirst to capture Smurfs; Youssef El Kaoukibi (NRJ Belgium) as Brainy, who considers himself the smartest of the bunch; and Catherine Hershey (Boundary Games) as Willow, the brave and wise matriarch of a new tribe of girl Smurfs.
Fun facts about the Smurfs
- Smurfs stand at three apples high, and have tails as well!
- The addition of the all-new tribe of female Smurfs bumps the number of Smurfs up to 100, and each of them have their own unique personality! How many can you name?
- Sarsaparilla and Smurfberries are staple foods for the Smurfs in the original comics. Sarsaparilla, also known as sarsi locally, is said to taste similar to root beer! Have a sip and find out!
- Our little blue friends celebrate 63 years of zany adventures in 2021! The very first Smurfs comic “The Smurfs and The Magic Flute” was published in 19581.
- 1 Smurfs Haribo sweet is eaten each minute across the world.
- Similar to the word “can” in Singlish, the word “Smurf” in the Smurf language has limitless meanings! It can be used as a both a verb and a noun – how Smurfy is that?
The Smurfs CG-animated series acquisition is overseen by Layla Lewis, Senior Vice President, Global Acquisitions and Content Partnerships and Dana Cluverius, Senior Vice President, Current Series Animation for Nickelodeon.
The Smurfs is a Peyo Productions and Dupuis Audiovisuel production, in co-production with KiKA, Ketnet and RTBF, with the participation of TF1 and with the participation of Wallimage (La Wallonie), of Screen Flanders, of BNPPFFF and with the support of the Tax Shelter of the Belgian Government and the participation of the CNC.
© Peyo Productions - Dupuis Édition & Audiovisuel - Dargaud Media - KiKA - KETNET - RTBF.be - 2021
About Peyo, LAFIG Belgium/IMPS (International Merchandising Promotions & Services)
IMPS, together with LAFIG Belgium, are the official licensors of the little blue-skinned characters ‘The Smurfs.’ Over the years, IMPS has worked in close collaboration with its agents worldwide to develop successful licensed merchandising, retail and co-branded promotions, publishing activities, broadcasting deals, theme parks, live shows and family entertainment centers that have secured the everlasting success of the Smurfs. IMPS is run by Véronique Culliford, the daughter of Pierre Culliford, the creator of the Smurfs, who is better known under his pseudonym Peyo. Véronique has run IMPS since 1984 and controls with LAFIG Belgium the rights to the Smurfs characters and the Smurfs licensing worldwide.
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