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The Late Movies: Watch 6 Full Episodes of The Smurfs

The Smurfs—those lovable little blue imps from 1980s TV—began as a Belgian comic and television franchise. They were created and introduced as a series of comic strips by Belgian cartoonist Peyo, who went by the name Pierre Culliford, on October 23, 1958. Later, they became an American sensation when the Hanna-Barbera cartoon hit the airwaves [...]

19 Amazing Facts About Stuff We Saw at Toys R Us

Over on Instagram, we’ve been taking pictures of things and offering up slightly amusing facts about them. So far we’ve toured a grocery store and public library. Next up: Toys R Us! For our latest field trip, I dragged along my three-year-old daughter Charlotte. She was paid in coloring books and a Bubble Guppies DVD. This [...]

Smurfingly Smurftastic Facts About The Smurfs

While those of you with kids might have gone to see the Smurfs movie, I’m assuming the rest of you haven’t. From what I’ve heard, you aren’t missing much if you haven’t seen it, but I can’t talk from first-hand experience because I haven’t gone either. Regardless of what you think of the new movie, [...]

The Origin of the Word "Smurf"

Or, should I say, the origin of the word “Schtroumpf”. This was the name that Belgian cartoonist Pierré Culliford gave to his little blue creations in the original French-language comics. Culliford invented the word while trying to ask for a dining companion to pass the salt: Culliford, for some reason, could not remember how to say [...]

The Quick 10: 10 Smurfy Smurfs Facts

Here at MF, we’re taking a break from our regularly-scheduled Halloween posts to bring you this public service announcement: it was 51 years ago this week that The Smurfs were first introduced to our pop culture vernacular. I thought it seemed like a pretty worthy reason to break the spooky string of posts, and anyway, [...]