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THE SMURFS 12-Hour Marathon On Boomerang

[Press Release - Released by Boomerang] The Smurfs Honor Presidents' Day on Boomerang Emmy Award-Winning Cartoon Spotlighted in 12-hour Marathon on Monday, Feb. 15 In 1981, a decidedly new cartoon debuted on NBC's Saturday morning lineup. Based on a 1957 Belgian comic strip, The Smurfs made television history following its premiere by becoming the highest-rated Saturday morning show in eight years, and the NBC's highest-rated animated series since 1970. Nearly 30 years later, the commercial-free Boomerang Network will celebrate this ground-breaking series with a 12-hourmarathon on Monday, Feb. 15, beginning at 8 a.m. (ET). The Smurfs follows the lives of little blue people who live in mushrooms. Led by wise magician Papa Smurf, the eclectic crew includes such characters as Brainy, Vanity, Hefty, Clumsy and Smurfette (the only female Smurf), a happy bunch threatened only by the evil wizard Gargamel and his cat Azrael. For nine years on broadcast television, the series chronicled various adventures in Smurf Village, including Gargamel's multiple failed attempts to rid the world ofthe Smurfs altogether. "The children who grew up watching The Smurfs are now having children of their own," said Stacy Isenhower, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Boomerang and Cartoon Network. "Boomerang's Presidents' Daymarathon is a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy this classic-both again or for the first time." Highlights of the 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. marathon include the following episodes: * "Sir Hefty" - 8 a.m. (ET) - A giant fire-breathing dragon roams the forest, torching the trees as it passes. Hefty must fight the fires and defend Smurf Village. He leads the dragon away and is knighted "Sir Hefty Knight of the Smurf Table" by Papa Smurf. *· "Three Smurfketeers" - 1 p.m. (ET) - The Smurfs put on a play where Hefty, Jokey, and Greedy play the three musketeers, helping Clumsy Smurfingham win Smurfette Smurfington's hand in marriage. *. "The Haunted Castle" - 3:30 p.m. (ET) - Johan and Peewit, a young squire and his sidekick, join the Smurfs to help a ghost of a haunted castle find his rightful heir. *· "The Littlest Giant" - 6 p.m. (ET) - Papa Smurf helps a young runaway giant reunite with his own family. Source Here


SOURCE TAKEN FROM BBCNEWS Scooby Doo maker takes on Smurfs People dressed as Smurfs The world record for the largest number people dressed as Smurfs was broken in Wales last month Scooby Doo director Raja Gosnell has signed up to make the animated Smurfs movie, according to trade paper The Hollywood Reporter. Producer Jordan Kerne, who has been working on the as-yet-untitled film for seven years, said Gosnell is a "brilliant director". He added that Gosnell has a "deft touch in blending the worlds of physical comedy and honest emotion". The film, set for release next year, will be shown in 3D and 2D formats. "Our three-apple-high heroes are in good hands, and we feel absolutely positively Smurfy to be working with him," Kerne said. Gosnell also directed last year's movie Beverly Hills Chihuahua, starring Drew Barrymore. The movie combined live actors and settings with photorealistic animated talking animals such as dogs and rats. It is thought the Smurfs movie will also combine live action and animation. David Stem and David Weiss, who penned the second and third Shrek movies, are expected to write the film. The small blue Smurf characters first appeared 50 years ago and were created by Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford, known as Peyo. Well-loved characters such as Papa Smurf, Smurfette and the villainous Gargamel are expected to be included in the movie. Last year it was revealed that studios Columbia and Sony had scooped the film rights to the original 1958 Belgian comic book series - which later became a TV show.