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BigPapaSmurf
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Posted - 12/19/2006 :  06:39:01  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message
RIP Joe Barbera, the Creator of that which is smurfy, You were a God to all my little smurfs. And your other Cartoons werent too bad either, though Smurfs who believe in them go the Hell.

Heres some fun skeptic tidbits about Smurfs from Wikipedia...

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Satanic rumors
Some Americans have labeled the Smurfs as Satanic because the cartoons allegedly celebrate the use of magic and sorcery. David Bay, Director of Old Paths Ministries, said that Smurfs are "Anti-God and pro-Satan".[6] In In Pursuit of Satan: The Police and the Occult (1991), Robert Dicks notes that Detective Don Rimmer of Virginia Beach, Virginia ("a Christian father of two") lectured church groups that "Papa Smurf, a seemingly innocuous cartoon character, has appeared in several television episodes wearing a pentagram, symbolic of satanic worship."[7]

During 1983, rumors of the Smurfs' satanic activities spread across Puerto Rico.[citation needed] Those who believed the theory claimed seeing Smurfs below plants in their houses, next to their beds, dressed as the devil, and so on. The rumors spread through Latin America, where people went so far as to claim that small, demon-like Smurfs propagated through their recorded albums and attacked those who would play their music. This was very much in tune with the prevalent belief of the 1980s of satanic propagation through record music, as many rock bands made open references to satanism in their work.


Smurfs and communism
Main article: The Smurfs and communism
It is now argued by some that Peyo meant to spread communist ideas through smurf cartoons. [2] S.M.U.R.F. is translated by supporters of this theory as "Socialist Men Under Red Father" or "Soviet Men Under Red Father", however both of these theories disregard the fact that the Smurfs' original name is "Schtroumpfs", "Smurf" being merely a translation after the fact. The Red Father in the cartoon is Papa Smurf, who wears a red hat and trousers. It is also noted that Papa Smurf might be a representation of Karl Marx because of his similar looking beard.

An analysis of the symbolism of the smurfs also can point to that theory. Smurfs live in a village with rules similar to that of a communist society including sharing of everything by everyone, absence of currency, equality (symbolized by similar clothing), everyone more or less serving a functional and necessary purpose in the community, etc. Gargamel is said to represent capitalism with particular emphasis being made on his greediness, especially his desire to transform the smurfs into gold.



I find the part about the Satanic albums most amusing, I wonder if that evil Scientologist Chick Corea is working for Xenu after all...
http://www.amazon.com/Friends-Chick-Corea/dp/B000008AND
Corea Smurf Album cover.

HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2006 :  07:00:10   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
As a kid, I was not a fan of the Hannah-Barbera cartoons. I felt the limited action animation was a big step down from the old theatrical cartoons I'd seen on TV. Perhaps way too serious, I deeply resented the cheapening of animation. And the writing and plot lines for Yogi, Flintstones, Jetsons, etc., I felt even then, to be moronic and uninspired. But each to their own; the Hanna-Barbera empire was very successful.

I always thought the Smurfs were pretty cool, though. Even though they came along a bit late for me. Hilarious stuff about fundies and others accusing the Smurfs of being commy-satanists! And the idea that people anywhere started to believe in the existence of evil smurf-demons running around is a testament to the capacity of humans for credulity.


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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pleco
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Posted - 12/19/2006 :  07:40:49   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit pleco's Homepage Send pleco a Private Message
So when I go before God the Father and He asks, "Why did you turn away from me?" my reply can be:

"The Smurfs did it."

And all will be forgiven. Amen.

by Filthy
The neo-con methane machine will soon be running at full fart.
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BigPapaSmurf
SFN Die Hard

3192 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2006 :  07:50:51   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send BigPapaSmurf a Private Message
Hmm I was wondering if perhaps the "Small demon-like Smurfs" reported in Latin America were in fact.... Evil blue fairies from the moon! It is the logical conclusion.

"...things I have neither seen nor experienced nor heard tell of from anybody else; things, what is more, that do not in fact exist and could not ever exist at all. So my readers must not believe a word I say." -Lucian on his book True History

"...They accept such things on faith alone, without any evidence. So if a fraudulent and cunning person who knows how to take advantage of a situation comes among them, he can make himself rich in a short time." -Lucian critical of early Christians c.166 AD From his book, De Morte Peregrini
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perrodetokio
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Posted - 12/27/2006 :  08:07:52   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send perrodetokio a Private Message
Werenīt the smurfs created by Peyo? Arenīt they originally french and spoke with harsh sounding voices? And wasnīt Joe Barbera the producer?

Soooo many questions!

Salud

"Yes I have a belief in a creator/God but do not know that he exists." Bill Scott

"They are still mosquitoes! They did not turn into whales or lizards or anything else. They are still mosquitoes!..." Bill Scott

"We should have millions of missing links or transition fossils showing a fish turning into a philosopher..." Bill Scott
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Valiant Dancer
Forum Goalie

USA
4826 Posts

Posted - 12/27/2006 :  21:24:50   [Permalink]  Show Profile  Visit Valiant Dancer's Homepage Send Valiant Dancer a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by perrodetokio

Werenīt the smurfs created by Peyo? Arenīt they originally french and spoke with harsh sounding voices? And wasnīt Joe Barbera the producer?

Soooo many questions!

Salud



Peyo is correct. I believe he's Finnish.

Although, I love UNICEF's Smurfegeddon ad campaign.

Cthulhu/Asmodeus when you're tired of voting for the lesser of two evils

Brother Cutlass of Reasoned Discussion
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HalfMooner
Dingaling

Philippines
15831 Posts

Posted - 12/27/2006 :  21:57:16   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send HalfMooner a Private Message
Peyo was a French-speaking Belgian.


Biology is just physics that has begun to smell bad.” —HalfMooner
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beskeptigal
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USA
3834 Posts

Posted - 12/28/2006 :  01:16:50   [Permalink]  Show Profile Send beskeptigal a Private Message
Old Smurf buildings sell for big bucks on Ebay. Hundred bucks or more for the windmill house. The Halloween Smurfs are popular as well.

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