10 Facts About Smurfs You Probably Didn’t Know


Definition of the word Smurf

  • The word “Smurf” is the original Dutch translation of the French “Schtroumpf”, which is a word invented by Belgian artist Peyo during a meal with fellow cartoonist André Franquin, when he could not remember the word salt.

Why do Smurfs wear a white cap?

  • The Smurfs wear Phrygian caps, which came to represent freedom during the modern era.

What do Smurfs Eat?

  • Smurfs love to eat sarsaparilla (a species of Smilax) leaves, with berries the Smurfs naturally call “smurfberries”

Smurf Attractions Were Big in Several Amusement Parks In The 80’s

  • Around 1984, the Smurfs began appearing in North American theme parks owned by Kings Entertainment Corporation. Each park featured a Smurf attraction and Smurf walk-around figures.

How Tall Are Smurfs?

  • The Smurfs are specifically “three apples” tall.

What Color Does  A Smurf Turn When It Gets Mad?

  • Smurfs are known to turn purple when they get mad based on an episode where a Smurf decided to hold his breath.

Who Voiced Gargamel in The Smurfs?

  • Paul Winchell, who played Gargamel in the ‘80s cartoon, was also famous as the voice of Tigger from “Winnie the Pooh.”

There is A Real Life Smurf Village

  • When Sony Pictures filmed a Smurf movie in the village of Juzcar in Andalucia, Spain, they used around 1,000 gallons of paint to turn all the houses blue. They promised that at the end of filming, they would repaint all the houses back to their original white, but the townsfolk, in a referendum in 2011, voted to keep them blue as they had boosted tourism to the village from 300 a year to about 80,000.

How Many Smurfs Are There?

  •  There are over 100 Smurfs in total. Wikipedia has a partial list (82) of all the Smurfs names and their descriptions.

Smurfettes Hair Was Not Always Blonde

  • Smurfette, who was the only female Smurf until the creation of Sassette, originally had black hair, but it changed to blonde when Papa Smurf casts a spell on her. She is the love interest of almost every Smurf.

Enlightened? I thought so :) I’m glad you will sleep better at night with all this new knowledge.

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