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Digital distribution of television shows, movies and music has become quite trendy in Hollywood. Not a week goes by that companies such as Netflix, Spotify, Hulu and others aren’t in the news cutting some sort of deal with a big studio, television network or record label. This podcast provides a rundown of all the recent announcements and what they might mean for you, the consumer.Digital distribution of television shows, movies and music has become quite trendy in... more
7For the first time this year, there’s it’s a dead heat at the box office. Animated triumph-of-commerce-over-art The Smurfs has surprised everyone by earning almost exactly as much as the highly touted comic book adaptation Cowboys & Aliens.
Continue reading on Examiner.com Smurfs And Cowboys & Aliens In Dead Heat At Box Office - Cleveland Film | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/film-in-cleveland/smurfs-and-cowboys-aliens-dead-heat-at-box-office-1#ixzz1Tn4wFgU47For the first time this year, there’s it’s a dead heat at the box office.... more
Anti-Semiticism, Racism, Communism: Everything You Didn't Know About the Smurfs And Were Afraid to Ask (VIDEO)A new book Le petit livre bleu (The little blue book) claims that the Smurfs, those sarsaparailla-eating little blue denizens of Smurf village who talk about smurfing this and smurfing that, are anti-Semitic and racist. This, on top of earlier claims that, due to their living in a cooperative-like environment where everybody contributes to Smurf society, the Smurfs are communists, "Small Men Under Red Force," as one American critic says.
The author of the book, Antoine Buéno, a lecturer at Sciences Po university in Paris, says in the Guardian that he's been surprised at the "hyper violent" reaction to his claims among Smurf fans, some of whom have said he has "paranoid delusions" and is a "dream breaker." Some more unhappy Smurf devotee critique via the Telegraph:
"What a disgrace to soil the legends of our childhood," wrote Bibouille on the "Schtroumpfmania" website.
Another, called Anastasia wrote: "It's not hard to find anti-Semitism in Shakespeare or Balzac." The author's arguments spring "from his own obsessions ... the hooked nose of a wizard is neither Jewish nor Goy, it's a traditional for wizards," she wrote.
Buéno has indeed said he has "feared for his physical safety and insisted he meant no harm," according to the Telegraph.
So what's causing the big smurf-roar?
Belgian artist Peyo, whose real name was Thierry Culliford, created the Smurfs in 1958. Since their original appearance in comics, there have been animated films, a TV series, all manner of merchandise, theme parks, video games, an Ice Capades show; Sony is to release the first of three live-action/computer generated Smurf films on July 29. Buéno's critique starts with Peyo's very first work which was title The Black Smurfs in French and retitled The Purple Smurfs in English on the grounds of political correctness:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwJKTzq_XPg&feature=player_embeddedA new book Le petit livre bleu (The little blue book) claims that the Smurfs, those... more
Things might have been a little smurfed up in Smurf Village. The friendly blue creatures were socialists and "the embodiment of a totalitarian utopia, steeped in Stalinism and Nazism," says one French sociologist in the new book, Le Petit Livre Bleu, or The Little Blue Book. The author claims the Smurfs—introduced in a Belgian newspaper in 1958—lived in a utopian society akin to Hitler's vision for Berlin, reports the Huffington Post.
The book author's arguments: The Smurfs are led by the authority figure, Papa Smurf; Smurfette was a perfect Aryan; Smurf Village is a collective economy where no one Smurf owned property; and the monster who plagues them—Gargamel—matches up with negative Jewish caricatures. In addition, the author says the first comic strip, "The Black Smurfs," was a thinly veiled commentary on a racial threat. "In that album, the Smurfs are sick," he says. "And when they're sick, they don't turn purple or red or anything like that, they become black. And when they become black, they lose all trace of intelligence." The son of the creator of the Smurfs says the claims are "between the grotesque and the not serious." (Click for more, including a video interview with the author and with fans who think he's off base.)
http://www.newser.com/story/120169/were-the-smurfs-nazis-a-french-sociologist-thinks-so.htmlThings might have been a little smurfed up in Smurf Village. The friendly blue... more
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Still wondering why everyone was changing their Facebook pics to cartoon characters? well just read on..
http://www.forgetthebox.net/mag/i-am-optimus-prime-does-making-your-facebook-profile-pic-a-cartoon-really-help.php... for the day. Still wondering why everyone was changing their Facebook pics to... more
Yep Im Gay! Sesame Street's Bert may just have come out on Twitter. From SpongeBob to Family Guy’s Stewie, WATCH VIDEO of 11 children's TV characters Ernie's pal may be joining.Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie are just puppets who are friends and bed mates. But after 31 years of speculation, evidence suggests that Bert may be G-A-Y. Many have interpreted Bert’s use of the word “mo” in a recent tweet as a subtle nod to the homosexual community. But while Katy Perry’s cleavage is off-limits for the show, is an openly gay character? Some say the show is just gay friendly now, citing another segment in which Grover asks what marriage is. The makers of Sesame Street, however, said they are trying to appeal to everyone, not just gay viewers.
http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-11-02/gay-characters-on-childrens-tv-from-bert-to-spongebob/?cid=hp:mainpromo9Sesame Street’s Bert and Ernie are just puppets who are friends and bed mates.... more
In watching this year’s battery of Christmas cartoons, the Smurfs ones came up in the shuffle. There’s a point in one of them where Greedy Smurf confesses to having eaten a crucial ingredient for something that was to be shared among everyone. To that, I said, “who the hell puts a guy named Greedy in charge of the cooking anyway. He oughtta have an orange ring.” That got me to thinking, and since I spent way too much brainpower on it, here you go:
Smurfy Lantern Corps:
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http://www.popbunker.net/2009/12/bluest-night/In watching this year’s battery of Christmas cartoons, the Smurfs ones came up... more
The Smurfs will come into theaters on December 17, 2010! http://teaser-trailer.com/2009/08/smurfs-movie.htmlThe Smurfs will come into theaters on December 17, 2010!... more
Whether you know them as "Smurfs" or "Les Schtroumpfs," Sony has obtained the film rights to the blue-colored characters and is thinking 'Franchise!'
"the Smurfs were created in 1958 by Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford, known throughout the world as Peyo. The Smurfs, originally called "Les Schtroumpfs" in French, were created for a Belgian series of comic books, first as minor characters. The villagers, known for their blue skin and small statures, spawned a line of statuettes, games, toys, theme parks and a hit TV series, which ran as part of NBC's Saturday-morning lineup from 1981-90."Whether you know them as "Smurfs" or "Les Schtroumpfs," Sony has... more
In a bid to sell extra Smurf costumes, Ian Tomkins, 25, donned one the costumes ann embarked on a three-week, 12,285 mile journey. Tomkins works at a costume shop in Berkshire, which found themselves with almost 500 extra Smurf costumes. Tomkins took the costume off only to sleep. In a bid to sell extra Smurf costumes, Ian Tomkins, 25, donned one the costumes ann... more
Long, long ago, in a forest far away, there lived, in complete harmony with nature, a small blue people.
Or if you prefer: "Long, long ago, in a Smurf far way, there Smurfed, in complete Smurfiness with Smurf, a small blue people. The Smurfs."
The Smurfs, originally "schtroumpfs", are a timeless race of blue Belgian elves, who began as a lunch-time accident and went on to conquer the world. They speak an odd language in which the word "Smurf" appears at random. Although allegedly "timeless", they celebrate their 50th Smurfday tomorrow.
Smurfs were Belgian comic strip characters, who became a worldwide success - and cult - after they were turned into a children's TV cartoon series by the Hanna-Barbera studio in Hollywood in the 1980s. Smurf comic books have sold 25,000,000 copies in 25 languages.
Although timeless, Smurfs were ahead of their time. They live in mushrooms and protect their forest from evil, but stupid, enemies who want to become rich by laying waste to everything. In other words, Smurfs were amongst the first militant environmentalists. Long before the Wombles of Wimbledon Common, they were teaching children to protect nature. They are blue? but also green.
For their 50th anniversary, there is to be a full-length Hollywood movie, and a new TV series, both using three-dimensional, computer-generated animation techniques. There is also to be a social revolution in the macho world of the Smurfs: a proliferation of "Smurfettes".
Until now there were 101 male Smurfs, and only one female, the pretty but rather dotty, Smurfette. The blue elves share everything, including baby-sitting duties as the joint parents of the one Smurf baby (imaginatively named Baby Smurf). They obey, usually, the ancient folk wisdom of their leader, Papa Smurf, and the 500-years-old Grandpa Smurf.
In both the new movie and new comic books, the number of female Smurfs is set to explode, responding to one of the most frequent criticisms of Smurfdom. Hendrik Coysman, the head of IMPS, the Belgian company which owns the rights to the Smurfs, says that, timeless or not, even elves have to move with the times.
"There have been dramatic changes in socio-cultural values in the past 20 to 25 years," he said. "One of these is girl empowerment. So, there will be a greater female presence in the Smurf village. This will, of course, be a basis for new stories which will probably turn upside down certain traditional situations?"
Like most good, or bad, ideas the Smurfs were invented over lunch. One day in 1958, a Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford - whose father was British - was eating with another Belgian cartoonist. He could not remember the word for salt-cellar and asked his friend to pass him the "schtroumpf".
The "schtroumpfs", later "Smurfs" in English, went on to make Pierre Culliford, or "Peyo", rich and famous. They also, he often complained before his death in 1992, drove him mad. He could not understand why the irritating, little blue elves thrived and his other inventions faded.
Opinions on the Smurfs - good/evil, charming/exasperating, funny/tedious - tend to be equally divided. Few children's cartoon characters have generated such adoration and such hatred.
Conspiracy theories have long abounded. The 102 different Smurfs - Brainy Smurf, Hefty Smurf, Greedy Smurf, Chef Smurf etc - share all possessions. Each has his own fixed role in society. Since Papa Smurf has a white beard and a red hat, the Smurfs are, according to some American thinkers, subversive crypto-Marxists.
Other theories include: the Smurfs are anti-semitic; the Smurfs, who wear pointed hats, are a front for the Ku Klux Klan; the Smurfs are neo-Nazis; the Smurfs are a Hindu conspiracy/prophecy to prepare the world for the triumph of Krishna.
It falls to Pierre Culliford's son, Thierry, 52, to defend his father's creation. There is nothing remotely political about the Smurfs, he insists.
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Castleblayney has entered the Guinness Book of Records tonight for the most Smurfs in the one place.
This year is the 50th anniversary of the popular cartoon characters, and to mark the occasion more than 1,000 people turned out at the town's Muckno Mania Festival to break the record.
Castleblayney has entered the Guinness Book of Records tonight for the most Smurfs in... more
The same guys who brought us Shrek are turning the all-too-familiar Hanna-Barbera cartoon into a Hollywood film. I'm not quite sure if this is a good thing or not!The same guys who brought us Shrek are turning the all-too-familiar Hanna-Barbera... more
Smurfette is left for dead. Baby Smurf is left crying and orphaned as the Smurf's village is carpet bombed by warplanes — a horrific scene and imagery not normally associated with the lovable blue-skinned cartoon characters. Smurfette is left for dead. Baby Smurf is left crying and orphaned as the Smurf's... more
A bunch of Croatians got together yesterday to beat the world record for largest gathering of smurfs, only to find they had gotten the old record number wrong, and therefore failed to get enough smurfs. Blues.A bunch of Croatians got together yesterday to beat the world record for largest... more