How it escaped me till this moment that the Smurfs turn 50 this year I can not imagine. Yet it is true. The little blue people’s birthday is really in October, so though the celebrations started early with smurfberry cake and sasparilla juice there’s still a chance to celebrate should the urge strike.
There will be changes in the Smurfs world, as reported by NPR in an article about a new Smurf movie coming out soon. (In 3-D no less!)
But there have been detractors over the years. Some Americans felt the Smurfs’ communal village depicted a “communist utopia.” Others just felt it was too sickeningly sweet.
But the most frequent complaint has been about the male-female ratio and gender roles. Papa Smurf makes all the big decisions, while lovely Smurfette, the most prominent of just three females, does little more than run around in high heels and look pretty.
Coysman says the Smurfs’ world is getting a birthday makeover — acknowledging it needed one.
“If you look at our society, there has been a dramatic change in the social and cultural environment, so we are thinking in that direction,” he says.
But what about the food? Will Smurf food remain the same? Or will the Smurfs change their diet as so many other people do as they hit the big 5 – 0 ?
An easy shift in diet for the Smurfs would be this recipe for Smilax Bamboo Stirfry. Smilax is the same plant that Smurfberries come from – among the other names for it are sasparilla or greenbrier.
Happy Birthday, Smurfs. It will be interesting to see how you look at 50.