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Happy 50th Birthday, Smurfs!

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Papa_lAm I really writing this post? Yes, yes I am. (And while Wolf from American Gladiators is down the hall, howling, in the EW offices, no less.)

So today, the Smurfs kicked off their 50th birthday festivities in Belgium, the home of their late creator, Pierre Culliford, who introduced them in a comic strip in 1958. The article I linked to talks about Papa and Smurfette going on a “European birthday tour,” which will also include stops in Paris and Berlin. Naturally, I wondered what the U.S. is doing to honor them. It appears we’ve got season 1 of the ’80s cartoon series hitting DVD on Feb. 26 and an animated feature in the works. Is that enough? I suppose Saturday Night Live‘s Smurfette Show parody didn’t count.

addCredit(“The Smurfs: Everett Collection”)