Sunday, October 09, 2005

Bombing the Smurfs

In Belgium, they have an anti-war commercial in which the Smurfs are killed in bombing raids.


BRUSSELS - The people of Belgium have been left reeling by a public service commercial featuring the Smurfs, in which the blue-skinned cartoon characters' village is annihilated by warplanes.

The ad pulls no punches. It opens with the Smurfs dancing, hand-in-hand, around a campfire and singing the Smurf song. Bluebirds flutter past and rabbits gambol around their familiar village of mushroom-shaped houses until, without warning, bombs begin to rain from the sky.

Tiny Smurfs scatter and run in vain from the whistling bombs, before being felled by blast waves and fiery explosions. The final scene shows a scorched and tattered Baby Smurf sobbing inconsolably, surrounded by prone Smurfs.

The final frame bears the message: "Don't let war affect the lives of children.''

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That's Smurfed up. I bet it was Gargamel's idea. He just wants all the Smurfs dead so he can make gold out of them. George Bush doesn't care about blue people.

(I found the video of it. The quality is poor (it goes in frames), it's in French and the first part is a sad story about a boy who lost his legs, but once you get to the part with the bombs dropping on the Smurfs, it reminds me of a kid I went to school with who would draw pictures of dead Smurfs, among other things.)


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