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The Adventures of the Smurfs is an American-French-Belgian flash animated fantasy comedy television series, being based on the homonymous franchise created by Peyo, being developed by Theirry & Veronique Culliford and Kelly Asbury. It is produced by DreamWorks Television Animation and Studio Peyo, premiering on September 12, 2021.

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Plot

The Smurfs

The Smurfs are little blue creatures that live in mushroom houses in a forest inhabited mainly by their own kind. The Smurfs' average daily routine is attempting to avoid Gargamel, an evil yet dimwitted and annoying sorcerer who plans to capture the Smurfs to steal all of their essence and become the most powerful sorcerer in the world.

Johan and Peewit

Set in the Middle Ages in an unnamed European kingdom, the series follows the adventures of Johan, a brave young page to the King, and Peewit, his faithful, if boastful and cheating, midget sidekick. Johan rides off in search of adventure with his trusty horse Bayard, while Peewit gallops sporadically, and grudgingly, behind on his goat, Biquette. The pair are driven by duty to their King and the courage to defend the underpowered. Struggles for power between deposed lords and usurping villains form the basis of many of the plots which also contain elements of detective fiction as the pair hunt down traitors and outlaws, as well as witches, sorcerers, giants and ghosts.

Cast

Episodes

Most episodes are three 7-minute segments (in the tradition of classic cartoon shorts from the Golden Age of Animation).

Season 1 (2021)

This season consists of 13 episodes.

No. overall No. in season Title Director(s) Storyboard artist(s) Story(s) Original airdate Prod. code
1 1 A Dark and Smurfy Night/Hero Training/The Blue Moon Festival Rich Moore (A Dark and Smurfy Night)

Bob Camp and Vincent Waller (Hero Training)
Charles Visser (The Blue Moon Festival)

Dave Alvarez and Neal Sternecky (A Dark and Smurfy Night)

Vincent Waller (Hero Training)
Alan Gibson and Keith Tucker (The Blue Moon Festival)

Duane Poole and Tom Swale (A Dark and Smurfy Night)

Bob Camp and Vincent Waller (Hero Training)
Glenn Leopold (The Blue Moon Festival)

September 12, 2021 S-107/JaP-110/S-106
  • A Dark and Smurfy Night: Gargamel creates a storm in an attempt to strike the Smurfs with lightning.
  • Hero Training: Peewit trains to become a better hero than Johan using a magic potion of strength, with unusually strange results.
  • The Blue Moon Festival: When the Smurfs are getting ready for celebrate the Blue Moon, Gargamel plans to find the village.
2 2 Unhappy Pets/The Four Missing Emeralds/Dreamy's First Adventure Audu Paden (Unhappy Pets), Peter Avanzino (The Four Missing Emeralds), Michael Gerard (Dreamy's First Adventure) Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (Unhappy Pets), Lynne Naylor and Chris Reccardi (The Four Missing Emeralds), Mitch Schauer (Dreamy's First Adventure) Glenn Leopold (Unhappy Pets), Jim Smith (The Four Missing Emeralds), Kevin Hopps and Charles M. Howell IV (Dreamy's First Adventure) September 19, 2021 S-110/JaP-104/S-109
  • Unhappy Pets: Gargamel plans to putting an unhappiness spell on the Smurfs to make them feel sad and miserable, but backfires when it is put on his pets Azrael and Monty. Papa Smurf and Gargamel are forced to work together to find the antidote.
  • The Four Missing Emeralds: Johan, Peewit and Princess Savina help locate all the four missing emeralds to the Guardian of the Knights before Gargamel steals them.
  • Dreamy's First Adventure: Dreamy goes on an adventure to explore the world, until Gargamel intervenes.
    • A shot-for-shot remake of the 1981 episode, Dreamy's Nightmare (but with some scenes cut out in order to fit the 7-minute runtime, the addition of Monty and the removal of Smurfette)
3 3 The Smurfette/Reign of Azraels Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (The Smurfette), Bill Wray and Eddie Fitzgerald (Reign of Azraels) Dave Alvarez and Sean Bishop (The Smurfette, part 1), Stephen DeStefano, Pat Ventura and Dave Feiss (Reign of Azraels), Jon McClenahan and Mitch Schauer (The Smurfette, part 2) Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (The Smurfette, part 1),

Bob Camp (Reign of Azraels), Duane Poole and Tom Swale (The Smurfette, part 2)

September 26, 2021 S-101-102/JaP-103
  • The Smurfette (two-part segment): Gargamel creates a Smurfette to lure the Smurfs into his hands. Smurfette proves to be a true Smurf when she saves the others from Gargamel.
    • The segment marks Smurfette's first appearance in the series.
    • The segment serves as a shot-for-shot remake to the 1980s Smurfs cartoon show adaptation of the original comic story of the same name (but with the addition of Monty).
  • Reign of Azraels: Azrael attempts to take over the Good King's kingdom with an demonic wishing eye found by Monty, while it sends a distracted Gargamel away, forcing Johan and Peewit to search a way to combat Azrael before he would take over the kingdom.
4 4 Brainy's A Dog/The Moonstone/The Smurf Soup Mauro Casalese (Brainy's A Dog), Ken Bruce and Eddie Fitzgerald (The Moonstone), Kelly Asbury (The Smurf Soup) Jon McClenahan (Brainy's A Dog), Lynne Naylor and Chris Reccardi (The Moonstone), Kelly Asbury and Neal Sternecky (The Smurf Soup) Glenn Leopold (Brainy's A Dog), Dave Feiss and Richard Pursel (The Moonstone), Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (The Smurf Soup) October 3, 2021 S-103/JaP-105/S-104
  • Brainy's A Dog: After making fun of a talking dog wizard, Brainy is punished by being cursed into a puppy.
  • The Moonstone: A wounded man arrives at the castle. He claims to have been attacked by Gargamel while delivering a valuable stone to his master. Johan and Peewit take the stone to Homnibus the enchanter, but the enemy, who has some knowledge of magic of his own, is not prepared to give up easily.
  • The Smurf Soup: Bigmouth visits Gargamel to look for food.
    • A shot-for-shot remake of the 1981 episode, Soup A La Smurf (but with some scenes cut out in order to fit the 7-minute runtime and the addition of Monty)
5 5 Romeo and Smurfette Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone Alan Gibson (act one), Tom Bancroft and Mitch Schauer (act two), Rich Moore (act three) Glenn Leopold and Kevin Hopps (act one), Gordon Bressack and Charles M. Howell IV (act two), Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (act three) October 10, 2021 S-108
  • Handy and Hefty fight over who will marry Smurfette. Meanwhile, Gargamel attempts to turn Smurfette into his slave again by using a hypnotic flower.
    • A shot-for-shot remake of the 1981 episode of the same name (but with the addition of Monty, and Brainy in Papa Smurf's place).
6 6 Tiny Gargamel/The Sorcery of Maltrochu/The Smurfs and the Egg Michael Gerard (Tiny Gargamel), Dave Feiss (The Sorcery of Maltrochu), Charles Visser (The Smurfs and the Egg) Jon McClenahan and Keith Tucker (Tiny Gargamel), Vincent Waller and Dave Feiss (The Sorcery of Maltrochu), Dave Alvarez (The Smurfs and the Egg) Glenn Leopold (Tiny Gargamel), Vincent Waller (The Sorcery of Maltrochu), Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (The Smurfs and the Egg) November 14, 2021 S-111/JaP-108/S-113
  • Tiny Gargamel: Gargamel accidentally makes himself tiny, after grabbing what he thought it was the giant potion as an attempt to crush the Smurfs into bits.
    • A shot-for-shot remake of the 1984 episode, The Incredible Shrinking Wizard (but with some scenes cut out in order to fit the 7-minute runtime, the addition of Monty and the removal of Baby Smurf)
  • The Sorcery of Maltrochu: Peewit finds a dog that talks.
    • A shot-for-shot remake of the 1982 episode of the same name (but with many scenes cut out in order to fit the 7-minute runtime and the removal of the Smurfs)
  • The Smurfs and the Egg: The Smurfs find an egg that grants wishes.
    • A shot-for-shot remake of the 1981 episode of the same name (but with some scenes cut out in order to fit the 7-minute runtime and the addition of Monty).
7 7 Gargamel the Generous/The Black Arrow/The Baby Smurf November 21, 2021 S-117/TBA/S-114
  • Gargamel the Generous: Gargamel pretends to be nice to the Smurfs so he can get some diamonds.
    • A shot-for-shot remake of the 1981 episode of the same name (but with some scenes cut out in order to fit the 7-minute runtime and the addition of Monty).
  • The Black Arrow: For some time now a group of brigands have been robbing merchants in the area around the King's castle, and all attempts to hunt them down have failed. Sent to a distant town to obtain a golden cup for a tournament, Johan and Peewit come across the outlaws and are forced to join them. From them they learn that there is a traitor in the castle who supplies the bandits with vital information.
  • The Baby Smurf: Gargamel turns himself into a baby Smurf to turn the Smurfs into stone.
    • An almost shot-for-shot remake of the 1981 episode of the same name (but with some scenes cut out in order to fit the 7-minute runtime and the addition of Monty).
8 8 Jokey's Medicine/The Castellac Ring/Sleepwalking Smurfs December 5, 2021 S-115/TBA/S-116
  • Jokey's Medicine: Greedy, Lazy, and Smurfette want to get back at Jokey after he gave them "surprises".
    • A shot-for-shot remake of the 1981 episode of the same name (but with some scenes cut out in order to fit the 7-minute runtime).
  • The Castellac Ring: While staying at an inn, Johan and Peewit meet the Duke of Castellac who has just escaped after being held prisoner by an enemy for three years. He wants to find out why the ransom requested for his release was never paid. That night the Duke is seized by men whom he denounces as traitors; but the next day Johan and Peewit see him in the streets of the town, cheered by the people and accompanied by the same "traitors". So Johan and Peewit must travel into the lion's den to obtain the only evidence of a treacherous scheme.
    • A shot-for-shot remake of the 1982 episode of the same name (but with many scenes cut out in order to fit the 7-minute runtime and the removal of the Smurfs)
  • Sleepwalking Smurfs:
9 9 The War of the Seven Fountains Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone, Bob Camp and Raja Gosnell Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone, Bob Camp and Vincent Waller Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone, Bob Camp, J. David Stem and David N. Weiss  December 12, 2021 S/JaP-CO-01
  • The War of the Seven Fountains: Peewit's "shortcuts" lead him and Johan to a desolate country and an abandoned castle. There they meet the ghost of the late ruler of the land who explains how a poorly-thought wish dried up the area's source of water and led to a total exodus of the inhabitants. With the help of the Smurfs (whorn they meet for the first time), Johan and Peewit manage to restore the sources of water but then find that their problems have only just begun, as the ghost's (very) distantly-related descendants begin to fight over possession of the land. Meanwhile, Gargamel, Azrael and Monty accidentally make a time travel to modern-day New York City and meet up with Patrick and Grace Winslow (both drawn in the realistic Scooby-Doo art style).
    • Note: This special serves as a crossover between the two segments. Gargamel's subplot serves as a parody of the 2011 live-action film.
10 10 Smurfette vs. Smurfette/Gargamel's New Job/Haunted Smurfs December 19, 2021 S-119/TBA/S-118
  • Smurfette vs. Smurfette: Gargamel makes a spell to create a clone of Smurfette (who looks like her original form before Papa Smurf made her into a true blue Smurf), who begins to antagonize her.
  • Gargamel's New Job: Gargamel is hired as the new royal magician for the enemy kingdom, to Johan and Peewit's dismay.
  • Haunted Smurfs: The food supply has been destroyed by a fire and now the Smurfs depart south from their village to look for food.
11 11 The Finance Smurf/The Cursed Country/A Gift for Papa's Day January 9, 2022 S-123/TBA/S-120
  • The Finance Smurf:
  • The Cursed Country: The King is in a stage of melancholy and nothing appears to cheer him up. In desperation, a travelling entertainer shows off a recent purchase which Johan and Peewit recognize as Azrael and Monty, who are trying to get a break from Gargamel, deciding helping them to cheer up the King.
    • A shot-for-shot remake of the 1982 episode of the same name (but with many scenes cut out in order to fit the 7-minute runtime and the removal of the Smurfs)
  • A Gift for Papa's Day:
12 12 A Hug for Grouchy/Ear Worm/Smurfette's Sweet Tooth January 16, 2022 S-122/TBA/S-124
  • A Hug for Grouchy: Today is Hug-A-Smurf Day, a day that has been created to emphasize the need for expressing one's feelings. Everysmurf is thrilled with the idea, except Grouchy.
  • Ear Worm: Peewit gets a song stuck in his head.
  • Smurfette's Sweet Tooth: After Smurfette eats her entire year's worth of smurfberry candy, she casts a spell to give her the ability to turn everything she touches into smurfberry candy.
    • A shot-for-shot remake of the 1980s cartoon episode of the same name (but with some scenes cut out in order to fit the 7-minute runtime, the addition of Monty and the removal of Baby Smurf)
13 13 Essence of Brainy/How Johan Met Peewit/All's Smurfy That Ends Smurfy January 23, 2022 S-121/TBA/S-125
  • Essence of Brainy:
  • How Johan Met Peewit: For some time now the wood neighbouring the King's castle has been haunted by what the peasants describe as a goblin called Peewit who plays tricks on people and steals apples, meats and pastries meant for the King. Charged with catching him, Johan discovers that Peewit is in fact a dwarf and suggests that he try to obtain the post of court jester, but then his new friend is accused of kidnapping the King's niece. The two must join forces to rescue Princess Savina, who was kidnapped by Gargamel.
    • This segment serves as the prequel to the Johan and Peewit segments.
  • All's Smurfy That Ends Smurfy:

Season 2 (2022)

This season consists of 13 episodes.

No. overall No. in season Title Director(s) Storyboard artist(s) Story(s) Original airdate Prod. code
14 1 The Smurf Who Couldn't Say No Rich Moore Sean Bishop (act one), Neal Sternecky (act two), Keith Tucker (act three) Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (act one), Glenn Leopold and Kevin Hopps (act two), Gordon Bressack and Charles M. Howell IV (act three) September 10, 2022 S-201
  • Going to the Marsh to bring back the rare Foxfire is a great honor. But Scaredy Smurf is reluctant to confront the Marsh Monster. So who is going to the Marsh, but the Smurf who cannot say no?
15 2 TBD/Wolf in Peewit's Clothing/TBD September 17, 2022 TBD/TBD/TBD
  • TBD: (reserved description for GrishamAnimationStudios102, KKDisney or ModernClassicCartoonGamer15)
  • Wolf in Peewit's Clothing: Gargamel turns Peewit into a werewolf to capture some animals to get enough animal ingredients to his next spell.
    • A shot-for-shot remake of the 1983 episode of the same name (but with many scenes cut out in order to fit the 7-minute runtime and the removal of the Smurfs)
  • TBD: (reserved description for GrishamAnimationStudios102, KKDisney or ModernClassicCartoonGamer15)
16 3 The Great Smurfette Kelly Asbury Keith Tucker (act one), Jon McClenahan (act two), Dave Alvarez (act three) Spike Brandt, Tony Cervone and Glenn Leopold September 20, 2022 TBD/TBD/TBD
  • Smurfette has the feeling that if everyone loves her, she is not meant to be taken seriously. To give her the opportunity to assert herself, Papa Smurf chooses Smurfette to take his place during his absence which causes lively reactions. Meanwhile, a hairy comet shines in the firmament and Gargamel passes a witchcraft exam.

Season 3 (2023)

Reception

The reboot received generally positive reviews among fans. It was mainly praised for being more true to the original Belgian comics, although some elements were borrowed from the Hanna-Barbera cartoon's first two seasons.

The Johan and Peewit segments on the other hand, have mixed reception and are not nearly as successful as The Smurfs segments in America, but it is successful overseas in Europe.

Trivia

  • Unlike both the original comics and the 1980s Saturday morning TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, both The Smurfs and Johan and Peewit segments are not connected at all, except for Gargamel (who is also Johan and Peewit's nemesis in this incarnation) appearing in both segments. However, the two segments' main characters could appear together in a one-hour special episode.
  • The show's new producers and directors are Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone, with Ren and Stimpy animator Bob Camp also serving as director and storyboard artist. In season 2, Rob Renzetti took over as director for the Johan and Peewit segments, resulting in a change of humor.
  • Unlike the later episodes of the 1980s cartoon show (Seasons 3-9), the Smurflings, Baby Smurf, Grandpa Smurf, Nanny Smurf, Wild Smurf, Puppy and Smoogle are completely absent from the reboot altogether (saddening The Smurfs fans who love the characters, despite the ratings on NBC back in the 1980s).
  • The storylines and slapstick humor on this show has been updated to be more like the original Belgian comics, while being similar to the Hanna-Barbera cartoon's first two seasons.
  • Unlike the 1980s Saturday morning TV series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions, this show is storyboard-driven rather than script-driven.
  • Both two segments have different director and writer units.
    • Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone worked on The Smurfs segments, in a mix of the original Belgian comics, MGM's Tom and Jerry shorts-style humor and the Hanna-Barbera cartoon show. The only difference is that the humans' faces are shown, instead of just being seen from the neck down.
    • Bob Camp worked on the Johan and Peewit segments, in a mix of the original Belgian comics and Cow and Chicken/I Am Weasel-style humor (minus the gross-outs). In season 2, Rob Renzetti and Alex Zamm took over and the segments are now in a mix of the original Belgian comics and Dexter's LaboratoryThe Powerpuff GirlsMy Life as a Teenage RobotLooney Tunes and Walter Lantz-style humor.
  • While The Smurfs segments focused more on the slapstick humor, morals and educational values, the Johan and Peewit segments focused more on the slapstick humor and action-packed adventures.
  • Gargamel appears with his comedic personality from the live-action/CGI duology and The Smurfs: The Lost Village.
  • Hank Azaria repises his role as Gargamel from the live-action/CGI duology.
  • Monty from The Smurfs: The Lost Village is added into the show.
  • The show is mostly animated at Rough Draft Korea. Also, like the 1980s cartoon, the show is also animated at Wang Film Productions in Taiwan.
  • All of the 22-minute television specials (and some episodes with the best storylines) were animated exclusively by Boomerang Animation in Australia and Bob Jaques handled the animation direction (allowing them to have a similar animation style to Carbunkle's work on The Baby Huey Show). Even Jaques and Kelly Armstrong participated in animating a few scenes each special.
    • Boomerang's work on the show is more expensive than all of the other studios employed for the series.
    • The animation done in Australia had subtle nuances and wild animation that could never be done with other overseas studios.
  • Former H-B animation artist, character designer, layout and background artist and storyboard director, Bob Singer came out of retirement to work on the character and background layouts for the series, while animator Dave Alvarez came in to give the character expressions more personality and depth in comparison to the 1980s cartoon, where they used limited animation.
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