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You Guys Hear About the Smurfs?

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by Weapon X, Oct 14, 2005.

  1. Weapon X

    Weapon X 12oz Loyalist

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    http://www.washingtontimes.com/world/20051...20340-8744r.htm

    UNICEF ad drops bomb on Smurfs

    By David Rennie
    LONDON DAILY TELEGRAPH
    October 10, 2005

    BRUSSELS -- UNICEF's first adult-only episode of "The Smurfs," in which the blue-skinned cartoon characters' village is annihilated by warplanes, has terrified young children.
    The short but chilling film is to be broadcast on national television this week as a campaign advertisement for a fundraising drive by the U.N. children's agency.
    The animation was approved by the family of the Smurfs' late creator, "Peyo."
    Belgian television viewers were given a preview of the 25-second film last week, when it was shown on the evening news.
    The reactions ranged from approval to shock and, in the case of small children who saw the episode by accident, wailing terror.
    UNICEF and the family company, IMPS, which controls all rights to the Smurfs, have stipulated that it is not to be broadcast before 9 p.m., when it is hoped that children will be in bed.
    The short film 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.
    The 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."
    It is intended as part of a fundraising drive by UNICEF's Belgian arm to raise more than $100,000 for the rehabilitation of former child soldiers in Burundi.
    Philippe Henon, a spokesman for UNICEF Belgium, said his agency had set out to shock, after concluding that traditional images of suffering in Third World war zones had lost their power to move television viewers.

    "We have never done something like this before, but we've learned over the years that the reaction to the more normal type of campaign is very limited," he said.
    Belgium prides itself on being the home of some of the world's most famous cartoon characters -- from Tintin to Lucky Luke and the Smurfs, known to the Dutch-speaking half of the country as "Smurfen" and as "Schtroumpfs" to Belgium's French speakers.
    The advertising agency behind the campaign, Publicis, decided the best way to convey the impact of war on children was to tap into the earliest, happiest memories of Belgian television viewers. They chose the Smurfs, who first appeared in a Belgian comic in 1958.
    Julie Lamoureux, account director at Publicis for the campaign, said the agency's original plans were toned down.
    "We wanted something that was real war -- Smurfs losing arms, or a Smurf losing a head, but they said no."
    The film has won tentative approval from the official Smurf fan club. "I think it will wake up some people. It is so un-Smurf-like. It might get people to think," a club spokesman said.
    "That crying baby really goes to your bones," said Hendrik Coysman, managing director of IMPS.
     
  2. Overtime

    Overtime Dirty Dozen Crew

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    what exactly is unicef? they make fun of it quite a bit in joe dirt, seriously? is it just a charity type thinggy?
     
  3. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

    Joined: Nov 19, 2001 Messages: 8,147 Likes Received: 3
    I think it's French but I believe the English translation is the United Nations Children's Fund....
     
  4. La Cosa Nostra

    La Cosa Nostra Junior Member

    Joined: Oct 4, 2005 Messages: 147 Likes Received: 0
    ^Yeah. They distribute little fold-out boxes 'round halloween for kids to collect money for unicef from people...knew more than a few kids who took it upon themselves to keep that money..
     
  5. theGOON

    theGOON Member

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    i find that hilarious. but i'm a bad person, so yeah...
     
  6. Dr. Dazzle

    Dr. Dazzle Veteran Member

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    That's horrible.
     
  7. Orgasm Addict

    Orgasm Addict New Jack

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  8. Neskoner

    Neskoner New Jack

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    not as bad as papa smurf getting his ass licked.
     
  9. SF1

    SF1 Elite Member

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    ????
     
  10. La Cosa Nostra

    La Cosa Nostra Junior Member

    Joined: Oct 4, 2005 Messages: 147 Likes Received: 0
    That's horrible.
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    no kidding, but nobody else was giving these kids more than a dollar or two every other day
     
  11. Biggus Dickus

    Biggus Dickus Senior Member

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  12. GamblersGrin

    GamblersGrin Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 24, 2003 Messages: 3,243 Likes Received: 16
    thats what ya call left wing, dudes gettin sappy because smurfs get killed.
     
  13. decu goldyn1

    decu goldyn1 Senior Member

    Joined: Oct 24, 2001 Messages: 1,098 Likes Received: 1
    ...yeah lick my ass bitch.
    Where the hell did that come from, that little jingle has been stuck in my head ever since i heard it.
     
  14. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

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    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.
    The 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.

    We wanted something that was real war -- Smurfs losing arms, or a Smurf losing a head, but they said no."

    that's hilarious. i would love to see a clip of this advertisement
     
  15. shai

    shai Dirty Dozen Crew

    Joined: Jan 6, 2003 Messages: 17,602 Likes Received: 707
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