Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Uh ... weird

In the "Who thought that one up?" department:

Unicef bombs the Smurfs in fund-raising campaign for ex-child soldiers

The people of Belgium have been left reeling by the first adult-only episode of the Smurfs, in which the blue-skinned cartoon characters' village is annihilated by warplanes.

The short but chilling film is the work of Unicef, the United Nations Children's Fund, and is to be broadcast on national television next week as a campaign advertisement...

...Belgian television viewers were given a preview of the 25-second film earlier this week, when it was shown on the main evening news. The reactions ranged from approval to shock and, in the case of small children who saw the episode by accident, wailing terror...

...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.

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."


Wailing terror wouldn't describe my reaction. Just ... creeped out. It's a good message and everything, but - ehhhh.

Got it via Dappled Things.


  1. Here's a clip from the commercial:


  2. There was a blurb on the local news about it today - apparently the advert is working, but why the smurfs??? WHY????? :(

  3. This is REAL??? :gags:

    Ew, I'm ill.

    Stupid UN pascifists!