About IMPS and The Smurfs
The Smurfs began life in 1958 as comic book characters created by Pierre Culliford (Peyo). A film version of this first comic book was made in 1975, entitled “The Smurfs and the Magic Flute”. In 1981 the Smurf stories were adapted for the silver screen by Hanna-Barbera, a run that lasted for 9 seasons. After the first showing on NBC, a worldwide roll-out of the cartoon series made the Smurfs famous all over the globe. In 2011 the Smurfs went on to conquer the big screen, with a first 3D movie produced by Sony Pictures. This success story has been documented in a film, “From the world of Peyo to Planet Smurf” (2011). In 2013 a second blockbuster movie was released and in 2017 the first fully animated movie "Smurfs: The Lost Village" came out. There is now more Smurfiness to come with a brand new TV series, a 3D CGI animation in Full HD (2021).
IMPS, the company founded by Peyo’s daughter, Véronique Culliford, handles the worldwide licensing of the Smurf character, and distributes the classic TV series, the first feature film, the documentary and the new TV series.
The continuing success of the Smurfs is due to its broad appeal across cultural, age and gender demographics. The timeless stories with universal values continue to enchant children every day all over the world.
New Series (2021)
Peyo’s beloved characters are careening back to TV in a brand new, high-voltage, 3D version of this perennial favorite. Using pure Smurf DNA from the comic books, this new series aimed at girls and boys will push the charm and absurdity of the original to greater heights, fitting in perfectly with today’s faster-paced times. We’re going to present original stories with more complex characters, snappier dialogue, joyful anarchy, and irresistible global appeal for a contemporary audience aged 5 to 10. It will be an explosive box of adventure and humor!
WHY SMURF THE SERIES?
© PEYO PRODUCTIONS - DUPUIS ÉDITION ET AUDIOVISUEL
KIKA - VRT – RTBF
Classic Series (1981-1989)
The Smurfs are cheerful little blue characters, no taller than three apples high, who wear white hats and white trousers. They live together in mushroom-shaped houses in the forest and have the most exciting and magical adventures, sometimes accompanied by their human friends Johan and Peewit.
WHY SMURF THE SERIES?
A Hanna-Barbera Production, in collaboration with LAFIG s.a.
© HANNA-BARBERA/LAFIG SA (1981-1989)
The Smurfs and the Magic Flute
A magic flute has disappeared from the Smurf village and found its way into the hands of the knight Johan and his companion Peewit. But disaster strikes when the vilain Oilycreep gets his hands on the flute and starts using it to carry out his dirty deeds. Will the Smurfs save the day?
WHY SMURF THE FEATURE FILM?
A Dupuis-Belvision co-production © LAFIG SA (1975)
From the World of Peyo to Planet Smurf
The film retraces how Pierre Culliford became Peyo, the author and the artist. His work and characters, from Johan and Peewit and the Smurfs to Benny Breakiron and Pussycat, are all explored by his family, close friends, former colleagues and critics. It also features the American team who created the Sony Pictures blockbuster hit “The Smurfs” in 3D.
WHY SMURF THE DOCUMENTARY?
Produced by Nexus Factory, IMPS, Des Places & Des Montagnes and RTBF