HAPPY BIRTHDAY, (THE REAL) PAPA SMURF!
Today is GLOBAL SMURFS DAY!
Eighty-six years ago today, on June 25, 1928, Pierre “Peyo” Culliford, creator of THE SMURFS, was born in Schaerbeek, Belgium, not far from Brussels.
Peyo worked until his death on Christmas Eve 1992, publishing a new Smurfs comic - “Finance Smurf” - that previous November. His amazing legacy of laughter and imagination has never wavered, and it inspires my movie making team and I to work hard at carrying on his tradition of quality entertainment for all ages, worldwide. Our constant aim is to produce an all new movie adventure which Peyo himself would have been proud of. Recently - as posted two weeks ago during my trip to Paris - I had the pleasure of meeting Peyo’s daughter, Veronique Culliford, to whom I told the basic story for this movie. She seemed very pleased with the concept and even commented that I was “very Smurfy!” I take that as a high compliment, coming from her!
Keep in mind that the movie is still two years away, so there’s lots of work left to do. It is still a bit early to post any new artwork from the production (but, keep checking, because it’s going to happen!), but I thought it would be fun to show this very Smurfy piece, which my True Blue Team created in celebration of the great Peyo and GLOBAL SMURFS DAY!