'The World of Smurfs' Book
When "Les Schtroumpfs" arrived in a Belgium comic strip in October 1958, no one could have expected the global fame and consciousness they would reach. The elflike blue wonders gained popularity in Europe through comic books and classic figurines, but it wasn't until they became the stars of NBC's Saturday morning lineup in the 1980's that all of America fell in love with the Smurfs. Now, thirty years later, the Smurfs are headed to the big screen in a star-filled live-action/CGI hybrid.
The World of Smurfs is the first book to take fans through the creation of the Smurfs, from the early days of their creator, Peyo, as a struggling cartoon artist; to the global phenomenon they became; to the recent Smurf resurgence, including the 2008 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloon and 2011 movie.
Along the way, Smurfologist Matt. Murray explains the process of creating cartoon and CGI versions of the Smurfs from Peyo's original sketches, and provides character bios for favorite residents of Smurf Village including Papa, Brainy, Clumsy, Hefty, and Smurfette. Fans young and old will appreciate this comprehensive compendium of the Smurfs' world, detailing how it has grown and adapted in the past fifty years. Hardcover: 128 pages