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October 9, 2005

The spoils of war

And I thought you could only enter the land of the Smurfs if a Smurf invited you:

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.
… 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.”
… 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.”

I wonder why.

Next week, in Teletubbies, Tinky Winky, Dipsy and Laa-Laa discover that Po is a suicide bomber.

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