11 Smurfy Facts to Get You Ready for 'The Smurfs 2'

Faster than you can say "Smurf Berry Crunch," the Smurfs are back in theaters tomorrow for more smurfin' adventures. Before you head to the theater, make sure you have your tickets and then check out these Smurfs trivia facts along with our exclusive video cast interviews. Smurf on, Smurf fans!

The Smurfs made their debut in 1958 in a comic strip drawn by Pierre "Peyo" Culliford in the Belgian magazine Spirou called Johan & Pirlouit. The comic centered on a medieval page and his tiny goat-riding sidekick who discover a mushroom village of tiny blue men called the Schtroumpfs.

Greedy Smurf in the cartoon series combines the personalities of two Smurfs found in the original comics: Chef, the village cook and Greedy, the villain glutton and food thief.

Smurfs are naturally all males and do not reproduce. They are brought in to the world by a stork.

All naturally born Smurfs are bald. Only Smurfette and Sassette, who were created by magic and are female, have hair.

Gargamel's cat Azrael is named after the angel of death in Hebrew and Islamic traditions.

Wallace Shawn and John Lithgow (below) were considered for the role of Gargamel in the current live-action film series.

Ben Stiller, Ben Affleck, Sally Field, Julia Sweeney, Marisa Tomei and Lucy Liu (below) were considered for voice roles.

Quentin Tarantino was approached for the voice role of Brainy Smurf in the first film.

For the first movie, 268 Sony Pictures Imageworks employees spent around 358,000 hours animating the Smurfs.

To prepare for his role as Grouchy Smurf in the first film, George Lopez did not drink coffee, made sure he had bad breath and picked the busiest time in his schedule to get to the studio.

The Smurfs 2 marks Jonathan Winters' final performance. Winters died earlier this year at the age of 87.

Want more Smurfs? Check out our exclusive video cast interview below with Hank Azaria, Neil Patrick Harris and, of course, the Smurfs.



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