At age 50, and after a decade in exile, the Smurfs are planning a comeback, NPR reports, with the original series coming out on DVD and a 3-D movie expected next year. Though today’s kids have more sophisticated options than watching the repair of mushroom houses, “the Smurf village can be a good place to rest," said one marketing type.
And children seem to be feeling Smurfy blue all over again. "My favorite Smurf always has a pencil over his ear. He writes stories," said a 9-year-old in Berlin. But not everyone’s a fan. Some have called Smurf village a “communist utopia,” and others have thought it was just too sickeningly sweet.