Originally introduced in a series of books by the Belgian author, Peyo, Smurfs made their American debut in 1981, as NBC totally overhauled their Saturday morning lineup, something they really wouldn't have to do for the next decade or so. Smurfs was one of three series that Hanna-Barbera had on the NBC schedule, all of them 1 hour in length (the revived Flintstone Comedy Hour and Space Stars being the others), and also the most successful, lasting 9 seasons. With a CGI/live-action feature film in the vein of "Scooby-Doo" & "Yogi Bear" due for the holidays, we thought we'd mark the 30th anniversary of the little blue people's introduction to US audiences.
Following is the intro, which goes back to the last 3 or so years of the series, when Baby Smurf was added to the cast.
Paul Winchell used his Dick Dastardly voice for Gargamel, who turned out to be just as much a bumbling, bungling villain as Dastardly.....