Global Smurfs Day: New York
June 30th, 2011
04:12 PM ET

The Throwback: Happy (belated) Smurfday!

Last Saturday, June 25 was Global Smurfs Day. On what also would have been the 83rd birthday of Belgian artist Peyo - creator of the Smurfs - Sony arranged the event as promotion for Sony Pictures' upcoming film, "The Smurfs."

The goal for Global Smurfs Day was to set a Guinness record in the category of "Largest Gathering of People Dressed as Smurfs within a 24-hour period in Multiple Venues."

Hang on, I have to attend a "Largest Gathering of CNN Employees Carrying Longchamp Tote Bags While Standing in the Same Cubicle" event...

... Okay, I'm back!

If you think the Smurfs event is too specific to be a real thing, think again! According to the New York Times' Media Decoder Blog, a group of 2,510 gathered at a Wales nightclub in Smurf garb back in 2009. In 2008, a group of 1,250 people went-a-Smurfin' in Ireland.

I attended the New York festivities, in which Manhattan's South Street Seaport became Smurf Street Blueport, and spoke to Guinness representative Morgan Wilbur, who served as Guinness adjudicator for the New York site.

"We're holding this around the world," Wilbur told Marquee. "Eleven different countries."

Morgan continued, "the criteria was that the group had to be dressed as official Smurfs, which we classified as blue skin (either a blue shirt or painted), blue face paint, an official white Smurf hat and white trousers or shorts. Then they entered a designated area and at the countdown, they had to stay in that designated area for 10 minutes. After that 10 minutes, the official number was announced. So here in New York it was 298."

The number that the entire record had to beat was 2,510.

We waited anxiously on the worldwide tally before the number finally came in: 4,891 total. Record shattered! Woo-hoo! Blue-hoo! Smurftastic!

Columbia Pictures/Sony Pictures Animation’s "The Smurfs" - a 3-D live-action/animation mix - hits theaters July 29. Never fear, the little blue guys (and girl) are still just three apples high.

Did you grow up with the Smurfs? What are your favorite memories/episodes? I'll start: I remember my favorite uncle brought me a Smurf figurine every time I saw him when I was little. I still have them. The episode that sticks in my mind the most is called "Tailor's Magic Needle." In it, a hyperactive personified needle wreaked havoc on the Smurf village.

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  1. Jim

    Real nice summer movie for the kids..–

    August 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  2. charlie crack

    @BV- what the smurf did you buy now? More smurfin clothes to go smurfin for boys with? Ahhh smurf! What the smurfs goin on here? Happy 4th of smurfinjuly all yall...hope you had a smurf of a time smurfin shoppin'! Like I said on other blog w/ peace...enjoy the small simple time w/ know til you smurfin drop good...all yall be careful this weekend

    July 1, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Beautiful Vixen

    Lol..have a smurfing and safe weekend everyone!

    July 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Johnny

    Sorry, but does anyone even care that they are little communists? I'm not being paranoid, they litterally live in a community, share everything equally, have no money, and look and act exactly the same expect for the red papa. Sounds like commie propaganda to me!

    July 1, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Josh

    @hOllywoodsucks happy Smurf Of July!

    July 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Josh

    Hey hollywoodsucks,why would they come up with new stuff when ther's so much money in remaking old stuff so be cool and have a smurfing good holiday week-end.

    July 1, 2011 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. hollywood sucks

    come up with a new idea

    July 1, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ronnie

    I love all this smurfing smurf got up thi morning in a smurfed up mood,I saw this smurf now I know today is the start of a smurftastic long smurfing week-end.

    July 1, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. Peace

    Hey Ted! Where the smurf have ya been? Haven't "seen" ya in awhile. All of you stay safe this holiday w/e! BOOM BOOM, happy 4th!

    July 1, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. charlie crack

    @dave- lol. The boy smurfs have lil bitty smurfies huh? Smurfette got that mystic blue tan and got it all over my sheets! Good day sir and a happy 4th

    July 1, 2011 at 6:20 am | Report abuse |
  11. charlie crack

    He!! Smurfin' yeah! Smurfette stayed the night, just left. She's smurfin' great. Yo..fake @fernace..i thought we told you go play on a runway...

    July 1, 2011 at 6:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. DonJJ

    I be smurfin all over. So wet..

    July 1, 2011 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  13. fernace

    Smurf on, smurfah!!

    June 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Angelic

    So smurfing nice i've got to smurf it twice.

    June 30, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. whoa

    Some of these pictures are rather disturbing... like the giant smurf and the old people with painted faces...

    June 30, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  16. apples

    there i go again!! smurfin' all over my keyboard!!

    June 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ apples

      How much do you want to bet one of those fans got to smurf Smurfette? Smurf her smurf all smurfin day...

      June 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • BMX99

      I know that if i was a smurf, I'd stick my smurf in her smurf then in between her smurfs and smurf all over her smurfin face

      June 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • apples

      smurfin' A

      June 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |

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