June 30th, 2011
04:12 PM ET
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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