The Smurfs

Dear Reader,

On a completely frivolous topic, why are the smurfs supposed to be good? My husband has my kids watching the old cartoon from when we are little (I think there was a new movie recently but we haven’t seen it). The smurfs are clearly supposed to be all good whereas Gargamel is bad. But I can’t help wondering why.

The first time we tried the smurfs we had to stop watching them because my younger son, who might have been 5 or so at the time, loved Grouchy Smurf too much and went around saying “I hate” everything for weeks. But so many of the smurfs exemplify bad things–vanity, laziness, grumbling, overeating, self conceit. Some are innocuous but quite a number of the main ones just have very blatant faults. And yet we are supposed to think these are the “good” guys in their world. We have allowed too many things which used to be sins to be down-graded or even to become positives–pride and self-esteem come to mind.

And that’s my frivolous vent.

Nebby

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