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1 Introduction This is a discursive analysis of the television programme The Smurfs created by Peyo and first aired during the greater part of the eighties In other words it is an analysis of some of the socio-political themes I have noticed in the show060FONTgt The Smurfs is a unique programme It is first and foremost a cartoon and as such it is aimed at children The discussion could end there however unlike many other cartoons or indeed other television programmes The Smurfs is about an entire society and its interactions with itself and with outsiders rather than the adventures of just a few characters Hence I believe it is in short a political fable in much the same way that The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe was a fable about Christianity Rather than Christianity however The Smurfs is about Marxism I am not accusing The Smurfs of being some kind of subversive kiddie propaganda - although if it was would it really be that much worse than the spate of toyetic cartoons of the same decade that only existed to sell plastic toys In any case this essay should be seen as the highest kind of praise What other childrens shows would address the issue of Marxism in such a way and at such a pivotal point in the history of the Cold War The Smurfs should be praised for using metaphor and the device of the fairy tale to introduce children to political themes If Peyo was a socialist however he was obviously not the sort who had much time for the version of it practiced by the Soviet Union and other Eastern bloc police states He was a utopian There is a distinct lack of any kind of army or police in the Smurf Village On rare occasions when it is necessary they form their own civilian militia to fight off threats Otherwise it is the absolute opposite of the police
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