I remember when I was child I loved to watched these little blue people. But now they are being bombed by Unicef.
Well, Unicef has decided they’ve had it with little blue people who hog the screen and make children watch TV for hours and hours until they believe that normal people are blue.
No, I’m just kidding. Unicef is actually using the 25-second film to raise funds for the rehabilitation of former child soldiers in Burundi. They want their nation to see the effects of war on children.
The short film pulls no punches. It opens with the Smurfs dancing, hand-in-hand, around a campfire and singing the Smurf song. Bluebirds flutter past and rabbits gambol around their familiar village of mushroom- shaped houses until, without warning, bombs begin to rain from the sky.
Tiny Smurfs scatter and run in vain from the whistling bombs, before being felled by blast waves and fiery explosions. The final scene shows a scorched and tattered Baby Smurf sobbing inconsolably, surrounded by prone Smurfs.
The final frame bears the message: “Don’t let war affect the lives of children.”
Maybe the US should produce something like this. Only, instead of being blue and wearing diapers, the Smurfs should be brown and hairy and wearing turbans and covered in bombs, which go off everytime they move. Then they should send the film to Iraq and Afghanistan.