The people of Belgium have been left reeling by the first adult-only episode of the Smurfs, in which the blue-skinned cartoon characters' village is annihilated by warplanes. The short but chilling film is the work of Unicef, the United Nations Children's Fund, and is to be broadcast on national television next week as a campaign advertisement.
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."
I have not yet found video of this. Please help.
Update: Lots of people have pointed at the video in the original article (faster mirror at
Crooks and Liars) (and shame on you all for not reading comments before commenting) but that video is just a useless slideshow: it's a frame every three seconds. (The smurfs start about halfway through, after the legless kid.) I'm still hoping to find a non-slideshow video of the cartoon part.