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The SMURFS Original Animation TELEVISION SERIES 1980s
Type: AWESOME Original Production Animation Cel of the SMURFETTE & Baby Smurf from the 1980s HANNA BARBERA Animated TELEVISION SERIES
Signed by legendary Voice Actress LUCILLE BLISS - Voice of SMURFETTE
June Foray Voice of JOKEY SmurfThis is one of the original Production Cel that appeared under the camera during
the production filming of the original Television SeriesNOTE: THIS IS AN ORIGINAL; NOT A MASS PRODUCED LIMITED EDITIONSize: 12 field 12.5 x 10.5
Type: . Producti Cel
The Smurfs (also known as simply Smurfs, and syndicated as Smurfs' Adventures) is an American animated television series that aired on NBC from September 12, 1981 to August 25, 1990. Made by Hanna-Barbera, it is based on the Belgian comic series by the same name, created by Belgian cartoonist Peyo (who also served as Story Supervisor of this adaptation) and aired for 256 episodes with a total of 421 stories
The Smurfs secured their place in North American pop culture in 1981, when the Saturday morning cartoon The Smurfs, produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in association with SEPP International S.A., aired on NBC. The series became a major success for the network and one of the most successful and longest running Saturday Morning Cartoons in television history, spawning spin-off television specials on an almost yearly basis. The characters included Papa Smurf, Smurfette, Brainy Smurf, the evil Gargamel, his cat Azrael, and Johan and his friend Peewit. The Smurfs was nominated multiple times for Daytime Emmy awards, and won Outstanding Children's Entertainment Series in 1982–1983. The show enjoyed continued success until 1990, when after nearly a decade of success, NBC changed the format of the show and removed the smurfs from the forest and the smurf village, and then cancelled it due to decreasing ratings. In addition. NBC executives prepared a Today weekend program for Saturdays, which came later on and led to the elimination of Saturday morning children's shows. The show continued through Aug 25 1990 on the NBC network. The show continued to air on the USA network until 1993, followed by the Cartoon network until 2003. Smurfs is still broadcast on the Boomerang station throughout the Unites States.
Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc. ( /ˌhænə bɑrˈbɛrə/) was an American animation studio that dominated North American television animation during the second half of the 20th century. The company was originally formed in 1957 by former Metro Goldwyn Mayer animation directors William Hanna and Joseph Barbera in partnership with Columbia Pictures' Screen Gems television division, as H-B Enterprises, Inc. Established after MGM shut down its animation studio and ended production of its animated short films, H-B Enterprises, Inc. was renamed Hanna-Barbera Productions, Inc., in 1959.
Over the next three decades, the studio produced many successful animated shows, including The Flintstones, Jonny Quest, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, Yogi Bear, The Jetsons, The Huckleberry Hound Show, Top Cat, Wacky Races, The Quick Draw McGraw Show, Tom and Jerry, Space Ghost, and The Magilla Gorilla Show, among others. The studio also produced several feature films and cartoon shorts for theaters along with a number of specials and movies for television, both animated and live-action. While Hanna and Barbera's theatrical work awarded them seven Oscars, their television productions have earned the company eight Emmys and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the mid-1980s, the company's fortunes declined somewhat after the profitability of Saturday morning cartoons was eclipsed by weekday afternoon syndication.
In 1991, the company was purchased by Turner Broadcasting System, who began using much of the H-B back catalog to program the Cartoon Network the following year. Both Hanna and Barbera went into semi-retirement after Turner purchased the company, continuing to serve as ceremonial figureheads for and sporadic artistic contributors to the studio. In 1994, the company was renamed Hanna-Barbera Cartoons, and in 1996, Turner merged with Time Warner. By the time of the merger, Turner had turned Hanna-Barbera towards primarily producing new material for Cartoon Network, including the successful Cartoon Cartoons shows such as Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, Cow and Chicken, I Am Weasel, The Powerpuff Girls, and many
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