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Here is the historical timeline of Peyo's life and the history and developments of Peyo's creations.

Timeline

1928

1947

1949

  • January 22 - Another Peyo's creation, "Poussy", was published on newspaper.

1952

  • Johan was published on the French magazine 'Spirou'. While the the appearance of Johan was changed from blond-hair to dark-hair.
  • The first Johan comic book "Basenhau's Punishment" was published by Dupuis.

1953

1954

1955

  • The 4th and 5th "Johan and Peewit" comic books, "The Moonstone" and "The Vikings' Pledge" were published by Dupuis.
  • December 29 - The birth of Peyo's son, Thierry Culliford.

1956

1957

1958

1959

  • The 10th "Johan and Peewit" comic book, "The War of the Seven Springs" was published.
  • The first comic story of the Smurfs, "The Black Smurfs", appeared on the magazine "Spirou".

1960

1961

1963

1965

  • The first Smurfs animated film 'Les Aventures des Schtroumpfs' was aired on Belgian TV, and has been overshadowed 18 years later when 'The Smurfs and The Magic Flute" came to theatres in 1983.

1967

1973

1976

  • October 7 - The film based on the comic book of the same name, 'The Smurfs and The Magic Flute' was shown in Europe, and features the original French audio track. Its first premiere was in Germany with a German audio track.
  • December 3 - 'The Smurfs And The Magic Flute' film premiered in Denmark with a Danish audio track.
  • December 6 - The 10th Smurfs comic book "Smurf Soup" was published.
  • December 16 - 'The Smurfs And The Magic Flute' film premiered in France.
  • December 18 - 'The Smurfs And The Magic Flute' film premiered in Sweden with a Swedish audio track.

1977

  • December 15 - 'The Smurfs And The Magic Flute' film premiered in The Netherlands with a Dutch audio track.

1978

  • Father Abraham In Smurfland album was released worldwide, with 5,000 copies sold.
  • December 21 - 'The Smurfs And The Magic Flute' film premiered in Hungary.

1979

  • 'The Smurfs And The Magic Flute' film premiered in the United Kingdom and Spain with both the English and Spanish audio tracks.
  • April 2 - 'The Smurfs And The Magic Flute' film premiered in Portugal.

1980

  • May 15 - 'The Smurfs And The Magic Flute' film premiered in Australia.
  • August 29 - 'The Smurfs And The Magic Flute' film premiered in Finland.

1981

1982

1983

1984

1985

1986

1987

1988

  • April 1 - The 13th Smurfs comic book "The Smurflings" was published featuring the comic book debut of the Smurflings.
  • September 10 - The Smurfs cartoon season 8 was aired. Nanny Smurf and Smoogle were introduced.
  • The first Smurf hot air balloon was built to commemorate the franchise' 30th anniversary.

1989

  • Smurfs Village Tales VHS was released in North America.
  • May 9 - The theme park featuring the Smurfs, 'Big Bang Schtroumpfs' was opened at France.
  • July 17 - Hanna-Barbera's 50th A Yabba Dabba Doo Celebration premiered on television, with all the characters from their shows together including the Smurfs themselves.
  • September 9 - The last season of the cartoon show, the Smurfs cartoon season 9 was aired.
  • December 2 - One of the last episodes of the ninth season was aired. Representing the end of the Smurfs cartoon show.

1990

1991

1992

  • January 1 - The 16th Smurf comic book, 'The Finance Smurf' was published. This was the last Smurfs comic book by Peyo before his death.
  • December 24 - Peyo died of heart attack at the age of 63. Since then, his son Thierry Culliford continued his father's work.

1994

1995

1996

1997

1998

  • The Smurfs Greatest Hits album was released.
  • May 16 - The 16th Johan and Peewit comic book, 'The Night Of The Sorcerers' was published.
  • August 22 - 23 - Lucille Bliss, the original voice of Smurfette, attended ASIFA's AniFest 1998 in honor of the franchise's 40th anniversary, and Don Smurfo and Smurfette's Green Thumb were presented from the Mall Stage during the weekend.
  • November 1 - The 19th Smurf comic book 'The Wild Smurf' comic book was published. Featuring the comic book debut of Wild Smurf.
  • 40th Anniversary of the Smurfs franchise was celebrated.
  • The second Smurf hot air balloon was built to commemorate the franchise' 40th anniversary.
  • Infogrames' 1994 The Smurfs game for the Nintendo Gameboy was released in North America as a Nintendo Players' Choice title.

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

  • April 19 - The theme park 'Walibi Schtroumpf' changed its name to 'Walibi Lorraine' and re-opened on that day. However, all Smurf attractions were removed during renovations in the park during 2002 to 2003.
  • November 1 - The 22nd Smurf comic book, 'The Reporter Smurf' was published, featuring the comic debut of Reporter Smurf.

2004

  • Beyond Home Entertainment acquired the DVD rights for the Smurfs cartoon show for Australia and New Zealand.
  • November 6 - The 14th Benny Breakiron comic book, 'John-John' was published.

2005

2006

  • January 13 - The 24th Smurf comic book, 'Salad Smurfs' was published.

2007

2008

  • January 18 - The 26th Smurf comic book, 'The Smurfs And The Book That Tells Everything' was published.
  • 50th Anniversary of the Smurfs franchise was celebrated.
  • November 27 - The Smurfs characters joined the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for the first time.

2009

  • April 3 - The 27th Smurf comic book, 'Bathing Smurfs' was published.

2010

  • March 19 - Fabulous Films and Arrow Films secured the UK DVD rights to the Smurfs cartoon show, as well as 'The Smurfs and the Magic Flute'.
  • April 16 - The 28th Smurf comic book, 'The Grand Smurfette' was published.
  • May 1 - The Smurfs became Belgium's Official Ambassador at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, China. The expo ran from this day to October 31, and was a runaway success in full Smurfy style.
  • Papercutz acquired the rights to the Smurfs graphic novels for translation from French to English for North America.
  • August 31 - The first Smurfs comic book published by Papercutz, 'The Purple Smurfs', was also translated in English in North America.
  • The Smurfs' Village gaming application was released for Apple and Android devices.

2011

2012

  • March 23 - The 30th Smurf comic book, 'The Smurfs Of Order' was published.
  • June 6 - 30 million holograms were launched on Smurfs products in 5 continents.
  • June 25 - The Smurfs Store was opened in Brussels, along with the Smurf statue unraveled. On the same day, the second Global Smurfs Day was celebrated worldwide as well to honour Peyo's birthday.
  • December - Smurf Life was released for Apple and Android devices.
  • 'The Smurfs' (2011 film) won the BAFTA's Kids Vote Film awards.
  • Spirou published an special edition book for celebrating the 60 anniversary of "Johan and Peeiwt"'s appearance on Spirou.

2013

  • April 19 - The 31st Smurf comic book, The Smurfs And The Pilus was published.
  • May 7 - The first Benny Breakiron comic book published by Papercutz, 'The Red Taxis' was published and translated for English.
  • June 10 - The seasonal special, 'The Smurfs: The Legend Of Smurfy Hollow' was shown at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France.
  • June 22 - The third Global Smurfs Day event was celebrated worldwide to promote The Smurfs 2 movie.
  • June 25 - Papercutz published the first volume of 'The Smurfs Anthology' for North America.
  • July 5 - Forever Smurfette was published on this day by Le Lombard in France.
  • July 31 - The film 'The Smurfs 2' was shown worldwide. Social Smurf, Smooth Smurf, Party Planner Smurf, Vexy and Hackus were introduced.
  • September 10 - 'The Smurfs: The Legend Of Smurfy Hollow' was released on DVD for North America.
  • September 30 - 'The Smurfs: The Legend Of Smurfy Hollow' was released on DVD for the United Kingdom.
  • October 1 - Papercutz released The Smurfs Christmas in English for North America.
  • December 17 - Papercutz published the second volume of 'The Smurfs Anthology' for North America.

2014

  • March 1 - 'The Smurfs 2' was nominated for Worst Prequel, Remake, Rip-off or Sequel in the 34th Golden Raspberry Awards.
  • Smurfette’s Magic Match was released for Apple and Android devices.
  • April 4 - The 32nd Smurf comic book, 'The Smurfs And The Sorcerer's Love' was published.
  • April 23 - The Smurfs Production Blog was launched to the internet.
  • August 26 - Papercutz published the third volume of 'The Smurfs Anthology' for North America.
  • October 15 - The first Smurfs live on stage performance "Smurfs Save Spring" was shown in Sydney, Australia.
  • October 30 - The Offical Smurfs YouTube Channel was launched.
  • November 18 - Papercutz released Forever Smurfette comic in English for North America.
  • December 17 - The first film about Benny Breakiron, 'Benoît Brisefer: Les Taxis Rouges' was shown in France.
  • December 19 - 21 - The live on stage show, 'Smurfs Save Spring', was staged at the Venetian Resorts in Macau.
  • The Smurfs became the official Mascot of the Ivo Van Damme Memorial athletics event, which is one of the IAAF Diamond League.

2015

  • Budge Studios released The Smurfs Bakery and The Smurfs Games for Apple iOS devices.
  • January 16 - 19 - 'Smurfs Save Spring' made its world premiere in Dubai World Trade Centre in Dubai.
  • January 20 - The first Poussy album published by Papercutz was released.
  • February 12 -15 - "Smurfs Save Springs" was staged in Kuwait Carnival City in Kuwait.
  • February 20 - 'Les Schtroumpfs' and 'De Smurfen' YouTube Channels were launched in French and Dutch.
  • March 13 - The 33rd Smurf comic book, 'Smurf Heroes' was published. On the same day, the other Offical Smurfs YouTube Channels were launched for four countries as follows: German, Spain, Catalan and Basque.
  • March 25 - The Untitled Smurfs CGI film's release date is moved to March 31st, 2017. It was originally going to be released in time for Summer 2016 at the time.
  • April 2 - 5 - 'Smurfs Save Spring' was staged at the Lyric Theatre in Hong Kong.
  • April 10 - The 15th Benny Breakiron comic book 'On The Trail Of White Gorilla' was published.
  • May 11 - The Official 'Smurffit', 'Smurfenes', 'Smurfarna', 'Smølferne', and Strumparnir' YouTube channels were launched for the Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish and Icelandic countries.
  • May 14 - The game 'Smurfs' Village and The Magical Meadow' was released worldwide for Apple iOS devices.
  • May 22 - 24 - 'Smurfs Save Spring' was staged in Bangkok.
  • June 12 - 14 - 'Smurfs Save Spring' was staged at Resorts World Theatre in Singapore.
  • June 14 - The Smurfs 2017 film now gains an official title called Get Smurfy, along with confirmed voice over cast including Demi Lovato as Smurfette, Rainn Wilson as Gargamel and Mandy Patinkin as Papa Smurf.
  • June 19 - A mural painting of Benny Breakiron was finished in Brussels.
  • June 25 - In honor to Peyo's 87th birthday, A bronze Smurf statue was unveiled in a roundabout near Genval Station in Belgium. The roundabout has also been renamed after the creator himself, with Peyo's wife and daughter attended the unveiling.
  • July 3 - Ubisoft published The Smurfs video game on Nintendo 3DS for European countries. On the same day, The Smurfs in Sports was published by Le Lombard in France.
  • July 21 - "The Jewel Smurfer" was published in English for North America by Papercutz.
  • August 5 - The Smurfs Epic Run was released in New Zealand for Apple iOS devices.
  • August 20 - The Official 'I Puffi', 'السنافر', 'Os Smurfs', '개구쟁이 스머프', 'Şirinler' and 'Στρουμφάκια' YouTube Channels were launched in Italian, Arabic, Korean, Portuguese, Turkish and Greek.
  • September 2 - The Official 'Šmoulové' YouTube Channel was launched in Czech.
  • September 4 - 6 - The popularity of the Smurfs were celebrated at The Brussels Comics Festival.
  • September 21 - The Official 'Šmolkovia YouTube channel was launched in Slovak.
  • September 28 - The Official 'Смурфики' YouTube channel was launched in Russian.
  • September 29 - "Smurfs Monsters" was published in English from Papercutz.
  • September 30 - The Official 'Смърфовете' and 'Smerfy' YouTube channels were launched in Bulgarian and Polish.
  • October 16 - The Official 'Štrumpfovi' and 'Hupikék Törpikék' YouTube channels were launched in Serbian and Hungarian.
  • November 2 - The Official 'Štrumpfovi' was launched in Croatian.
  • November 13 - The Official 'Os Smurfs' was launched in Brazilian.
  • December 8 - The first volume of 'The Smurfs and Friends' was published in English by Papercutz.
  • December 13 - The Smurfette balloon was in Santiago de Chile for the 6th Paris Parade 2015 annual event, following the Jokey Smurf balloon in the first version in 2010.

2016

  • January 14 - The Smurfs Epic Run was released worldwide for Apple iOS and Android devices.
  • February 7 - A massive crowd of more than 2,000 people dressed as Smurfs gathered in an attempt to break the world record in Waldshut-Tiengenhave, Germany, only to fell just short of breaking that record and was only 361 short of 2,149 Smurfs, who previously broke the highest record in Wales in 2009.
  • February 11 - The 2017 movie's title changed from Get Smurfy to Smurfs: The Lost Village, along with further celebrity voice casts confirmed including Joe Manganiello as Hefty Smurf, Jack McBrayer as Clumsy Smurf and Danny Pudi as Brainy Smurf
  • March 1 - Doctor Smurf was published in English for North America by Papercutz.
  • March 18 - TF1 has acquired the licensing rights to the Smurfs brand in France.
  • April 1 - The 34th Smurf comic book, 'Les Schtroumpfs et le demi-génie (The Smurfs And The Half-Genie)' was published. On the same day, the Official Smurfs website was renovated and reopened.
  • May 25 - Brussels' Smurfs Store has opened its official website in French and English.
  • June 16 - The Global Smurfs Night was celebrated at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore.
  • July 5 - Nine Culliford, the widow of Peyo, passed away at the age of 86.
  • July 13 - August 21 - We're All Smurfs exhibition took place at Hong Kong’s Ocean Terminal Forecourt of Harbour City.
  • September 6 - Papercutz released The Wild Smurf in English.
  • September 21 - The official teaser trailer for 'Smurfs: The Lost Village' was released.
  • October - Smurf attractions, including a Smurf village was opened in Motiongate theme park in Dubai, U.A.E.
  • October 20 - 'Smurfs Save Spring' was on stage in France.
  • November 1 - Papercutz released The Smurfs Anthology Vol. 4 in English.
  • A Smurf attraction was built in Movie Animation Park Studio in Perak, Malaysia.

2017

2018

  • March 1 - The 36th Smurf comic book, 'Les schtroumpfs et le dragon du lac' was published.
  • March 24 - Brussels Airlines presents the plane of The Smurfs after a contest held in September, 2017.

Future Projects

2018

  • The Smurf Reporter is scheduled to be published in English by Papercutz.
  • 60th Anniversary of the Smurfs franchise will be celebrated.

2019

  • A 3D Television series of The Smurfs will be released that will feature new episodes.

2020

  • After the "Big Bang Smurf", the second Smurfs theme park will be opened in Lleida, Catalonia, Spain.

2028

  • 70th Anniversary of the Smurfs franchise will be celebrated
  • 100th Anniversary of Peyo's birth will be celebrated.

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