Writer's Notes On "Days Of Auld Lang
A New Year's Eve Smurf story
I'm not sure if Peyo or the studio that
currently follows in his footsteps have ever created a Smurf story that was
centered around the theme of New Year's Eve, but if they haven't, or if nobody
else did, then this fanfiction story would certainly be the first. Anyway,
the idea of having Papa Smurf's fellow Smurfs -- the parents of most of his
"little Smurfs" in the EMPATH stories -- return in a somewhat illusory manner
during the time around New Year's Eve was one I certainly thought of writing.
The original title of this story was going to be something like "Should Auld
Acquaintance Be Forsmurfed". This story includes some backstory into the
fanfiction character Tapper, which features elements from the time-traveling
cartoon episode story "Shamrock Smurfs".
- Actor's uncanny ability to portray his fellow Smurfs
was shown in the cartoon episode "All The Smurf's A Stage".
- Actor's first Imaginarium-created movie attempt
sounds like it may be a Smurf version of Star Wars.
- The three story ideas Brainy speaks of for possible
movies to create feature titles of three different cartoon episodes --
though only two of them, "Robin Smurf" and "The Three Smurfketeers", are
plays put on by the Smurfs while "Romeo And Smurfette" is simply an
adaptation of the original comic book's story with part of the comic story "Smurf Of One And
A Smurf Dozen Of The Other" thrown in.
- This story introduces two features of the Imaginarium
-- the privacy feature and one that alters the user's physical appearance,
as evidenced by Papa Smurf wearing his beard brown within his fantasy
setting. Also, Papa Smurf has control over the characters in his
fantasy setting, preventing Empath from removing his Imaginarium-created
- This story was intended to be at least the second
EMPATH short story in which Chlorhydris appears to give the Smurfs trouble.
- Hogatha also wore a pair of magic earrings that allow
her to hear sounds from all over the world -- including the Smurfs -- in the
cartoon episode "The Magic Earrings".
- Baker, the father of Greedy, is actually the name of
Greedy's original comic book analog character.
- Interestingly, Smurfette had an invisible orange
horse friend named Blue Eyes, who appeared in at least two cartoon episodes,
though the character itself wasn't a physical hallucination of Smurfette's.
- Molly Smurfette mentions about an enchanted stew
found on the Emerald Isle that would have turned her husband Seamus Smurf
into a leprechaun if he had eaten it -- something that the Smurfs who were
lost in their never-completed time-traveling adventure during the final
season of the cartoon show had found, and Greedy fell victim to, in the
episode "Shamrock Smurfs".
- Tapper's comment about Jokey being as annoying as a
leprechaun is also partly inspired by the episode "Shamrock Smurfs", where
Jokey himself disguises himself as a leprechaun -- though time-wise, if the
time-travelling stories actually end up occuring in the actual timeline of
the EMPATH: The Luckiest Smurf stories, this would be a type of
- Papa Smurf references a verse from his own song
"You're Only As Old As You Think You Are", which he sang to both Flowerbell
the woodnymph and to his little Smurfs in "Papa's Wedding Day", which he
tells Lillithina in Chapter 6.
- Normally in the cartoon show, most Smurfs would be
unaware of Baby's unique magical abilities, but here in this story, Polaris
and Smurfette are fully aware of these abilities, and Smurfette carries Baby
Smurf around the dining area in Chapter 8 to make use of them.
- Interestingly, it's the second story written so far
in which Empath and his fellow Smurfs have control over Papa Smurf's
leadership -- the first was in "Papa Smurf & Mama Smurfette", where Empath
in Smurfette's alternate timeline takes Papa Smurf's leadership away from
him by force. Here in this story, however, Empath in the actual
timeline restores Papa Smurf's leadership to him after he had chosen to step
down from it earlier on.
- Nat's own suggestion for a movie, "The Adventures Of
Tarsmurf", may have been a fictionalized (in their universe) version of Wild
Smurf's own adventures, though modified to a certain degree.