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Similarities between The Smurfs and The Gummi Bears

Discussion in 'Saturday Morning Forever!' started by Nexonius, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. Nexonius

    Nexonius Ten, count em', ten years!

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    Have you ever compared Hanna-Barbera's The Smurfs to Disney's Adventures of The Gummi Bears?



    I did.



    From watching all the Smurf and Gummi Bears episodes on my DVD (I converted my old and new tapes to DVDs), I started to realize the similarities between the two shows.




    Similarities:

    - Both were successful

    - Both was on NBC (well, until last 2 seasons of Gummi Bears)

    - Both ended in 1990

    - Both were fantasy adventure-like shows

    - Paul Winchell (Gargamel, Nosy & Baby Smurf on The Smurfs, Zummi (season 1 to 5) on GB), June Foray (Grammi Gummi on GB and Jokey Smurf & Mother Nature in The Smurfs), Noelle North (Cubbi Gummi on GB and Slouchy Smurf), Alan Young (Various on GB, and Farmer and Minor Smurf) and others did voices for both shows

    - Both had Villans: Gargamel and Duke Igthorn

    - Kid Humans: Calvin and Princess Calla (Gummi Bears), Johan and Princess Savina, Prince Gearld (The Smurfs)

    - Mystical Powers (Zummi Gummi, Papa Smurf and Gargamel)






    That's the comparisons I only know for know. For the members: Smurfs, or Gummi Bears?


    -John
     
  2. Harlan_Phoenix

    Harlan_Phoenix Active Member

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    A decent chunk of those things could describe any show.

    ...And?
     
  3. Silverstar

    Silverstar Rock the Dragon

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    Both shows were set in psuedo-medieval times.

    The central characters on both shows lived in fantasy forest settings.

    The central casts of both shows were friends with human royalty.

    Both casts featured an elderly sorcerer (Papa, Zummi), a cute girl (Smurfette, Sunni), a glutton (Greedy, Tummi), a mother-figure (Grammi, Nanny) and a grouch (Grouchy, Gruffi).

    Both casts had ogres as antagonists.
     
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  4. kid rabbit

    kid rabbit Active Member

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    I think gummie bears was the diseny rip-off of the smurfs . the smurfs was THE 80 cartoon to beat
     
  5. Silverstar

    Silverstar Rock the Dragon

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    Eh, I wouldn't call Gummi Bears a flat-out rip-off of Smurfs per se, while indeed similar in parts, when you compare the 2 shows they're also in many ways fundamentally different. But no doubt it was the runaway success of Smurfs that was at least partially responsible for Gummi Bears' creation.
     
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  6. MonkeyFunk

    MonkeyFunk Kids and grown-ups love me so

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    The Smurfs pretty much spawned a small genre. Gummi Bears, Snorks, Bluffers...
     
  7. Samurai

    Samurai Active Member

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    How about the cannibalistic undertones: Gargamel spends every episode trying to capture & eat the Smurfs... and well the Gummi Bears are candy bears that kids love to eat...
     
  8. Antiyonder

    Antiyonder Amalgam Universe Overlord
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    One difference I'd point out is that the Gummi Bears take the sterotypical characteristics of the Smurfs and add a little depth to them.
     
  9. HellCat

    HellCat Lesser spotted Brit
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    That and everything in between. These were mean streets and I knew it, but someone had to tidy 'em up. Too many families were being ruined by the Snorks and the Bluffers. I lamented the fate of my good friend Johnny Curlyfries and bit my lip, hard. As I entered my office, I poured my usual dosage of gin and reclined into my chair. My blood burned with a mix of anger and cheap booze...
     
  10. DrTooth

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    I agree. While similar, it wasn't quite as sweet as the Smurfs was, plus it definately did have more depth to it. I can remember the Duke tried to over throw the king in every episode (vauge memory. I didn't get a chance to get the DVD, and the last time I saw a full episode was years ago). So that one was a little different as far as villains go.

    And I feel that the Gummi Berry Juice thing is quite a different element from the get go. It seems sort of lifted out of Asterix (Getafix's magic potion) than anything that happened in the Smurfs.

    besides, weren't the Gummies a smaller group of several that lived in a tree, whilest the Smurfs were an entire village, and lived in little Mushroom houses.

    Seriously... need to see both again.
     
  11. Peter Paltridge

    Peter Paltridge Knows about rock people
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    The difference is I can make it through a Gummi Bears episode.
     
  12. Darklordavaitor

    Darklordavaitor Moderator
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    QFT
     
  13. Leviathan

    Leviathan "It's against nature!"
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    [​IMG]

    Hehehhehehheheheheheheheheheheeh!
     
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  14. DrTooth

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    And the gag you were getting at with this broken Jpeg is?
     
  15. Afi Keita James

    Afi Keita James New Member

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    I wish they make a crossover of the shows.
     
  16. TsWade2

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    I love the Gummi bears, but I hate the Smurfs. Sorry.
     

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