Smurf the whole day long – Belgium celebrates cartoon heroes

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Belgium is celebrating the 60th birthday of the Smurfs by giving fans the chance to experience living in their village and take a virtual reality ride through mystical forests and caves.

Cartoonist Pierre Culliford, who wrote under the pseudonym Peyo, struck gold with the incidental creation of the Smurfs in 1958, as he initially had only invented them as supporting characters in his comic of medieval heroes Johan And Peewit.

After a great public response and demand for more Smurf adventures, the Belgian put the blue-skinned creatures center stage with their own comic…

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