Ever wonder why the Smurfs are blue? Some say it's because of the radical diet of mushrooms they consume.

Others believe it has something to do with the polluted water in their village.

The real answer, however, is much more simple.

So, why are the Smurfs blue? Read on to find out!

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The Smurfs were created by Belgian cartoonist Peyo in 1958. In the original comics, the Smurfs were white. It wasn't until their first animated appearance in the 1981 show "The Smurfs" that they were changed to blue.

According to Peyo's biographer, Stéphane Rozenberg, the decision to change their color was made by Peyo's son Nicolas and animation director European Productions.

They thought that blue would be more fitting for a fantasy creature than white.

Interestingly, the original French title for "The Smurfs" was "Les Schtroumpfs." This is where the word "Smurf" comes from. In Dutch (which is very similar to Belgian French), "schtroumpf" means "gnome" or "dwarf." So, essentially, the Smurfs are blue gnomes!

There you have it! The next time someone asks you why the Smurfs are blue, you can tell them it's because they're gnomes.

Of course, this is just one theory; there are plenty of other reasons why people believe the Smurfs are blue. But at least now you know the most likely explanation!

If you fancy painting the town blue and dressing up as your favourite Smurf, why not take part in the bluest adventure yet: The Smurfs Great Escape. Tickets are on sale now.

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