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Q: Origins of the Snorks ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Origins of the Snorks
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Comics and Animation
Asked by: dekreeft27-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 05 May 2004 17:57 PDT
Expires: 04 Jun 2004 17:57 PDT
Question ID: 341770
Who created the Snorks and do their origins have any overlap with that
of the  Smurfs?
Subject: Re: Origins of the Snorks
Answered By: tutuzdad-ga on 05 May 2004 19:46 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear dekreeft27-ga;

Thank you for allowing me an opportunity to answer your interesting
question. This cartoon was originaly created by Freddy Monnickendam
for a Belgian comic book called "The Snorks".

?The Smurfs? was created by Pierre Culliford (who incidentally is
credited under the single name "Peyo") way back in 1958 for the comic
strip serial in "Le Journal de Spirou" called "Johan & Pirlouit"
(translated to English as "Johan and Peewit"). Back then a ?Smurf? was
originally known as a "Schtroumpf", but in the translation to English
the character became known as a (much easier to pronounce) ?Smurf?.
They are, however, also known by a variety of other names depending on
the host country?s language, but that's our interpretation.

Both Monnickendam and ?Peyo? are (or were, now that Peyo has since
died) originally from Belgium. They were professional colleagues and
both worked extensively on the Smurfs projects, with Monnickendam, of
course, doing the not-so-popular Snork project for about a year (1984)
at the request of the same producers.

It has been said that ?The Snork Maiden? a fictional character in the
writings and illustrations of Tove Jansson in the 1950s, 1960s, and
1970s was the basis for the Snork cartoon characters, but this is not
true. The Tove Jansson and Hanna-Barbera characters had no similarity
or connection whatsoever, other than name.

Now, as for the ?overlap?, clearly there was one but it was, of
course, all behind the scenes. The following links are supplied by:


From 1981 to 1992 Michael Bell was the voice of the "Smurfs?
characters Grouchy Smurf, Handy Smurf, Lazy Smurf and Johan. During
this same period (in 1984) he supplied the voices of ?Snorks?
characters Allstar, Bigweed, Elder and four additional voices.


Voice-over actors who also participated in both productions at various
times and supplied voices to both shows include:

Frank Welker
B.J. Ward
Robert Ridgely
Rob Paulsen
Edie McClurg
Peter Cullen
Rene Auberjonois

The overlap doesn?t end there. Other activities by the same people
were also taking place at various intervals during the making of these

Both shows were produced in part by 
Joseph Barbera
William Hanna
Freddy Monnickendam
(Hey, there?s that guy with the funny name again who created the Snorks!)

Hoyt S. Curtin wrote original music for both shows

Jayne Barbera and Jean MacCurdy served as production managers on
both projects.

There may be others that I have missed but I?ve probably abundantly
over-stated my point already. So, the mystery is now solved. How?s
that for two bucks? Not bad huh?

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Clarification of Answer by tutuzdad-ga on 05 May 2004 19:51 PDT
As if this wasn?t already enough, I suppose I should also have
mentioned the most revealing piece of evidence: that Freddy
Monnickendam, the creator of ?The Snorks? was also Executive Producer
of both ?The Snorks? and ?The Smurfs?.

dekreeft27-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $2.00
That is impressive and truly groundbreaking research. I award you my
highest rating and will tip you and additional $2.00 for the thorough
research and bonus Smurf info. Thanks

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