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:
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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 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0919798/
B.J. Ward http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0911389/
Robert Ridgely http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0725894/
Rob Paulsen http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0667326/
Edie McClurg http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0566052/
Peter Cullen http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0191520/
Rene Auberjonois http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0041281/
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 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0053484/
William Hanna http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0360253/
Freddy Monnickendam http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0598353/
(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 http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0006022/ and Jean MacCurdy
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0531575/ served as production managers on
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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