From Each Smurf According to His Abilities, to Each Smurf According to His Needs
There are a lot of theories about The Smurfs – that they’re all in some elaborate polyamorous relationship, that they’re cult members, that they’re scripted to brainwash children into conformity. But the most prevailing idea is they’re a bunch of Communists.
Think about it: They all work specific jobs according to their talents but share the wealth and output of their toil. They dress the same. They live in an independent communal village in variations of the same house. Great care is taken to work for the common good and keep everyone in harmony. And Papa Smurf wears a red cap.
If that weren’t enough, take into account that their arch nemesis, Gargamel, is the prototypical Capitalist foil. An intellectual, if evil man, his entire beef with the Smurfs is commerce driven – he needs to capture the Smurfs so he can boil them down and turn them into gold. See kids? If that isn’t a thinly-veiled warning about the evils of Capitalist greed, my name isn’t Writer Smurf.
Now, whenever you hear the opening strains of The Smurfs insidious theme music, just remember…Commies!