EMPATH: THE LUCKIEST SMURF
"Reporter's Inside Stories: An Interview With Papa Smurf"
Story by Vic George
Based on the Smurf concept of characters by Peyo
Reporter: Now we come to the most
important Smurf to influence Empath's life...heck, he's been an
influence to every Smurf's life here. Of course, we're smurfing
about Papa Smurf, the great Smurf, the "ol' red, white, and
blue", as some Smurfs are fond of calling him. Even though he's
nearly four times the average adult Smurf's age around here,
Papa Smurf still has what it smurfs to keep a village running
and a community like ours smurfing. Most of the time, he's too
busy smurfing around with his experiments in the lab to smurf
any time for interviews, but today I was lucky to find him
off-duty, in a manner of smurfing.
(Papa Smurf is found sitting on a rocking chair, with a pipe in
Reporter: I hope I'm not desmurfing you, Papa Smurf,
because I just want to get a story about how you influenced
Papa Smurf: (takes pipe out of his mouth.) Yes, well, as
long as you're not smurf any questions that I don't feel like
answering, Reporter, since those kind of questions are
Reporter: You got it. Now I understand you were the first
Smurf to meet Empath when he was in Psychelia. What made you
decide to go to Psychelia to meet him?
Papa Smurf: Let's just say a little bird dropped by to
smurf me a message. It was from the Psyche Master. He wanted me
to smurf to Psychelia to see how Empath was smurfing over there,
so I went.
Reporter: Now how did Empath smurfed up in Psychelia in
the first place? That is, if you don't mind smurfing me!
Papa Smurf: (sighs heavily) I was responsible for
bringing him there mysmurf. It was basically because every one
of my fellow Smurfs in the village back then feared Empath's
newborn abilities, since another Smurf centuries ago possessed
the same abilities and had threatened to take over the minds of
every Smurf in the village. Somehow their parents resisted his
efforts, but they still feared the likes of him. That Smurf
ended up leaving the village to create his own race of people,
and now he's known as the Psyche Master.
Reporter: Whoa, another long-lost Smurf without a cause!
Papa Smurf: Back then, Empath almost became a lost cause.
I couldn't believe that the Psyche Master made me believe that
Empath had died all those years ago.
Reporter: So how did it feel to have Empath back again
after all those years?
Papa Smurf: I wish I could smurf that I was happy about
it -- until Empath started smurfing at me so strangely and
called me a "savage being." I smurf that the Psyche Master has
smurfed up Empath's mind so badly with some strange ideas about
Smurfs. That was how I got the Psyche Master to allow Empath to
visit us for a full year every ten years.
Reporter: That night when Empath went to smurf you about
his dream, and you smurfed him the truth about his origin then,
he got so angry with you. Why didn't you smurf him the truth
about it sooner?
Papa Smurf: First off, it was a condition of the Psyche
Master that I was not allowed to smurf anything of my
relationship to Empath before his 150th birthday. And secondly,
in case you forgot, I had to be the Papa Smurf to 97 other young
Smurfs like yourself. I had to smurf everything I could to bring
this community together, not smurf it apart. And that meant
making Empath feel like all his fellow Smurfs were his brothers.
Reporter: I remember back then when you smurfed to all of
us that you needed us to help make this village a family that
works and lives together. I thought that would have been
impossible to accomplish, since I had just lost my Mama and Papa
Smurf back then.
Papa Smurf: Well, I'm glad to smurf that you've
accomplished a lot since then. Your parents would have been
proud of you, just as I am now.
Reporter: Strangely, I don't even smurf about them
anymore. I guess I have been so used to calling you Papa Smurf
all those years, you feel like you're my only real parent.
Papa Smurf: Not that I wish that to be the case, but
thank you for smurfing that.
Reporter: You're welcome, Papa Smurf. Now getting back to
Empath -- that night when you smurfed him that you were his real
father, he smurf so angry with you that he hit you in the smurf.
I mean, no other Smurf has ever dared to smurf you like that!
Papa Smurf: Unfortunately, there's a first time for
Reporter: And knowing you, it would hopefully be your
last time. Truth to tell, it almost became your last time when
you smurfed Empath from killing himself inside a volcano.
Somehow you've managed to escape the smurfs of death again. Have
you finally felt you've made peace with Empath enough to forgive
Papa Smurf: We came to realize how much each other was
hurt, even more so when Empath smurfed to his knees to ask for
forgiveness, making me feel like I was the Psyche Master. I
decided to smurf down on my own knees and tell him how sorry I
really was for smurfing a mess out of his life. Time and love
has helped heal those wounds between us, so now we are back to
where we were before, only now stronger and smarter.
Reporter: And perhaps wiser as well. Which leads me to my
next question -- which is about Empath being your assistant
counselor. Are you training him to be the next leader of the
Smurf Village or what?
Papa Smurf: Being an assistant counselor is part of that
plan, Reporter, though whether Empath wishes to accept that role
when the time smurfs or not is his decision to make.
Reporter: Why not Brainy? After all, you are training him
to be a sorceror.
Papa Smurf: Brainy is pretty much busy enough trying to
smurf everything about sorcery. What he needs to smurf right now
is how to obey orders in addition to giving them, which I feel
he has trouble smurfing except with Empath. He's very good at
smurfing Brainy straight about what's expected of him.
Reporter: Okay, what about Empath's friend, Polaris
Psyche? You weren't very comfortable about the idea of having
one of those people smurfing in our village.
Papa Smurf: No, I wasn't. Polaris reminded me a bit too
much of the people that tried to resmurf Empath in the Psyche
Master's image. Before Empath even started a smurf a friend out
of Polaris, he thought that, like himsmurf, Polaris was nothing
more than a smurfless drone of the Psyche Master. Even I
shamefully admit that's how I smurfed about Polaris when Empath
smurfed him into the village when he was exiled from Psychelia,
but Empath somehow smurfed more in him than I would ever bother
trying to smurf.
Reporter: So you don't see Polaris as any kind of threat
to us anymore?
Papa Smurf: Surprisingly, Polaris has proved himsmurf to
be very loyal and trustworthy. And he's starting to make some
friends here as well. I just can't smurf the point of continuing
to hold my prejudices against Psyches when it comes to dealing
with Polaris for much longer. He may have been created by the
Psyche Master, but he is nothing like his former leader.
Reporter: By the way, what do you think about what
Smurfette's doing with herself? I mean, she's got an album
smurfing out sometime soon. Sounds like she's smurfed control of
her own life now.
Papa Smurf: Well, it's about time it happened! I didn't
think Smurfette would ever find something to apply herself to --
not that she doesn't smurf a good job doing things like caring
for Baby Smurf, but she's a Smurf first and foremost. If there's
anything she wants to achieve in the world, I won't smurf in her
way of getting it done.
Reporter: Most Smurfs in the village have been seeing
Empath and Smurfette together a lot. I mean, Smurfette never
went with a single Smurf for two straight years before that! Do
you think Empath and Smurfette may be falling in love? And if
so, what is your opinion about it?
Papa Smurf: (chuckles) Unless something smurfs wrong
between the two of them, whatever relationship Empath and
Smurfette may be smurfing is not any of my business. Personally,
I'm just glad that Empath is getting along well with Smurfette.
She is the first adult female Smurf that Empath had ever smurfed
in his lifetime.
Reporter: Some time ago, Papa Smurf, you had those...kind
of feelings for Smurfette...the kind that no younger Smurf would
or should ever expect an older Smurf like you to have. Have you
gotten completely over those feelings for Smurfette?
Papa Smurf: Smurfette already smurfed me how she felt
about me, so now I don't have those kind of feelings for her
anymore. Personally, I'd rather be a Papa Smurf to her than
anything else. That doesn't mean that I don't love her, just
that I now know how I love her.
Reporter: One last thing: as you're approaching the
halfway mark to your next century, how do you manage to smurf so
active all those years?
Papa Smurf: Age has nothing to do with it! As I once
smurfed to a former smurfheart of mine, "You're only as old as
you think you are, if you think at all..." And the best way to
smurf young is just to appreciate and enjoy what you have in
your life. Like smurfing care of Baby Smurf, the one Smurf that
smurfed me that one thing I wished I could have smurfed with
Empath...smurfing my time with a baby, watching him grow and
gently guiding him along the way, hearing him smurf his first
words, teaching him to walk, all the wonderful and sometimes
surprising things that can happen. Baby Smurf makes me feel as
young as I was when Empath smurfed into the world. All he needs
now is a name, which right now would take a miracle for some
Reporter: Speaking about your former smurfheart, you
think you'll ever see Flowerbell again?
Papa Smurf: That's one question I do not wish to answer
right now, Reporter.
Reporter: Sorry about that, Papa Smurf. It's just that
you haven't met anyone like her in six years. You must get
lonely for someone like that.
Papa Smurf: I appreicate the thought, Reporter, but I'm
smurfing all right by myself right now. With all my little
Smurfs, some good friends like Homnibus, and my Imaginarium, how
can I ever be lonely for someone? I'd rather pass away a happier
Smurf seeing all my little Smurfs creating happy lives for
themselves and smurfing this little community together. Of
course, it wouldn't hurt either if they had found -- knock on
Smurf -- other female Smurfs somewhere in the world to settle
down with and smurf a new generation of young Smurfs. And I
would like to smurf Baby Smurf growing up and finding himself
something that he can smurf me proud of, whatever it is. Then I
can think about retiring my identity as Papa Smurf and maybe
start calling myself Grandpa Smurf. (Chuckles at that thought.)
Is there anything else?
Reporter: Out of a reporter's
curiosity, did you ever know that you were going to be smurfed
as Papa Smurf?
Papa Smurf: Only when I was a young
Smurfling, I came across this wizard known as Palladore, who
smurfed me everything that I know about magic. He smurfed me by
the name of Abraham, which he said I wouldn't know what it
smurfed back then, but will come to smurf in the future time
that just smurfed by a few years ago, when his spirit summoned
me in order to smurf with the druids who were about to escape
and take over the earth with their leader's Moonrock Amulet.
Tapper then smurfed me that the name Abraham means "father of
many", since it's also the name of a real person from this Holy
Bible that he smurfs from. I hope that's enough smurfonal
information about me to smurf in your Inside Stories article.
Reporter: It's just what I need, Papa Smurf. And frankly,
you shouldn't be smoking, since that's rather bad for your
(Papa Smurf sticks his pipe back in his mouth and blows some
soap bubbles from it.)
Papa Smurf: Now who said that I was smoking in the first
Reporter: (laughs nervously) Okay, Papa Smurf, I smurf
corrected on that. Thanks for letting me interview you.
NOTE: Papa Smurf is voiced by the late
Don Messick in the Smurfs cartoon show, and by Jonathan Winters
in the 2011 Smurfs