2008 is the year the smurfs (or, as i prefer them in german, die schlumpfe) turn fifty. to be honest, it is difficult for me to think of cartoon characters that i like less than the smurfs. foghorn leghorn perhaps? tiny toons and the goodfeathers? that, however, is just my particular taste. according to the son of their creator, the smurfs continue to flourish, and many new projects are in the offing. hey, what do i know?