When you were young did you watch The Smurfs on Saturday mornings? I know I did I use to love the Smurfs!
Did you know that the Smurfs cartoon was the first cartoon to use Sign Language?! Yep! It aired on Saturday November 19th in 1983 on NBC.
This episode was about the Rite of Spring Festival! This was going to be a time of dancing, music and poetry! Now, Poet Smurf was to create a special poem for this event and recite it before sunset.
Now, while poet smurf is getting his poem together here comes that damn Gargmel and Azrael! Gargmel has invented a potion called “Sweet Silence” that he sprays on poet smurf that renders him mute! (mother$%^&r)
To Make a long story in text short Poet gets back to the village and Papa Smurf knows exactly what to do!
He sends a letter to his Friend Laconia who is a Wood Elf and was born mute. (according to the cartoon) She explains to them about sign language and shows them some signs! very Cool!
Poet smurf loved ASL so much and recognize and saw the beauty in the language that he decided to recite his poem using sign language and Smurf language!
Laconia didn’t get her voice back but guess what she was ok and happy with that. She loved herself and did not feel left out or handicap in any form or fashion!
Check out this episode!