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Papa Smurf Signs "I Love You". Papa Smurf demonstrates the universal sign for "I Love you". The Smurfs cartoon episode called, Smurfing in Sign Language teaches our little blue buddies and viewers about sign language. Image from The Smurfs Cartoon - Smurfing in Sign Langauge. From 1983.



HANNA-BARBERA STORY EDITOR HELPS "SMURFS" USE SIGN LANGUAGE IN SPECIAL EPISODE
News Release - December 1983.

"Smurfing in Sign Language," an episode of "The Smurfs" which first aired on NBC-TV on December 24, 1983 proved to be a milestone in programming for deaf children. (This episode repeated on March 31, 1984.) The program was written by "Smurf" story editor Patsy Cameron (an interpreter for the deaf) and John Bates. In the story, Poet Smurf must recite his poem for spring but is rendered speechless by an evil spell. The Smurfs learn sign language from a mute wood elf, enabling them to understand Poet's recital. The lessons are simple and presented so the viewers can learn the symbols.

"Smurfing in Sign Language" was widely praised by organizations for the deaf as an effective means of bridging the gap between hearing and non-hearing persons and the wood elf, Laconia as a delightful role model for deaf children. Cameron, who says sign language is a beautiful, and universally understood form of communication, worked closely with animators as they illustrated the signs. "I love using sign language," Said Cameron, "It makes me happy to teach others this wonderful skill."

"One of the symbols we will demonstrate in this episode includes the sign of the cat, so the Smurfs can warn each other about Azrael without the cat hearing them. Another important one is the symbol for 'I Love You' which is the thought expressed in every Smurf episode we write."

Cameron learned sign language as a child when she lived next to a family whose children were deaf. She wrote former President Jimmy Carter upon her election and expressed her sorrow that deaf citzens would not be able to understand his inaugural address. The President invited her to the White House to be the inaugural interpreter before a live audience and for those watching on television. She was the interpreter for Pope John Paul II when he addressed the masses in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. in 1979.

Cameron was hired as one of Hanna-Barbera's youngest female writers in 1979 at the age of 20. She became the studio's first female story in 1983 on "The Smurfs" series with Ted Anasti and producer, Gerard Baldwin. "The Smurfs," which debuted in 1981, deals with meaningful, thought-provoking subjects for children such as death, greed and leadership. William Hanna and Joseph Barbera are executive producers. Hanna-Barbera is a division of Teco.
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Sign Language Symbol for The Smurfs
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Sign Language Symbol for The Smurfs. With hands making a triangle point above their heads, The Smurfs show us how to sign "Smurfs" in sign language. In the Smurf Cartoon, Smurfing in Sign Langauge, the Smurfs are taught how to communicate with sign language for the hearing impaired by a mute elf named Laconia. She demonstrates the sign language symbol for "Smurfs" in this special episode that aired on NBC-TV, March 31, 1984 at 8.m. (PST).
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Sign Language Symbol for Butterfly. Laconia, a friendly elf, demonstrates the sign language symbol for butterfly to Smurfette. Simply lock together your thumbs (with the palms of your hands facing inward) and flutter your fingers to represent the movement and shape of the butterfly. Try it - you can do it! The Smurfs learn sign language in the 1980s epsiode, Smurfing in Sign Langauge.
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