Season 8, which aired from 1988 to 1989, introduced two final characters to the show -- the grandmotherly Nanny Smurf, and her pink marsupial-type pet known as Smoogle. The human character of Denisa, who befriends Sassette, would also show up in some episodes of this season, as well as Grandpa Smurf's archenemy known as Nemesis.
The show itself would be cut back to its original Season 1 60-minute running time, where it would remain for the rest of the show's run. This was the only season to utilize digital ink and paint entirely for coloring.
However, as Season 9 would limit the number of Smurf characters appearing in an episode to around 17 due to its premise centering around a cliche "lost in time" plot, and the show would not be picked up for another season after that, this season would be the final one for most of the other Smurf characters to appear in. It was also the final season for Gargamel and most of the present-time period characters, both allies and villains, to appear in.
The intro begins with Hefty and Sassette flying through an orange sky on Feathers, and as they fly over the forest, Gargamel is ready to launch himself in a rocket to capture the two Smurfs. Scruple pulls the lever which launches the rocket, and Gargamel tries to scoop the two Smurfs up in his net but misses, and his rocket malfunctions, causing him to plummet out of the sky. The two Smurfs on Feathers now circle around Grandpa Smurf, Nanny, and Smoogle, who are sailing together on Grandpa's magic hot-air balloon. Down below in the village, some Smurfs are taking turns looking up in the sky using a telescope, and we see from behind Hefty and Sassette zooming through the Smurf Forest as they come in for a landing. The two elderly Smurfs join them at the same time, and Sassette hands Hefty a book which Wild swings down on a vine to grab and does a somersault in the air before landing and handing the book to Clumsy, who takes it while Wild scratches himself with his leg. Clumsy enters a house, leaps over Brainy, and lands into Smurfette's arms, who carries him over to a rocking chair that Papa Smurf is sitting in, and as the Smurfs gather around, Papa Smurf opens the book and turns to a page where we see a group of Smurfs rushing toward the SMURFS title logo and disappear behind it, with Clumsy appearing on top of a mushroom as the intro ends.
The episodes that appeared in this season (in the order of their original air dates) include:
|No. in series||No. in season||Title card||Title||Air date||Code|
|352||1||Lost Smurf||September 10, 1988||801|
|Grandpa Smurf travels to a disappearing castle to save Nanny Smurf.|
|353||2||Archives Of Evil||September 10, 1988||813|
|Nemesis breaks into the Archives of Evil to steal its power while Brainy and Clockwork are missing from Clockwork's birthday party due to testing Papa's spell book.|
|354||3||Bigmouth's Roommate||September 17, 1988||810a|
|Scruple moves in with Bigmouth after Gargamel kicks him out of the house.|
|355||4||Bungling Babysitters||September 17, 1988||809b|
|Smoogle must save Baby from Hogatha due to irresponsibility of his arguing babysitters Handy, Brainy, and Greedy.|
|356||5||Clockwork's Powerplay||September 17, 1988||802a|
|Clockwork Smurf experiences a power overload after being struck by lightning.|
|357||6||Clumsy In Command||September 17, 1988||812a|
|Clumsy and Brainy make their hiking teams and compete to the top of a mountain.|
|358||7||Don Smurfo's Uninvited Guests||September 24, 1988||811b|
|Brainy, Nanny, and Snappy get stuck in Don Smurfo's storybook, and they will disappear after the last page.|
|359||8||Denisa's Greedy Doll||September 24, 1988||811a|
|Gargamel uses Greedy's apron to enchant Denisa's doll into a voodoo doll that controls Greedy.|
|360||9||Denisa's Slumber Party||September 24, 1988||812b|
|Denisa invites Sassette to a slumber party in Balthazar's castle and Gargamel is watching over the castle for the night.|
|361||10||Grandpa's Nemesis||October 1, 1988||808|
|The Smurfs must hide their Long Life Stone when Grandpa's long time enemy reappears.|
|362||11||Grandpa's Walking Stick||October 1, 1988||816|
|While trying to teach Wild how to quell his new fear of heights, Brainy accidentally breaks Grandpa's walking stick and sends the Smurflings to the enchanted forest to find a replacement.|
|363||12||A House For Nanny||October 1, 1988||815|
|The Smurfs start designing a new house for Nanny while she and her former roommate Smurfette go to find a house-warming plant for Nanny's house.|
|364||13||It's A Smurfy Life||October 8, 1988||803b|
|After Brainy unknowingly causes Handy's machines to malfunction, Handy runs away when everyone thinks it's his fault.|
|365||14||Land Of Lost And Found||October 8, 1988||806|
|To get back Papa Smurf's telescope, Hefty, Handy, and Brainy make an exchange with the Lord of Lost and Found, but he takes Hefty's strength, Handy's handiness, and Brainy's memory.|
|366||15||Long Live Brainy||October 8, 1988||804a|
|A Trokel makes Brainy a king to get back his job.|
|367||16||A Maze Of Mirrors||October 15, 1988||805b|
|A numerous number of Vanity's clones appear after he takes a trip to the Mansion of Mirrors.|
|368||17||Memory Melons||October 15, 1988||807|
|Selwyn tries to tell Tallulah how he feels about her using a memory melon, making things even worse.|
|369||18||Nanny's Way||October 15, 1988||810b|
|Nanny tries to help the Smurfs doing their jobs her own way, but no Smurf is satisfied with that, so she runs away.|
|370||19||Pappy's Puppy||October 22, 1988||804b|
|Gargamel trains Puppy to be a Smurf catcher when the dog loses its memory after a fall.|
|371||20||Shutterbug Smurfs||October 22, 1988||803a|
|Handy invents a camera to create pictures faster, which makes Painter jealous.|
|372||21||Smoogle Sings The Blues||October 22, 1988||802b|
|Smoogle must sing the happiness song to make everyone who heard Chlorhydris' raven of unhappiness happy again.|
|373||22||A Smurf For Denisa||October 22, 1988||814|
|Balthazar's niece Denisa befriends Sassette and they go to Gargamel's castle.|
|374||23||Smurf The Presses||October 22, 1988||809a|
|Reporter leads Gargamel to the village thinking that he has changed his ways.|
|375||24||Stealing Grandpa's Thunder||October 22, 1988||805a|
|Grandpa fears Nanny will take his place as storyteller with her better memory. Meanwhile, Wild tries to save the animals from the Stalker, but Stalker captures him and Grandpa.|
- Apple iTunes has made the entire set of Season 8 episodes available for download.
- On July 2013, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the entire season on DVD set for Germany, featuring all the eighth season episodes and eighteen additional episodes of Adventures Of Sir Johan And Peewit from the second and third seasons.
- On August 2013, Beyond Home Entertainment released the entire season on a DVD set for Australia and New Zealand.
- Peewit's head appears as one of the characters in the book Papa Smurf opens in the intro, along with the heads of Gargamel, Scruple, Homnibus, Lord Balthazar, and Mother Nature, who appear in the Season 8 episodes while Peewit does not.
- This season marks the first time to not introduce one-shot Smurfs exclusive to the series. The crew at Hanna-Barbera were running out of ideas for new Smurfs at this point, which would carry on with the next season.
- This is the shortest season in the 1981 series.
- Smurf The Presses features the last appearances of Gargamel, Azrael, and Scruple.
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