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Title Translation of
The Magical Meanie
FrenchLe mauvais génie
SpanishEl Genio Maléfico
GermanDer Flaschengeist
ItalianIl genio maleducato
DutchEen reuze plaaggeest

"The Magical Meanie" is a Season 1 episode from the Smurfs cartoon show.



Genie Meanie is the master of mean for genies

As Brainy and Clumsy flee from Azrael chasing them, they fall into the river and go over the waterfall, thankful to be still living as they are washed ashore. But they also see a bottle with strange writing on it floating next to them. As Clumsy rubs the bottle, a genie emerges, calling himself Genie Meanie and saying that he comes out every 100 years to grant wishes to whoever says the magic words. Brainy makes some guesses, but none of them are correct, and neither is Clumsy's guess. Genie Meanie tells them that at sundown, he goes back into the bottle for another 100 years, wishes or no wishes. Brainy mutters to Clumsy that he's starting to believe this genie is a fake, but Genie Meanie overhears and proves his power is real by causing the two Smurfs to flutter high on foot wings. They are now convinced that he is a real genie and ask him to put them down, which he does -- right into a mud puddle. Genie Meanie wants them to take him to someone who does know the magic words, and since Brainy and Clumsy know Papa Smurf knows magic, they take him to their village.

Meanwhile, Gargamel is using his magic projector to find the Smurfs, which he does -- two Smurfs that are carrying a genie in a bottle. He overhears them talk about Papa Smurf finding the magic words so that the genie would grant them three wishes that would come true. Gargamel cranks up his projector in order to find out more, but the projector blows up. Nonetheless, Gargamel is now desiring to get his hands on that genie so he could show the Smurfs the real meaning of "meanie".

Back in the village, the Smurfs see Brainy and Clumsy bringing Genie Meanie to them, which makes most of them excited. Brainy asks Smurfette where Papa Smurf is, and she answers that he's gone to dig for rare roots and will be back later, which means that they won't get their three wishes until he shows up. Greedy offers Genie Meanie a cake that he made for himself, but the genie decides to "share it with him" and, with a snap of his fingers, causes it to go splat on Greedy's face. Smurfette tells the genie she thought that was mean, but all Genie Meanie does is make more cakes materialize and go splat on all their faces. Hefty decides to give the genie a good fight, but the genie doesn't fight -- he just makes Hefty punch himself in the face.

In Gargamel's castle, the evil wizard is going through all his books and finds nothing until he comes across his great-grandfather's book on genies. He is ecstatic when he finds the section on Genie Meanie, which says he obeys the magic words "pumpernickel pickle", and decides to go out into the forest and broadcast the magic words for Genie Meanie to hear, telling the Smurfs to say their prayers because their genie is going to have a new master.

The Smurfs, meanwhile, continue to be the butt of Genie Meanie's jokes as he now douses them in buckets of water. Fed up with the genie's antics, Smurfette tells him to get out of the village, and the other Smurfs join her in trying to throw him out. But as they approach his bottle, Genie Meanie just makes them go in reverse until they find themselves in the river. Papa Smurf, who happens to be nearby, finds out from the Smurfs that a mean genie is in their village. He returns to confront the genie, telling him to behave or he will wish him out of the village. Genie Meanie tells Papa Smurf that he needs the magic words to do so, and to try intimidating the village leader, the genie makes carrots grow out of his beard and from his nose, giving him "food for thought".

Out in the forest, Gargamel is with his cat Azrael, broadcasting the magic words "pumpernickel pickle" through a megaphone. Soon Genie Meanie hears them and materializes right before Gargamel, telling the wizard that he has only ten minutes to use his three wishes before he goes back into the bottle. Gargamel decides to make his first wish come true -- to go straight to the Smurf Village. Genie Meanie rolls his eyes at the thought of going back there again, but nonetheless grants the wish.

At the village, the Smurfs are lined up in formation at the outskirts, armed with spears and ready for anything. Smurfette asks Hefty if he has seen any sign of Gargamel when he immediately appears right behind them with his cat, ready to grab them. As the Smurfs try to flee from the evil wizard's grasp, Papa Smurf is searching frantically through his books to try finding the magic words for Genie Meanie. Other Smurfs are busy pelting Gargamel and his cat with smurfberries, making Genie Meanie laugh at his master's situation. Gargamel then sees a group of Smurfs running away and tells Genie Meanie that he wishes to bring them back to him. The genie fulfills that wish, and soon the group of Smurfs are running backwards -- knocking over Gargamel as they do and loosing the Smurfs that he had in his basket. As the smurfberry pelting continues, Gargamel now tells Genie Meanie that he wishes to have all the Smurfs. Genie Meanie grants this wish, and soon Gargamel's basket fills up with Smurfs as they vanish one by one from the village -- all except for Brainy and Papa Smurf, who are hiding out in the village leader's laboratory.

But soon Azrael spots them, and drives them out into the open. Gargamel sees them and commands Genie Meanie to stop those Smurfs, but the genie tells him that he already has granted the wizard's three wishes. As Gargamel vainly tries to get the genie to obey, Papa Smurf is still searching for the correct magic words while on the run, even as Azrael has him and Brainy cornered. Just as Gargamel gloats in Azrael succeeding where the genie has failed him, though, Papa Smurf has found the magic words and recites "pumpernickel pickle" -- making Papa Smurf the genie's master now. The village leader now wishes for Gargamel and Azrael to be shrunk to Smurf-size -- a wish that impresses Genie Meanie as he grants it. Soon both the evil wizard and his cat are shrunk down, and the captured Smurfs jump out of the basket to run the both of them out of the village. Gargamel and Azrael escape on a raft, which Hefty notices, but Papa Smurf assures him that they have two more wishes -- yet they only have 30 seconds until sundown to use them.

Realizing that, Papa Smurf wishes for Genie Meanie to undo all the tricks he has done today, which he reluctantly does -- causing Greedy to have his cake back, undoing all the cake splatterings he has done on the other Smurfs, restoring Papa Smurf's face back to normal, and causing Gargamel and Azrael to revert back to normal-size, making them fall off the raft and getting carried by the river into the waterfall. Gargamel curses the Smurfs for this and says that he will get them for it someday.

Meanwhile, Genie Meanie is getting ready to go back into the bottle for another 100 years, but there are still 5 seconds left, and Papa Smurf's final wish has yet to be made. Genie Meanie complies with this. Papa Smurf now wishes the genie to stay in his bottle until he stops being mean. Genie Meanie protests to this wish, saying that he likes being mean, but he can't do anything against that wish as he is sucked back into the bottle and corked up.

As the Smurfs toss the bottle back into the river, Brainy sees night fall and the first star of the evening appear in the sky. He then says whoever sees the evening star gets to make a wish, to which Grouchy says that he hates wishes. All the other Smurfs could say is, "Oh, Grouchy!"

Background Information

  • Continuity error: When Papa Smurf makes his first wish, his pants are white.