When the movie adaptation of the classic comic and cartoon "The Smurfs" hit the big screen late this summer, it placed the lovable blue woodland creatures smack in the middle of New York City, the hub of human insanity. They were small, blue and CGI, obvious works of fiction, however adorable they may have been.
A real smurf? Probably wouldn't have those exaggeratedly round features and silly hat, that's for sure.
Here's a digital painting by Nate Hallinan, who imagined the creatures in a much more realistic way. Here's part of his description:
The Smurf is actually the result of a symbiotic relationship between two organisms. We believe that Smurfs put their
'embryos' in the button of a developing mushroom. From a distance, Smurfs seem like they are wearing a hat and pants
but as you can see this is a fallacy. The fungus provides camouflage and protective epidermal layers for the creature, while the creature provides nutrients and mobility for the spreading of spores.
Click over to his site to read the rest, as well as a full sized image.