A Blue Monday: Boomerang Honors The Smurfs With Presidents' Day Marathon

Kids of many ages can spend Presidents' Day with The Smurfs on Boomerang.
The Turner-owned animated service will run a 12-hour marathon of the little blue people who live in mushrooms from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 15.
Enjoying a nine-year run on broadcast, The Smurfs, which debuted on NBC's Saturday morning lineup in 1981 and became the Peacock's highest-rated animated series since 1970, are led by wise magician Papa Smurf, whose eclectic crew includes such characters as Brainy, Vanity, Hefty, Clumsy and Smurfette (the only female Smurf), a happy bunch threatened only by the evil wizard Gargamel and his cat Azrael.
"The children who grew up watching The Smurfs are now having children of their own," said Stacy Isenhower, senior vice president of programming and scheduling for Boomerang and Cartoon Network, in a statement. "Boomerang's Presidents' Day marathon is a great opportunity for the whole family to enjoy this classic-both again or for the first time."
Marathon highlights include the following episodes:
"Sir Hefty" - 8 a.m. (ET) - A giant fire-breathing dragon roams the forest, torching the trees as it passes. Hefty must fight the fires and defend Smurf Village. He leads the dragon away and is knighted "Sir Hefty Knight of the Smurf Table" by Papa Smurf.;
"Three Smurfketeers" - 1 p.m. (ET) - The Smurfs put on a play where Hefty, Jokey, and Greedy play the three musketeers, helping Clumsy Smurfingham win Smurfette Smurfington's hand in marriage; "The Haunted Castle" - 3:30 p.m. (ET) - Johan and Peewit, a young squire and his sidekick, join the Smurfs to help a ghost of a haunted castle find his rightful heir; and
"The Littlest Giant" - 6 p.m. (ET) - Papa Smurf helps a young runaway giant reunite with his own family.