8 years later (I'm dating myself here) you can now type 'smurfs and communism' into any search engine and find articles galore on the topic. The wonders of the Internet!
So, here's the long and the short of it. The Smurfs live in a communal village where everyone is equal, shares equally, but is lorded over by the all knowing, benevolent Papa Smurf (AKA Karl Marx if you believe this.) They call each other Brainy Smurf, Papa Smurf, Clumsy Smurf etc., much like the Comrade moniker. They all live in the same mushroom houses, wear the same clothing, and they have no real money! It's a true collective out in the woods, where they fight Gargomel, who is drawn like a stooped over evil Jerry Lewis.
Gargomel represents capitalism at it's worst, greedy, self-aggrandizing and arrogant. Azreal, the befuddled orange cat who did Gargomel's bidding was a bit of a mystery, perhaps representing the slave laborer of the capitalist society.
Throw into the mix that the creator, Peyo, is an admitted communist and it does start to smell a bit fishy.
What about Smurfette you ask? Well, I won't go into it, but many sites have long discourses on what she represents. Whether she was also sharing equally with the commune or, as some of these sites claim, the Smurf village was actually a homo-utopia. *shrug* I just don't know!
So my question to my friend at the end of this all was, 'So what's up with the Snorks then?'
You remember the Snorks don't you?