The Smurfs Australian BP commercial (partially lost advertising material; 1980s)
|1981 photo of a BP station showing smurfs merchandise somewhere in an Australian BP station.|
Starting in 1979, gas and oil company BP launched a line of Smurf figurines and collectibles featuring The Smurfs that could be found in the UK, South Africa, and Australia.
Sometime in the mid-1980's, an Australian animated commercial was created that featured Papa Smurf checking out a BP station where Smurfs are found cleaning a car, and one smurf carrying a pile of tires. Like the UK National Benzole commercials, it also uses the "Smurf Song" by Vader Abraham, which is sang by Papa Smurf with the other Smurfs and reuses the "Service With A Smurf" slogan. Very little is known about the Australian BP commercial and has become very obscure as a result.
The commercial is notably different from the National Benzole commercial such as the character animation being more fluid and smooth. While most of the commercial is set inside a BP store such as Papa Smurf checking how clean the interior is and another smurf giving Papa Smurf a wrench he was searching for. Papa Smurf is later seen patting another smurf on the back. The ending is also different with a singing living car singing the last few lyrics and is then joined by Papa Smurf and the other worker Smurfs singing "You Get Service With A Smurf" twice.
The commercial was uploaded by an unknown Australian YouTube user sometime in 2010 who had also uploaded other commercials from Australia during the 1980's. However, it eventually got deleted once the user closed the YouTube account three years later.
Despite the closure of the YouTube Channel that contained the commercial. An unnamed YouTube Poop used footage from the commercial and lasted a bit longer until it got removed when the user also decided to close the account a couple years later.