Papa Smurf is one of the protagonists from the comic strip the Smurfs. Most Smurfs are said to be about 100 years old, but at the advanced age of 546 (553 in the 1980s series episode "The Littlest Giant"), Papa is the oldest Smurf and the leader of all Smurfs. Despite his age, he is still quite energetic. Easily distinguishable from all the other Smurfs, Papa Smurf has a bushy white mustache and beard and is typically dressed in red pants and a matching red Phrygian cap, making him the only Smurf who does not wear white.
Don Messick provided Papa Smurf's voice for the 1980s animated series as well as the special Cartoon All-Stars to the Rescue. Jonathan Winters, who voiced Grandpa Smurf on the animated series, was Papa Smurf's voice for the 2011 film and its 2013 sequel, with the latter being Winters' last film before his death. On The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol and The Smurfs: The Legend of Smurfy Hollow, Papa Smurf is voiced by Jack Angel. Mandy Patinkin voiced Papa Smurf in the animated film Smurfs: The Lost Village.
In the original French version, Papa Smurf's name is "Le Grand Schtroumpf” which means "the Great Smurf" or "the Big Smurf."
History with the Macy's Parade
Papa Smurf first appeared in the Macy's Parade in 2012, in the form of a brand-new balloon. This was to help promote the upcoming sequel to The Smurfs movie entitled The Smurfs 2, which had been produced by Sony Pictures Animation in 2011. This balloon featured him holding his cane (which measures 23-foot long) wearing a bowtie, and clicking his heels in excitement as he flies down the Parade route. The Papa Smurf balloon was retired after the 2014 Parade, alongside the Smurf's Mushroom House float. Before Papa Smurf was a balloon, another Smurf balloon flew before him. A separate article for that balloon can be read here.
In addition to appearing as a balloon, Papa Smurf appeared in the form of a walk-around character on the Smurf's Mushroom House float from 2008 to 2014.
"The Smurf Song (La La Song)" Instrumental (2012-2014)