Bugs are the most awful nightmare for every developer in the IT sector because they require extra working hours and effort to fix them. When you send an e-mail to dev guys telling them a client isn’t satisfied and a certain app has got bugged and needs rework, believe me, these guys become true fearful monsters. It’s because coding costs a lot and even sometimes no solution can be figured out. But … but there are other bugs that are not frightful at all. Just on the opposite. They are sweet, loving and cheerful creatures that bring us to our childhood. They are black-and-red, yellow or blue whose story began at the beginning of last century.
The “European veteran” bug is Maya the Bee. The animated character was first created by the German writer of children’s books Waldemar Bonsels in 1912. The Adventures of Maya the Bee was published as a comic book series and later it appeared as an animated television series with numerous adaptations depending on the country it was released in. This is a vivid story of the bee society and depicts the life of extremely curious Maya raised by her teacher Mrs Cassandra the Bee. The little baby bee is very inquisitive and wants to explore the world outside the bee hive. Moreover, she wants to help the beloved Queen Bee of the honey bee colony. That’s why she risks going out where she befriends Willy the Bee, Flip the Grasshopper and all other insects that dwell in the meadow.
If Bonsels had worked together with Czech author Ondřej Sekora, for sure, Maya the Bee would meet Ferda Mravenec somewhere there among the beautiful flowers. Ferda the Ant is the black red-scarf creature that is the main character of the 1933 children’s book and animated television series which is so well-known in Europe. Like Maya, Ferdy (as it’s better known) is a good-hearted bug that has a great number of friends (Ladybird, Poke the Bug and Pytlík the Beetle being few of them) with whom it has thousands of exciting experiences.
And the whole “natural scene” has been supplemented and coloured with another fictional colony consisting of small blue creatures – the Smurfs. Their creator is the Belgian comic artist Pierre Culliford (whose pen name is simply Peyo) who invented jokingly a brand new word during a meal when he momentarily forgot the word “salt” and asked for schtroumpf to be passed to him. Thus the original Dutch name “Smurf” appeared after having been translated from the French “Schtroumpf”. And … and these small creatures were originally only male and 99 in number but they increased to over 100 walking blue bugs when their biggest enemy – Gargamel, created the first girl – blonde Smurfette and later her sister – red-head Sassette plus Nat, Snappy and Slouchy appeared as new smurfs in the smurf family. And last few words about these pretty blue bugs. They all have characteristic names (like Brainy, Clumsy, Vanity, Jokey, Lazy, Dreamy, Greedy and so on) that show their personality. They live in mushroom-like houses in Smurf Village which is one part of the “The Cursed Land” (Le Pays Maudit) that is not easily reachable at all. Besides they have their own smurfastic language which is quite easy to learn as most of the verbs and nouns have the root “smurf”. And last but not least the Smurfs are very freedom-loving which could be understood first through their actions against Gargamel and second through the Phrygian caps they wear. I will open a bracket here. This cap is also known as a “liberty cap” and was worn by the Illyrians in the Balkan Peninsula to the North-West. It was a very soft (even pooh) conical cap that had a top put forward and signified liberty and the pursuit of freedom in Classical Antiquity and Roman times. The bracket closed.