The sleepy, picturesque Andalucian village of Juzcar has been turned upside down since it was chosen as the location for the Smurf movie last year. Every one of the village houses was painted a bright blue, rather than the traditional sugar cube white, but the producers Sony promised to restore the pristine white as soon as filming finished. Now though everything has changed. News of the Smurf village has spread far and wide turning the village into a major tourist attraction in the area and bringing 80,000 tourists a year to spend their Euros in the shops, market, restaurants and bars. Prior to the Smurfs, there were only about 25 visitors a month and now there are thousands - up to 10000 in fact, bringing crowded streets, full employment to the 200 or so residents and a thriving economy.
Following a referendum, the villagers have voted unanimously to keep their houses blue and enjoy the unexpected but very welcome boost to their livelihoods that the Smurfs have brought them.
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