Poet does a recital at the speaking mushroom
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The speaking mushroom is a location in the Smurf Village where Papa Smurf (or any Smurf) would stand upon a mushroom to make announcements to the other Smurfs. It would also sometimes serve as a stage for Poet to recite his creative works.
The origin of the speaking mushroom was most likely the highest mushroom in the Smurf Village that Papa Smurf could hop to in the original comic book version of "The Smurfs And The Magic Flute" so he could speak directly to Sir Johan and Peewit without straining his neck. In most following interpretations the mushroom was hardly any bigger than a Smurf's house, which meant that Papa Smurf didn't need to jump so high in order to get his little Smurfs' attention.
Empath: The Luckiest Smurf stories
Papa Smurf makes an announcement at the speaking mushroom
In the EMPATH: The Luckiest Smurf story series, Empath usually stands to the side of the speaking mushroom when Papa Smurf makes announcements, indicating his status as the assistant counselor. In "Empath's Wedding", both Empath and Smurfette stood on the mushroom together to announce that they were going to be married.
Hero: The Guardian Smurf stories
In the HERO: The Guardian Smurf story series, the speaking mushroom is also referred to as the announcement mushroom, and has been used on occasion by Hero to make some personal announcements to his fellow Smurfs.
In the Smurf Me Up series, the mushroom is used as its name implies. It is mainly used by Papa Smurf to get the attention of everyone in the village as he prepares to make an announcement. This doesn't necessarily make it exclusive to Papa Smurf only.
LD Stories/Expanded AU
Within The Light and Dark Series, which crosses over with the Expanded Animated Universe, the speaking mushroom is the same as its rendition in the original cartoon series. It continues to be used by various Smurfs for announcements, many of which are given by Papa Smurf.
In the Season 11 episode, "Somebody's Hidden Talent," Somebody Smurf attempts to court Moxette only to learn that she is not interested in him because his name suggests he is still a "nobody." At the end of this episode, he uses the speaking mushroom to announce that his name has been officially changed from Somebody to Camouflage.