Building on the success of its original short-form animation, Two Minute Tales, Hopster, the preschool learning and entertainment app, will debut a new, original triple-length Christmas episode (6 minutes) of the popular pre-school series. Since its launch, the series, which presents Grimm’s classic fairy tales in a surprisingly new light, has been one of the most watched shows on the platform.
The special Christmas episode, The Little Toymaker, launching on Hopster on Boxing Day (26th December), will delight youngsters with a festive, heart-warming message of love and selflessness. Like the original series, the animation was created by production company The Consortium of Gentlemen and bears its trade-mark style reminiscent of pre-3D computer games graphics mixed with medieval illuminations.
Inspired by the stories of Pinocchio, The Pied Piper and The Red Shoes, The Little Toymaker tells the story of a kind toymaker and a greedy prince who wants everything all for himself. While retaining the characters and motifs of classic fairy tales, The Little Toymaker will stimulate young minds with a fast-paced narration and a fun, contemporary twist. Unlike in the original Grimm’s version, the moral of the story is contained in the images and is left to kids’ own judgement, rather than overtly stated.
In addition to The Little Toymaker, Hopster will keep toddlers amazed this Christmas with a festive content line-up including:
● The Gruffalo (from 25th December) UK only
This is a beautiful show based on the best-selling children's book by Julia Donaldson, encouraging kids to be brave and overcome their fears. The Gruffalo is the perfect winter show to snuggle up with over the holidays.
● Mog's Christmas (from 24th December) UK only
Available in a video book format on Hopster, Mog’s Christmas is a wonderful nostalgic treat which can be enjoyed by all the family. Judith Kerr’s festive tale of the clumsy feline, Mog, has been the go-to festive children’s book for generations.
● The Gruffalo’s Child (from 1st January) UK only
The Gruffalo’s Child tells the story of a young monster who ignores her father’s warnings and ventures into the snow. Based on the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, this enchanting story is the perfect animation for the winter season.
● Christmas Playlist
In a special themed area Hopster will bring to kids the best festive episodes from their favourite shows including Louie, Pingu, Fireman Sam, Postman Pat, Max and Ruby and many many more. (shows will vary by territory)
● Christmas Music Playlist
With music from Storybots, Big Block Singsong, Caspar Babypants, Super Simple Songs, Bia and Nino (in Portuguese) and Les Patapons (in French), Hopster’s Christmas Music Playlist will guaranteed to get even the youngest kids into the festive spirit.
● PNP's Magic Moments advent calendar (from 1st December)
An alternative (or an addition) to the traditional chocolate calendar, Portable North Pole's Magic Moments lets kids count the days till Christmas in a fun way. Each day a new short episode will magically appear in the app, showing children how Santa and his elves are preparing for the big day.
● Louie Christmas Special - Santa’s Assistant
This feature length episode of everyone’s favourite drawing bunny, Louie, teaches kids how to draw a reindeer, sleigh and more. It introduces children to an elf with a fear of heights and shows how Louie and his little friend, Yoko, help him overcome his fears and deliver Santa’s gifts.