|Created by||Bert Smets|
|Country of origin||Belgium|
Hopla is a Flemish 3D animation for toddlers, created by Bert Smets in 1999, and produced by Bert Smets Productions. The cartoon features the rabbit Hopla and his friends – the pig Onki, the bear Nina, and the kitten Lola.
The show was first aired on Ketnet, a Flemish television channel, in 2000, and became popular soon afterward. Currently, the show has been aired in 31 countries (such as the United States, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Japan, Poland, and South Korea). It airs in the United States due to an exclusive multi-year distribution deal between Bert Smets Productions and NCircle Entertainment, a subsidiary of Alliance Entertainment, signed in 2007.
- This series was currently one of many programs aired on BabyFirstTV, a premium cable and satellite television channel. Each mini-episode is about five minutes. There is no dialogue, except for Hopla saying his own (and the show's) name. The show is aimed for kids of ages between 0-2 years.
In Belgium alone, Hopla's home entertainment titles have sold over 300,000 copies and their book-related merchandise has garnered sales close to 700,000.
- Yahoo Business News, NCircle Entertainment and Bert Smets Productions Enter Into Expansive Partnership, 9 April 2007, http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/070409/nym008.html?.v=84
- VRT News, "Hopla" goes to America, 21 March 2007, http://www.flanderninfo.be/cm/flandersnews.be/Flanders+Today/special+reports/070321_Hopla
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