Hoops & Yoyo Ruin Christmas

 
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Hallmark stars bring the funny to sweet holiday special.
  • Review Date: November 25, 2011
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 22 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Nothing educational, exactly, but there are plenty of sweet messages about honesty, selflessness, and generosity.

Positive messages

The characters learn that their mischief has consequences that could affect everyone's enjoyment of Christmas, and they set aside their own happiness to ensure that doesn't happen. Multiple acts of selflessness are rewarded, and themes of caring, sharing, overcoming doubts, and working together to solve problems are strong throughout the story.

Positive role models

Hoops and Yoyo are impulsive and adventurous, which makes for some trouble for them and for the future of Christmas itself, but they recognize their mistakes and work hard to set things right. Kris Kringle puts others' needs before his own and does what he can to make those around him happy.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The main characters are recognizable from Hallmark card (and e-card) fame, but there are no direct tie-ins in the program.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this holiday special presented by Hallmark stars the greeting card company's adorable animated characters as accidental Christmas saboteurs who must race the clock to put Kris Kringle back on track. The funny friends live up to their reputation with enough laughs to keep viewers of all ages entertained, but they don't miss the chance to impart some valuable lessons about caring, sharing, taking responsibility, and the spirit of giving as well. This fun tale has cross-generational appeal that makes it a great choice for families.

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What's the story?

On a snowy Christmas Eve night, Hoops (voiced by Mike Adair), Yoyo (Bob Holt), and their friend Piddles (Bev Carlson) sit atop their roof in the hopes of catching a glimpse of Santa (Dave Parke) himself. What they get instead is the adventure of a lifetime when they accidentally hitch a ride in Santa's sleigh and fall into a time-space continuum that takes them back to Kris Kringle's (Mike Monken) days as a less-than-confident amateur toymaker. Suddenly the mischievous friends face the challenge of getting the reluctant Kris back on track to fulfill his destiny as Santa and to save Christmas for the whole world.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kids might not recognize this comical pink kitty and green bunny of Hallmark greeting card and e-card fame, but older viewers who've been on the receiving end of their hilarity might want to tune in just to see the characters' take on the holiday. The dynamic duo and their mostly silent sidekick bring a unique style of mayhem to this spirited special, which is sparkling with happy messages for viewers young and old about the true meaning of Christmas. There's nothing traditional or predictable about the characters' adventures, but with Hoops and Yoyo, that's pretty much the point, and their comical style does nothing to diminish the holiday cheer the show doles out.
 

Watching the holiday classics is a given, but it's always fun to mix in a fresh take on holiday stories, and Hoops and YoYo don't disappoint with their interpretation of how Santa came to exist from the humble beginnings of a stable boy named Kris Kringle. The sweet story inspires even as its colorful stars keep the audience in stitches with their antics and their observations about, well, everything around them. The result is a holiday treat for families that's a little out of the ordinary in the best possible ways.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the holidays. What are some of your favorite holiday traditions? How do they reflect your family's cultural or religious background? How do you incorporate the spirit of giving into your holiday activities?

  • Kids: Were you familiar with these characters before watching this show? If so, did knowing of them ahead of time make you want to watch? Do you think this movie is a form of advertising?

  • If you could write a story about the holidays, what subject would you choose? Would you explain how a tradition came to be or tell a back story about a famous character? How do stories like these inspire our imagination?

Movie details

DVD release date:November 26, 2011
Cast:Bev Carlson, Bob Holt, Mike Adair
Director:Tony Craig
Studio:Hallmark Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Holidays
Run time:22 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 9 years old December 16, 2011
 

Laugh out loud fun!

Ok this was amzing! me and my sisters were watching it and it was super funny! i love hoops and yoyo! hallmark is the best! this was a super awesome and it was great!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
Kid, 12 years old December 10, 2011
 

Love Them! You Will 2

Funny and nothing bad
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Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 13 years old Written bySanjay407 December 9, 2011
 

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