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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Nothing educational, exactly, but there are plenty of sweet messages about honesty, selflessness, and generosity.
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.
Products & Purchases
The main characters are recognizable from Hallmark card (and e-card) fame, but there are no direct tie-ins in the program.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's nothing traditional or predictable about these adventures, but with Hoops and Yoyo, that's pretty much the point, and their comical style does nothing to diminish the holiday cheer. 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.
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.
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