‘Hopscotch and the Christmas Tree’ is the heart-warming story of Hopscotch, a happy horse, and her animal friends. Aimed at pre-schoolers, the story is grounded in the Science of Happiness and aims to teach children that when they stay positive, sometimes they find the best solutions right under their noses.
The half hour Christmas special has been commissioned by RTÉjr and sold to YLE Finland, V-Me (US Hispanic), Czech TV, RTV Slovakia, ERR Estonia, LTV Latvia, and LRT Lithuania. It has been nominated twice in the Irish Animation Awards 2019 in the categories of Best Animation and Best Irish Feature Film/Special. It has also been picked up by French distributor KMBO Films for theatrical, video, TV and VOD rights in French speaking Europe.
‘Hopscotch and the Christmas Tree’ is based on a book of the same name which was the fastest selling book for boutique publisher Tiny Tree when it was launched in the UK in Christmas 2017. Both the book and TV special were created and written by author Katy Segrove and illustrated by classically trained Russian artist Katerina Vykhodtseva.
‘Hopscotch and the Christmas Tree’ is a Lithuanian-Irish co-production between Kinomind Films and Ink and Light. The film has received backing from the Lithuanian Film Centre and Screen Ireland.
A ‘Happy Go Hopscotch’ series is currently in development to follow on from this special, with development funding awarded from Creative Europe.
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