Currently in post-production is an exciting new pre-schooler's program: HOOPLA DOOPLA!
The little town of Hoopla is a colourful, magical town full of physical fun.
Inspired by circus performance and commedia dell'arte, HOOPLA DOOPLA! features a troupe
of six extraordinary characters each with their own amazing physical skill: MIMI runs the
café, and looks after everyone in town while juggling muffins and milkshakes - literally;
ZIGGY, the shop owner, does magic tricks which always go in surprising directions; ZAP, the
town messenger, delivers packages in the most acrobatic manner possible; BOP, the Mr Fix-
It, is able to lift - and usually drop - almost anything; flexible SQUIDGIE looks after the town
garden and can often be found inside a pot plant; and finally JANGO, the street sweeper, is
always playing tricks and causing mischief.
HOOPLA DOOPLA! is a unique and ground breaking show for 3-6 year olds, relying on
physical action and comedy to drive the story. The characters tumble, juggle, leap and
somersault in and out of trouble. However, whenever anything goes wrong - and it usually
does - they always have each other to fall back on.
The program was filmed in China over 6 months earlier this year in a huge purpose built
set that created the magical town of Hoopla a few hours south of Beijing. Featuring three
Australian and three Chinese actors, the series is an ABC / Children's Channel TV China co-
production produced by Beyond Screen Productions. HOOPLA DOOPLA! will go to air in early 2014.