How The Hampsters Saved Winter (found direct-to-video Hampster Dance film; 2009)

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The DVD cover for the movie.

Status: Found

Date found: 18 Jan 2022

Found by: Jen (she/her)

How The Hampsters Saved Winter was a straight-to-DVD lost animated movie about Hampton and the Hampsters going on a "snowy adventure where they help make a family's dream come true." It is unknown who directed or starred in the movie, but it was produced by Abatis International LLC and animated by a company in New Jersey.

The movie was listed for sale (as well as released) on April 2nd, 2009, on the Hampster Dance website, with a link to order it through the site Kunaki. The DVD was available to purchase as late as 2012.[1] However, now when someone clicks on the link, they would be directed to a page that says "product not available."[2]

The movie's existence was confirmed in an article from 2018 where Bill Porfido, owner of the Hampster Dance property, confirmed "roughly 2,000 copies" of the movie were sold.[3] No clips, trailers, or audio exists of the movie. Only the DVD cover and the original price of $7.99 is all that exists online. However, screenshots do exist via a game on the website called Hamster Hijinks.[4]

On January 23rd, 2020, the Hamster Dance's official website domain was shut down and is currently seeking renewal. However, considering the website hasn't been updated since 2011, renewal seems unlikely.

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On January 13th, 2022, on the Lost Media Wiki discord, user "Jen (she/her)" announced that she had a copy of the film, sharing an image of a signed copy on a blank DVD. Jen explained that her father was friends with the director and that he gave her the DVD when she was a kid. Jen would later upload the entire film and the subsequent music videos on the DVD onto Archive.org.

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How The Hampsters Saved Winter
LSuperSonicQ's video on the subject.

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