How The Hampsters Saved Winter (lost direct-to-video Hampster Dance film; 2009)
The DVD cover of the movie, designed by Asbury Arts. Coincidentally, the same people who designed the current website.
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. However, now when someone clicks on the link, they would be directed to a page that says "product not available."
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. 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.
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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- An archived listing of the DVD. Retrieved 23 Dec '19
- The official Hampster Dance website. Retrieved 14 Dec '19
- CBC Arts' history of the Hampster Dance. Retrieved 14 Dec '19
- Archived Hamster Dance website that has the Hamster Hijinks game. Retrieved 30 Jan '20