First episode date 27 August 1997
|Program creators Gert Verhulst, Hans Bourlon, Danny Verbiest|
Genres Children's television series, Fantasy
Cast Walter De Donder, Aimé Anthoni, Chris Cauwenberghs, Hilde Van Hulle, Luc Caals
Similar Piet Piraat, Bumba, Mega Mindy, Samson en Gert, Amika
Kabouter Plop (Plop the gnome) is the eponymous protagonist in a children's television series by Studio 100.
The television series is directed by Bart Van Leemputten. Most episodes last about five minutes and are set in Plop's milk inn (which is a toadstool in which he sells plopmilk and plopcookies) or in Gnome forest. The stories often involve pranks by naughty Kabouter Klus ("Chore"). Each episode starts with Plop lying in bed and reviewing what happened the past day. At the end of the episode he says he goes to "Gnome dream land". Most episodes contain a moral.
In Flanders, the episodes are broadcast by VTM and VTM Kzoom, and in the Netherlands by TROS in the children's hour known as [email protected] The episodes are broadcast with dubbed dialogue in Spain, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, and Wallonia.
Other than the television series, a number of movies have been produced starring Kabouter Plop:
Five CDs have been published containing songs by Plop and were well received by both children and their parents. Hits such as De Kabouterdans (The Gnome Dance) were at the top of the charts for weeks and were frequently played even at teenager or adult parties, or discos as well as being used in animutations. Several of the songs use a series of dance steps such as the Goose Step written by Sammy Bruggeman , in effect creating a meme dance like the Macarena did.
There are a number of theater shows and comic books about Kabouter Plop, as well as school paraphernelia, clothing, cookies and drinks.
A species of cave-dwelling spider from Crete, Savignia naniplopi was named after Kabouter Plop.