Jun 19, 2011




Weihnachten bei Hoppenstedts ( Christmas at the Hoppenstedt-family) is the collective name of a series of scetches of Loriot (Vico von Bülow) Loriot. The first broadcasting was on 7. december 1978 at german Radio Bremen (ARD)


(german original)
In the toys-shop 
Grandpa Hoppenstedt joins the toys-shop to look for a christmas gift forseen to his grandchild Dicki. But, after he could not tell the salesclerk neither the sex nor the age of his grandchild, the clerk recommended the model-kit Wir bauen uns ein Atomkraftwerk (We construct a nuclear power plant) the model of a nuclear power plant to build at home, what creates „Puff" in case during construction an error occurs.

Weihnachten bei Hoppenstedts (Christmas at the Hoppenstedt-family)

(german original)
On christmas evening ...    
Daddy Hoppenstedt builds the Christmas-gift of Dicki, while Dicki is sitting silent in a corner. But the power plant makes „Puff" and cracks a hole into the floor, not causing for fun at the neighbours below. While Dad and Mother Hoppenstedt tidy up the wrapping papers, grandpa Hoppenstedt marches around the living room to the march-music -- and hits the hole in the floor ...
When the couple tries to depollute the wrapping papers in the stairs, they were hit by an avalanche of further wrapping paper, disposed by the neighbours on the stairs before. An elder man appears and asks, whether somebody requires a Santa Claus ...

This film originally in german: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYecEPxQwcg

The text roughly in english:
"We would like to have a beautiful nuclear power plant. -- and there we are going to build it."
O, couldn't it be Christmas all the days?"This is the small neutron-accelerator, this is the fuel-cell, - Dickie! Don't knock over the cow! -- and now we insert that tiny Uranium-stick into the fuel-cell and on top we mount the security-cupula. -- Ready."
"Is mom permittted to watch as well?" "In case we made something wrong we should notice "puff" "Why "puff"?" My god, it makes "puff" then, All the houses collapse and also all cows." "Fantastic." "But it doesn't create "puff".
"It created "puff" "Lovely ...."
"The Hoppenstedt family wishes you a happy feast."
"Must this be?" "Yes, it must be." ......................

«The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking...the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker.»
«Die Freisetzung der Atomkraft hat alles verändert, außer unsere Art des Denkens... die Lösung dieses Problems liegt im Herzen der Menschheit. Wenn ich das nur geahnt hätte, wäre ich Uhrmacher geworden.»

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