On 7.7.1977 the children’s author Elfie Donnelly and the hör+lies publishing house (now KIDDINX Studios GmbH) signed a contract for the production of the first Benjamin the Elephant audio play. As a fearless talking weather elephant Benjamin immediately captured the hearts of his listeners.
The eighties marked the publication of the first Benjamin the Elephant picture books. It was an absolute novelty, as never before had an audio play character found its way onto paper. A series of books was developed and was soon followed by the launch of the BENJAMIN THE ELEPHANT pre-school magazine, which is still popular today.
In 1988 the hör+lies publishing house acquired the rights for Benjamin the Elephant and his animated film career took off. In 1991 the production of the classic series and the 45 minute special episodes of Benjamin the Elephant began and appeared on the video market.
With the production of 52 English episodes of BENJAMIN THE ELEPHANT in 2002, the big brave elephant started to conquer the international market. Nowadays the elephantastic adventures of BENJAMIN are on TV all around the world.
Benjamin’s appearance in the latest media formats has made the talking elephant a modern classic of children’s entertainment. His lovingly designed web portal www.benjaminblümchen.de has become one of the most popular German children’s sites. Today his adventures are available on CD, DVD, download, as a Benjamin App and on more than 500 merchandising items.