50 Years of Grasshopper Island

  2021 marks the 50th anniversary of Grasshopper Island! It was this grand milestone that led us to put together our brand new little blog - Grasshopper Island News .  It seems appropriate to mark the occasion and remember fondly the adventures of Smarty, Toughy and Mouse. We hope our blog will bring back happy memories for 'elderly boys' and girls wherever you may be. And moreover, we hope our blog can introduce curious new potential fans to this wonderful tale. The blog has been created by Uli and Chris after we realised that we shared a great fondness for the show, and indeed for times long since passed. And we think Grasshopper Island is deserving of a digital home on the internet. We hope that you will join us in celebrating the occasion and follow our blog, where over time we will share some wonderful - never seen publicly before -  facts, tidbits, photos and footage from the production all those years ago! We are honoured and fortunate indeed to have the supp

What became of the musical trunk?

    Above: A page revealing the trunk in the 1971 book and a clip from the TV series I suppose as a grown up, part of the attraction with the story of Smarty, Toughy and Mouse is printed right there at the top of page 15 of my 1971 Armada edition of Grasshopper Island: "Most people try to escape at some time or another"  It's certainly a relatable statement for those of us who dream of escaping the toils of life, the proverbial daily grind. And if we are lucky, we do get to escape at some time or another for a vacation. But when we pack our belongings in preparation for our travels, it is highly unlikely that we pop to the attic, and fetch our very own musical trunk! Unlike Toughy, Smarty and Mouse - we are left with no choice but to pack that  unwieldy  gramophone (should we wish to have music on arrival). And so it was one dreary afternoon that I found myself wondering about the trunk that featured so prominently in the book and TV series. " Imagine",  I thoug

Herzlich Willkommen zum neuen Blog der Grashüpfer-Insel.

Nachdem unsere Homepage schon etwa ein Jahr aktiv ist, kommt nun endlich auch unser Blog an den Start. Hurrah. Warum ein Blog? In diesem Jahr ist es 50 Jahre her, dass die Serie im Englischen Fernsehen ausgestrahlt wurde. (In Deutschland 1972) Nach all diesen Jahren gibt es weltweit immer noch eine große Fangemeinde unserer Geschichte, und neue Fans kommen stetig hinzu, wie ich aus Gesprächen mit der Autorin Joy Whitby erfahren habe. Die Geschichte der drei Brüder, die von zu Hause ausreißen um eine unbewohnte Insel zu finden, ist zeitlos und wunderschön. Als Kind war ich von der Geschichte begeistert, und bin es auch heute noch, und so wie ich, haben im Laufe der Jahre unzählige Fans dieses Abenteuers Joy Whitby kontaktiert, und ihre Erinnerungen geschildert. Mit diesem Blog haben nun alle Freunde der Grashüpfer-Insel eine Gelegenheit selber Teil dieser Geschichte zu werden. Allen, die unsere Homepage noch nicht kennen, empfehle ich diese zunächst zu besuchen. Sie ist bewusst nur in E

How to use this Blog

What is a blog? A weblog, shortened to blog, is an informal journal where the content is often referred to as blog posts or entries. It differs from a website in that the content is often changing rather than static, and all posts are listed in an Archive. The Archive is a reverse chronological listing of all entries since the blog started. Visitors are encouraged to comment on the entries, to add new opinions or share thoughts about them. You can think of this blog as an online magazine or newspaper all about Grasshopper Island, where text, photos and even video clips can be found.  How to use the blog Some visitors will simply visit, browse the Archive and read some articles (posts). Others might like to comment on a particular post or topic before leaving. We use a platform called Blogger to display the blog posts. A Google account such as Gmail is needed in order to add a comment. But if you prefer only to browse, you can do that without a Google account. Archive A listing of all