Interactive Story Buddy® Characters

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Facts

  • Adult consumers tell Hallmark researchers they want gifts for kids that have educational value and allow them to share "together time" with their children, thus creating lasting memories and deeper emotional bonds.
  • Hallmark's interactive Story Buddy® line features books and plush characters with voice-recognition technology. When the story is read aloud, key phrases prompt the Story Buddy plush character to chime in with comments and sounds that change with each reading. When Story Buddy characters respond during reading, it helps give kids a lifelong love for books and warm memories of close family times.
  • Each interactive Story Buddy plush character has additional storybooks available – with each book unlocking new responses from the Story Buddy character.
  • Hallmark first introduced interactive Story Buddy® characters in 2010.

Product Features

  • Hallmark interactive Story Buddy® characters bring storytime to life and let families escape on magical adventures together. Using Hallmark's I Reply® Technology, the plush interactive Story Buddies chime in – barking, talking or singing – when key phrases are read aloud.
  • Each Story Buddy character not only comes with a corresponding book, but also with a read-along audio CD and access to digital storytime online. Coordinating iPad applications are available to download for free through the Apple App Store.
  • Starting in September 2013, new interactive Story Buddy characters, such as Cassidy™ the Pony, will have EBooks available on Kindle, Nook and iBooks.

Meet the Interactive Story Buddies!

  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer® Interactive Story Buddy® – For Christmas 2014, Rudolph lights up Hallmark's Interactive Story Buddy® line. As you read along in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer®, Rudolph's nose glows as he responds to the story. The Rudolph Story Buddy comes with a storybook and a read-along CD. A second book, Rudolph® and the South Pole Toys, which Rudolph also responds to, is available.
    • And this Christmas, Hallmark is helping to Buy a Buddy, Give a Buddy. Each time a consumer buys an Interactive Story Buddy® at a Hallmark Gold Crown store, Hallmark will donate a Story Buddy to Toys for Tots.
  • Tigger interactive Story Buddy® – Disney's Tigger joined his pal, Pooh, in Hallmark Gold Crown stores for Valentine’s Day 2014.
    • Bundle includes the Disney Tigger plush Story Buddy, his first book, Tigger Bounces Back and an audio CD.
    • Tigger’s second book, Tigger the Magician, a puzzle and activity book are sold separately. With each book, Tigger has more and more to say.
    • In addition to responding to select lines in his book, the Tigger interactive Story Buddy also responds to the Winnie the Pooh interactive Story Buddy. When you place these playful pals side by side and read from their books, you’ll hear them respond to the stories and to each other – just like good friends do.
    • Watch the demo video on YouTube.
  • Winnie the Pooh interactive Story Buddy® – Disney's beloved Pooh Bear joined the Story Buddy line up in November 2013.
    • Bundle includes the Disney Winnie the Pooh plush Story Buddy, his first book, Pooh and the Smackerel of Cake, and an audio CD.
    • Pooh's second book, Pooh and the Sneezy Day, and a puzzle are sold separately.
  • Cassidy™ interactive Story Buddy® – Giddyup with Cassidy™ the Pony as her big heart leads her on all sorts of adventures.
    • Bundle includes a story buddy and the first storybook, Cassidy and The Rainy River Rescue.
    • Two other storybooks are also available: Cassidy and the Dapple Days Do-Over and Cassidy and the Shaky Sheep Showdown.
    • Cassidy's first book, Cassidy and the Rainy River Rescue, comes with a free ebook, allowing you to take Cassidy's story with you wherever you go with your smart phone or tablet. Listen to Cassidy respond as you or the narrator read her animated story aloud. Download Cassidy's additional ebooks to unlock even more things for her to say. Cassidy ebooks are available in iBook, Kindle, and Nook stores.
  • Mason™ interactive Story Buddy® – Mason, a love-worn teddy bear who's been left behind by his previous owner, is rediscovered and loved again by his new friend, Jacob. Mason's curiosity leads him to explore different worlds and share his sweet perspective on life with friends he meets along the way.
    • Bundle includes a story buddy, a storybook Mason's New Friends, a read-along audio CD and free access to digital story time on Hallmark.com.
    • Two other storybooks are also available: Mason Visits the Zoo and Mason Goes to the Museum.
    • Download the Mason's New Friends app.
    • Watch the demo video on YouTube.
  • Posey™ interactive Story Buddy® – Posey the Kitten is a bright, cheerful, adventurous girl who loves a good adventure where she can use her imagination.
    • Bundle includes a story buddy, a storybook Posey and The Princess Castle, a read-along audio CD and free access to digital story time on Hallmark.com.
    • Two other storybooks are also available: Posey Saves the Day and Posey and the Purrfect Song.
    • Download the Posey and The Princess Castle iPad app.
    • Watch the demo video on YouTube.
  • Jingle® the Husky Pup interactive Story Buddy® – Hallmark's first interactive Story Buddy returns for the holiday season full of surprises! This year, there are even more reasons to love Jingle and Bell – Jingle 2.0 and Bell 2.0 (versions from 2012) now communicate with each other! New accessories trigger hidden technology already in Jingle 2.0 and Bell 2.0 for more interactive playtime fun.
    • The playful pup is ready for more adventures this year in the new everyday storybook Jingle's Good Deed. In this story, Jingle and his friend Andrew try to help a little red bird find a new home.
    • Other titles in the Jingle storybook series include: Jingle All the Way; A Snow Day for Jingle; Jingle's Countdown to Christmas Activity Book; Jingle and Bell's Christmas Star.
    • Download the Jingle All the Way app.
    • Watch the demo video on YouTube.
    • Jingle All the Way and Jingle and Bell's Christmas Star on DVD – Everyone's favorite little Husky pups are back with their very own animated Christmas specials. The DVD features both Hallmark holiday movies. As the DVD plays, the 2.0 Jingle and/or Bell will respond with barks, whimpers and maybe even a song or two!
  • Bell® the Husky Pup interactive Story Buddy® – This holiday season, there are even more reasons to love Jingle and Bell – Jingle 2.0 and Bell 2.0 (versions from 2012) now communicate with each other! New accessories trigger hidden technology already in Jingle 2.0 and Bell 2.0 for more interactive playtime fun.
    • Bell also has a new everyday storybook. In Bell's Blue Ribbon, find out if Bell wins the blue ribbon for prettiest pet in the annual Pineville Pet Show.
    • Titles in the Bell series include: Bell's Big Move and Jingle and Bell's Christmas Star.
    • Download the Bell's Big Move iPad app.
    • Watch the demo video on YouTube.
  • Scooby-Doo interactive Story Buddy® – Scooby-Doo is the first licensed character to join Hallmark's family of interactive Story Buddies. Follow along as the lovable big brown dog surprises all when he speaks aloud – in English! The Mystery, Inc. gang is sure to keep your gang on its toes during this exciting new adventure!
  • Nugget the Dog interactive Story Buddy® – Meet Nugget, the cuddly pup who speaks up. Kids will love watching him come to life as you read key words aloud.
  • Christopher the Sleepyhead Bear interactive Story Buddy® – Meet Christopher, the sleepyhead who is in a constant search for sweet dreams. Kids will love watching him come to life as you read key words aloud from his books.
  • Bigsby the Woodland Creature interactive Story Buddy® – Meet Bigsby, the shy guy who loves to go on adventures with his best friends. Kids will love watching him come to life as you read key words aloud from his books.
  • Abigail the Bunny interactive Story Buddy® – Meet Abigail, the chatty acrobatic bunny who just can't wait to grow up. Kids will love watching her come to life as you read key words aloud from her books.
    • Titles in the Abigail series include: Abigail and the Fashion Show (comes with an Abigail-sized purse for her to carry); Abigail and the Balance Beam, Abigail and the Tea Party; Abigail and the Lost Purse.
    • New just in time for Easter 2013, Abigail and The Robin's Eggs (includes a vest for Abigail).
    • Download Abigail and the Balance Beam iPhone/iPad app.
    • Watch the demo video on YouTube.
  • Watson the Raccoon interactive Story Buddy® – Meet Watson, a clever little raccoon who will steal your heart. Kids will love watching him come to life as you read key words aloud from his books.
    • Titles in the Watson series include: Watson and the Case of the Shady Character (comes with a vest for Watson to wear); Watson and the Case of the Sneaky Stealer, Watson and the Case of the Missing Acorn; Watson and the Case of the Little Lost Caterpillar.
    • Watch the demo video on YouTube.
  • Cooper the Bear interactive Story Buddy® – Meet Cooper, the sweet young bear with a big heart-and so much to say. Kids will love watching him come to life as you read key words aloud from his books.
    • Titles in the Cooper series include: Cooper's Big Bear Hug, Cooper's Rainy Day and Cooper's Bedtime and Cooper's Airplane Adventure (Cooper backpack included).
    • Watch the demo video on YouTube.

In Stores & Online

Hallmark interactive Story Buddy® characters are available online at Hallmark.com and at Hallmark Gold Crown® stores nationwide. Use the store locator on Hallmark.com to find the nearest Hallmark Gold Crown store.