Dancing Hamsters are a series of singing and dancing hamsters made by Gemmy and Funtime Gifts/Funtime Inc. In 2001-2004. Each hamster has a unique name and outfit and sings a famous song in a hamster-like voice (high pitched) while dancing. The first hamster that was made was "Sleepy Simon" in 2001. He sings "Mr. Sandman". Simon, along with several other hamsters released in 2001 were made of rubber. Starting late that year, with the Kung Fu Hamster, they were made of plush. The line was discontinued in 2004-05, but hamsters released for Valentine's Day, Christmas, and Easter could be found in stores until at least 2008.

In 2006, Mini Hamsters were launched. They had the same singing and dancing feature as the originals, but were smaller and cartoony.

In 2012, Gemmy brought back the hamsters. They were larger and more cartoony than the originals, with larger eyes resembling those of the popular plush lines known for their big, sparkly eyes, "Beanie Boos" and "YooHoo and Friends". Several year-round hamsters were sold at Walgreen's, Big Lots, CVS, and Target from 2012-2013. Seasonal hamsters for Valentine's, Easter, and Christmas were also released during these years. No new hamsters were produced after 2013. Several special sets of hamsters were also produced.

Dancing Hamsters were revived again in 2015, this time looking closer to the original 2002 versions.


  • Miniature Clip-ons of the Kung Fu Fighting, J-Tee,Jailhouse Rick, Hombre, Wild Willie, Blue, Sexy Rex, Carly and Sugar Ray Clay hamsters were released. Some of them played snippets of their original version's songs, and some played the entire song.
  • In 2003 - Military Hamsters were released. These hamsters were Sgt. Scruffy, Captain Carl, Sailor Seymour ,and Sgt.Murphy . During the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, the Military Hamsters all had yellow ribbons added to them. This is where the "Support our troops!" meaning comes from in the Gemmy advert for these.
  • - After the hamster's initial discontinuation, Romancin' Hamsters were released for Valentine's Day 2005. These hamsters, dressed in 50's style outfits, sang love songs while their cheeks lit up and they danced.
  • An unknown year brought about hamsters dressed as NASCAR drivers who moved steering wheels as they danced. The interesting thing about them is that they danced to songs at a normal pitch!
  • They released a limited edition hamster named Sam out in 2003.
  • In 2002, Gemmy released 4 dancing hamsters as characters from the Rocky films. These were Rocky, Training Rocky, Clubber Lang and Apollo Creed. They featured slightly bigger boxes and each came with 3 sayings and 1 song.
  • In 2009, a Dancing Hamsters album was released, featuring high-pitched covers of songs such as: Thriller, Cha Cha Slide, I'm Yours, Single Ladies, and Love Story.
  • Legs the Football Crazy Hamster originally came from Manchester, England as said on the back of his box and hence his red/white theme.
  • The hamsters hit the shelves again in 2016, they were sold at Publix and Spencer's.


List Of Original 2001-2005 Hamsters

Hamster Song
Sleepy Simon Mr. Sandman
Birthday Boy Happy Birthday
Dapper Dan Puttin On The Ritz
Gigolo Jo Just a Gigolo
Larry Love I Think I Love You
Phat Daddy Mac Rapper's Delight
Wild Critter Cody Long Tall Texan
Cletis and Claude Dueling Banjos
Kung Fu Fighting Kung Fu Fighting
Jailhouse Rick Jailhouse Rock
Wild Willie Born To Be Wild
40th Birthday They Say It's Your Birthday
50th Birthday They Say It's Your Birthday
Angel Let It Snow
Barber Ben Shaving Cream
Beach Bum Good Vibrations
Betty I Will Follow Him
Big Man On Campus School's Out
Birthday Girl Party All The Time
Birthday Guy Get This Party Started
Blue Blue Suede Shoes
Bobby Soxer Rock Around The Clock
Boots Achy Breaky Heart
Buck And Chuck Dueling Banjos
Buddy Birthday They Say It's Your Birthday
Buffy Mickey
Bunny V1 My Little Bunny Loves Easter (Shortnin' Bread Parody)
Bunny V2 Easter's Here
Canadian O Canada
Captain Carl Wild Blue Yonder
Carly She Works Hard For The Money
Celebration Celebration
CEO Love Of Money
Chick Chicken Dance
Cleo Walk Like An Egyptian
Commencement Shout
Danny You Really Got Me
Devil Hot Hot Hot
Didi It's In His Kiss
Disco Don Shake Your Groove Thing
Doc Bad Case Of Loving You
Dr. Dunk Basketball Jones
Dreamer Dream A Little Dream
Dutchie Pass The Dutchie
Easter Chick You Are My Sunshine
Elf V1 Jingle Bells
Elf V2 First Toy Maker To The King
Fly Guy Hooked On A Feeling
Frog V1 Easter Time (My Boyfriend's Back Parody)
Frog V2 Bringing Home A Baby Bumblebee
Funkmeister Give Up The Funk
Grad Celebration
Graduation Shout
Grand Master Blaster Rockefeller Skank
Greaser Rock Around The Clock
Greg Brady Brady Bunch Theme
Grim Halloween Sayings
Guisseppe Che La Luna
Guy Ice Ice Baby
Hal Mr. Roboto
Hamster In A Red Dress Devil In Disguise
Hamzilla Hamzilla (Godzilla parody)
Harry San Francisco
Hokey Pokey Hokey Pokey
Hombre La Cucaracha
It's A Boy Let's Hear It For The Boy
It's A Girl My Girl
J Tee We Are The Champions
Jacque Ice Ice Baby
Karaoke Kim I Will Survive
Kringle We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Lamb My Little Bunny Loves Easter (Shortnin' Bread Parody)
Legs Ole, Ole, Ole
Leprechaun Come On Eileen
Leroy Brown Bad Bad Leroy Brown
Looby Looby Loo
Love L-O-V-E
Love Machine Robot Love Machine
Lowrider Shyler Low Rider
Luigi That's Amore
Macy What A Girl Wants
Marshall The Fireman
Marty Happy Together
Maverick The Gambler
Mona Respect
Murphy Wild Rover
Nigel I Want You To Want Me
Officer Ron Bad Boys
Over The Hill Happy Birthday Geezer
Party Animal Get This Party Started
Princess Dancing Queen
Red Long Haired Country Boy
Red Baron Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron
Rock Old Time Rock n Roll
Roger Convoy
Rox Game Of Love
Rudy Jingle Bells
Sailor Seymore Anchors Away
Sam Tequilla
Sandy I Know What Boys Like
Santa Merry Christmas Everybody
Sarge Bad Boys
Sergei Good Old Hockey Game
Sexy Rex I'm Too Sexy For My Shirt
Sgt. Murphy Marine Corps Hymn
Sgt. Scruffy Caissons Go Rolling Along
Slick Sharp Dressed Man
Smooth Ladies' Night
Spaz She Blinded Me With Science
Spooky Ghostbusters
Stephan Good Old Hockey Game
Suave Rico Suave
Sugar Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Sugar Ray Clay Gonna Fly Now
Swinger It's Not Unusual
Teddy Ballgame Take Me Out To The Ballgame
Tex Rawhide
The Hamsterette Chapel Of Love
Toga Shout
Toy Soldier Jingle Bells
Turkey Somebody's Watching Me
Uncle Sammie Yankee Doodle Boy
Valerie Fever
Vince Ain't Too Proud To Beg
Whitey Play That Funky Music
Wild Critter Cody Jr. I Want To Be A Cowboy
Zeke Gonna Make You Sweat


Dancing Hamster Reunion 2013

List of 2012-13 Hamsters

Hamster Wobblers (Sold at Target 2012):


Love Of Money

Friday v1 (Original pitch)

Walgreens 2012 Hamsters

Super Bass

Friday v2 (Hamster Pitch)

You Make Me Feel

Big Lots 2012 Hamsters

This Kiss

In Da Club

The Choice is Yours

Christmas 2012 Hamsters (Home Depot)

Christmas Is My Favorite Time Of Year

Christmas Wrapping

Up On The Housetop Rap

Jingle Bells Rap

Valentine 2013 Hamsters (CVS and Walgreens):

Call Me Maybe

Love You Like A Love Song

Just The Way You Are


Moves Like Jagger

Easter 2013 (CVS)

Easter Egg Hop

Imma Chick


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