Holle Bolle Gijs and his family
In the Efteling.
One of my most fun memories of the Efteling is Gijs, the paper Gobbler. When I was young
there was only one Gijs but Gijs's family has joined him in the Efteling.
The park the Efteling is kept clean with an ingenious waste disposal system: throughout the
park 11 talking waste disposer are placed, designed by Anton Pieck and Ton van de Ven. This
system has since been copied by other large theme parks. Children and adults take thrash,
or old leaves, from the ground, or even from other waste baskets, and stuff them in the mouth of
Holle Bolle Gijs just to hear the gobbler talk to them.
Holle Bolle Gijs
The original Holle Bolle Gijs is from 1958. He is on duty at the
playground of the Efteling so the also call him the Playground Gijs.
The principle of this glutton works so well that the Efteling had to
put a fence around the gardens near the playground to protect the
bushes. The area near the playground stayed so clean that leaves
are pulled from the bushes to feed Gijs.
Holle Bolle Gijs calls for "Papier hier, papier hier" (Paper here) and
when you do 'feed him' he makes a gobbling sound and politely says
"Dank u wel, Dank u wel" (Thank you). Here the gnome does not talk.
The Efteling came up with a story: The story goes that a very long time
ago Holle Bolle Gijs was visiting the Efteling. He was very interested in
seeing it all and he really enjoyed himself. Now as we know Holle Bolle Gijs loves to eat. He
watched the people to see what he would want to eat and he was shocked to see how many
people threw their trash on the ground. It made him sad, such a beautiful park, so many fun
things to experience and then that mess on the ground.
When Holle Bolle Gijs returned home he had an idea and he got pen and paper and started to
The boss of the Efteling thought that a great idea and asked Holle Bolle Gijs to move in as soon
as possible. As we know it is a great success and the park stays super clean and Holle Bolle
Gijs gets to fill his tummy.
By 1967, the Efteling was growing rapidly and many new places to eat had sprung up. So
there was a need for additional "Gijsen".
The family of Holle Bolle Gijs
Holle Bolle Gijs so loved his new job that he wrote a letter to his family. He wrote how he
worked in the Efteling and all he had to do was eat!
Wow, I want that too said his family. Since the park was getting bigger and bigger the boss of
the Efteling invited the whole family and since then the whole family Gijs lives in the Efteling.
The all have their own spot, so they keep the whole the Efteling clean
Wagen Gijs was followed by Yawning Gijs. Yawning Gijs arrived in 1968.
Geeuwende Gijs (Yawning Gijs)
At the Yawning Gijs you will find the children's song which actually was the inspiration for Gijs.
In 1968 Baby Gijs joins the family. You can find him at the Nostalgic playground near the
Carousel. Baby Gijs is also called Gijsje (je is the Dutch diminutive)
Baby Gijs moans and whines he whimpers for food.
Saying: " Yummie, Yummie".
Wether the family Gijs comes from the South is not known, but the word Venlo on the tombstone
would imply it.
The crow on the tombstone screetches "Papier hier" and with a very deep voice Grandpa Gijs
says "Thank you. A echo is even added to the voice, so it sounds like it comes from the crypt.
Grandpa Gijs and his grandson Yawning Gijs have the same good manners, they both
apologize for human failings. Grandpa once in a while burps -with much echo- and he will say
Moeder Gijs / Tweeling Gijs (Mother Gijs also known as Twin Gijs)
In 1971 Mother Gijs, also known as the twin Gijs was designed as a double trashcan. Both
babies have their mouth wide open for trash and like baby Gijs, but in this case both of them
whine, moan and cry for trash. They do say Lekke, Lekke, Lekke as a thank you. (Lekker
means that it tastes good).
Joined the rest of the family in 1973
This member of the family is the most disciplined, no roly-poly tummy
for Buccaneer Gijs, but a slim and trained body. His uniform startched
and pressed. Buccaneer Gijs rather shoots balls of paper away with
a deafening bang. .
Infosheet Boekanier Gijs He is also known as Captain Gijs. He says,
Paper there, Paper there and if you throw some trash in the cannon it
will go off with a loud bang.
Maatroos Gijs (Sailor Gijs)
Came to the Efteling in 1980
Not very disciplined, he is even the largest glutton of the family.
The verse with Sailor Gijs reads:
Gijs, he is cross eyed from hunger,
and will swallow everything through his throat,
So feed him do not wait any longer.
He yells "Hey!!! Paper here, Paper here." Thank you very much,
The strangest Gijs is without a doubt the Inca Gijs. He must be
a very distant relative. Historical correct, but not really a
children's friend and not really nice. It is from origin a Chac
Mool: a stone altar with a offerings dish for human hearts. It
was used by the Maya's in the North of Yucatan. Thank
goodness that they trained this fellow well and these days
he is utterly satisfied with the trash of the restaurants in the
He calls Paper.......Here.......Paper........Here......
in the park since 1988
This distant cousin from Austria has done a good job adapting to the
park. With his fake accented, German he tries to tempt people to put
their leftover fries and other trash into his mouth. Jah? Ha-lo! Ha-lo!
Bring your paper here! the thank you is in the same style.
Danke schön (thank you) This makes the Tiroler Gijs the only Gijs
who mainly speaks in a foreign language. The original idea was to
make the Inca Gijs speak Spanish, but that did not happen.
Gijs says things like: "Kannst du mich papier bringen? Hallo? Papier
Leute, Papier bringen! Danke schön, danke schön".
(Can you bring me paper? Hallo, Paper I say. People, bring paper?
Thank you, thank you)
Then the Gijs family decided to also have their pet hippo help out with all the work to keep the
park clean and in 2002 when the Efteling opened a new toddler area.
Nijltje in het teiltje (Hippo in the washtub)
Nijltje became the choice for the toddler area. Nijltje is a purple Hippopotomas in a bubble
bath. In the tub is also his duck snater. He is without a doubt the most talkative of the family
Gijs. Among other things the duck says: "kwek, kwek, kwek, hey, hallo, is there here any
paper on the ground? Please put it then here, in Hippo's mouth, he likes it.
A very funny piece of the sound track; once in a while the hippo starts to sing with the text: Oh,
what is it wonderful to be a paper-here-Hippo.
This page is just for fun. It does not really have too much to do with Andre, but maybe with
Andre having made a DVD in the Efteling, when you ever do go to Maastricht you will want to
make a side trip to the Efteling. I enjoyed putting this together and discovering how my
childhood Holle Bolle Gijs has evolved.
And last but not least this was sent to me by Ineke, I think you will enjoy it.
Wagen Gijs (wagon Gijs)
In 1967 Wagen Gijs arrived.
He has a bit larger vocabulary
and says: "Come on, I love it
so much, boys, go look for
some...... He thanks in
German, in Dutch and French.
"Danke schön, oh, wat lekker!
Opa Gijs. (Grandpa Gijs)
The oldest member of the Gijs family gets the worst of it before he
appears in the Eftelins. Burried on the Herauten square he does
not seem to find peace.
On the grave marker it reads:
"Here lies Grandfather Gijs,
He lives no longer,
but he never get rid of his hunger".
Opa Gijs (Grandpa Gijs)
The gnome on the roof, bends
over the house, points to Gijs
and says: "Paper here, Paper
A yawning Gijs says sleepily,
Thank you very much, Thank
you Thank you (farts) Oh,
The original Inca Gijs, a Chac Mool
in Chichen-Itza Mexico
Give it some time to load and then double click on the arrow to start. You
do have to have 'windows media player installed to be able to play this.