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The Littles
Format Animation
Voices of Jimmy Keegan, Donavan Freberg, Robert David Hall, Bettina Bush, Alvy Moore, Laurel Page
B.J. Ward, Gregg Berger, Patricia Parris
Country of origin  United States
Canada Canada
France France
Japan Japan (overseas animation)
Language(s) English
French
Japanese
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 29 & 2 movies
Production
Producer(s) ABC Entertainment
DiC Entertainment
TMS Entertainment (Animation)
Animation City Editorial Services (post-production)
Running time 22 minutes approx.
Distributor Saban International (Outside North America)
Broadcast
Original channel United States ABC
France France 2
Japan TV Tokyo
Original run September 10, 1983 – November 2, 1985

The Littles was an animated television series based on The Littles characters in a series of children's novels by American author John Peterson, the first of which was published in 1967. This cartoon was produced by an American/Canadian animation studio, DiC Entertainment, and as standard practice for TV cartoons of the period, the animation production was outsourced overseas to the Japanese studio TMS Entertainment. It was post-produced by a Canadian Animation studio, Animation City Editorial Services.

Contents

Family tree

In the TV series the family tree is mostly clear. Frank and Helen are the parents of Tom and Lucy, Grandpa is the father of Helen, and Dinky is a cousin (presumed first cousin) of Tom and Lucy. In the books the family tree is never explicitly identified. Occasional references to relationships indicate a family tree, but the references are conflicting.

Differences from the books

Besides the family tree, other notable differences between the TV series and the books included:

Henry knowing about the Littles. This was unique to the TV series and the movie Here Come the Littles. The first season never revealed how Henry met the Littles; during the opening credits Henry simply tells the audience that he has "a very special secret" -- that he's the only one who knows about the Littles. During the second season, the opening credits said that Henry first met the Littles when Tom and Lucy fell inside his suitcase as he was moving, and they jumped out when he opened the suitcase. In the movie, however, Tom and Lucy still get trapped inside Henry's suitcase, but Henry doesn't discover the Littles until much later; he first sees Grandpa and Dinky in his uncle's yard, while Tom and Lucy later befriend him when they need his help. Henry took great care to keep the Littles' existence a secret, even from his own parents. Although he betrayed them in one episode ("Dinky's Doomsday Pizza"), the entire incident and its resulting fallout turned out to be only a dream that Dinky was having.

Characters unique to the TV series. Most notable are the two villains, Dr. Hunter and his assistant, Peterson. Hunter is a scientist who has been trying to capture a Little to prove his theories, but has been unsuccessful, although he came close at times. Peterson, Hunter's assistant, may be a nod to John Peterson, who wrote the books on which the series is based.

Episode themes and structure

During the first two seasons, many of the episodes contained moral lessons or addressed specific issues, such as running away from home ("The Little Fairy Tale"), drug abuse ("Prescription for Disaster") and jealousy ("Lights, Camera, Littles" and "Twins").

The first two seasons also featured simple arts and crafts at the end of each episode ("Little Ideas for Big People"), with the second season using suggestions sent in by viewers. During the third season, a segment called "A Little Known Fact" highlighted historical or geographic trivia that was related to the episode.

Cartoon voices

TV history

Along with Inspector Gadget and Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats, The Littles was one of the first cartoons produced by DIC Entertainment for American television.

The first two seasons of shows feature The Littles around the Bigg household, but to improve the show's popularity the final season features the Littles traveling around the world.

During the production run of the show, the Littles were also popular enough to warrant two movie tie-ins:

  • On May 24, 1985, the Littles starred in their first animated feature, Here Come the Littles, which serves a prequel to the TV series. It was directed by Bernard Deyriès and written by Eleanor Burian-Mohr, Jack Olesker, and Jeffrey Scott. This is available on DVD.
  • The following year (1986), a made-for-TV movie was created starring the Littles, Liberty and the Littles. This film was also directed by Bernard Deyriès and written by Heywood Kling. This second movie was subsequently edited into a three-part episode and included in the third season of the series. Liberty and the Littles, which also aired in three parts during the ninth season of the ABC Weekend Special, was released on VHS but is now out of print. However, the episode is available on DVD.
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Broadcast history in the USA

Episode list

(An asterisk (*) denotes an episode that was not rerun in syndication.)

1st Season (1983-1984)

  1. Beware Of Hunter!
  2. The Lost City Of The Littles (*)
  3. The Big Scare
  4. Lights! Camera! Littles!
  5. The Spirits Of The Night
  6. The Little Winner
  7. A Big Cure For A Little Illness
  8. The Rats Are Coming! The Rats Are Coming!
  9. The Little Fairy Tale
  10. Prescription For Disaster (*)
  11. The Little Scouts
  12. A Little Gold...A Lot Of Trouble
  13. Dinky's Doomsday Pizza (*)

2nd Season (1984-1985)

  1. A Little Rock and Roll
  2. The Little Babysitters
  3. The Forest Littles
  4. For The Birds
  5. Twins
  6. Looking for Grandma Little (*)
  7. Every Little Vote Count
  8. The Littles Halloween

3rd Season (1985-1986)

  1. The Little Amazon Queen (*)
  2. Tut the Second (*)
  3. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
  4. The Wrong Stuff (*)
  5. Deadly Jewels (*)
  6. A Little Drunk
  7. Ben Dinky (*)
  8. The Little Girl Who Could

DVD release

On November 13, 2007, S'more Entertainment released The Littles - The Complete Unedited Series on DVD in Region 1.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Additional Information
The Littles: The Complete Unedited series 29 November 13, 2007
  • Storyboard to episode comparison
  • The Littles trivia game plus easter egg
  • Build It Yourself
  • Marc Scott Zicree Interview
  • Full length feature "Liberty and The Littles"
  • DIC logos
  • Additional bonus material for your DVD-Rom

See also

References

  1. ^ The Intelligencer - September 4, 1989
  2. ^ The Intelligencer - December 31, 1993

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