The Littles is an animated television series, originally produced between 1983 and 1985. It is based on the characters from The Littles, a series of children's novels by American author John Peterson, the first of which was published in 1967. The show focuses on a society of tiny humanoids with mouse like features who reside inside the home of a human family, the Bigg family, who save for one Henry Bigg is unaware of the creature's existence. The series was produced for the American broadcast network ABC by a French/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.
The series follows the Littles on various adventures in the big world with occasional run ins with antagonist Dr. Hunter and his assistant Peterson. 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.
Differences from the Books Edit
The show differs from the books in two primary ways; Henry knowing about the Littles, and the show's inclusion of two antagonists unique to the show; those being Dr. Hunter who wants to capture a Little to prove their existance, and Dr. Hunter's assistant, Peterson, who may or may not be a nod to the writer of the novel series. The show establishes a solid family tree where as information in the books tend to be conflicting. The show establishes that Grandpa is the father of Helen and Dinky is (presumably) the first cousin of Tom and Lucy.
Broadcast History Edit
The Littles aired 29 episodes over the course of three seasons from September 10, 1983 till November 2, 1985.
Season 1 Edit
- Beware of Hunter : Written by Jeffrey Scott : September 10, 1983 : When Dr. Hunter decides to capture a little, Lucy & Tom's friendship with Henry Bigg causes issue with the Little Council.
- Lost City of the Littles : Written by Jeffrey Scott : September 17, 1983 : Henry's parents discover a statue with a tail (portraying an ancient Little ruler), which also piques Dr. Hunter's interest who decides to steal the statue from the local college. The Littles fear what will happen if the inscription is deciphered, and Henry finds himself compelled by his concern for the Littles to take the statue. However when it's revealed what the inscription reads, the full danger is known.
- The Big Scare : Written by Jeffery Scott : September 24, 1983 : Henry spends the night in a haunted house as part of an initiation into a bicycle club unaware that the members have malevolent plans against him, thus it's up to the Littles take it upon themselves to turn the tables in his favor.
Season 2 Edit
Season 3 Edit