The Littles

ABC (ended 1986)
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  • This is DIC's first animated show (with the second being Inspector Gadget) and it first premiered in September of 1983 on ABC. The Littles is loosely based on The Borrowers from a creative author named John Peterson. This series focuses on one particular family of Littles - Grandpa, Mom and Dad, Dinky, and the two youngest: Tom and Lucy. In their quest to become productive adults, the Littles and their 12-year old huge friend Henry face the same kinds of problems that young children face every day - issues of friendship, jealousy, honesty, prejudice, consideration for others, kindness, responsibility, risk-taking ... and more. Each episode of the Littles focuses on one such issue, presenting it in explicit, concrete terms. And young, attractive characters with whom children can identify carry out these actions, they serve as excellent role models for young viewers. Younger and older children, boys and girls, loners and social butterflies...all can find a character with whom to identify and from whom to learn. And last but far from least, the character of Grandpa, a wise, experienced, older Little who clearly loves and cares for the Little kids, functions as the kind of non-threatening, non-didactic teacher to whom children respond. He frequently articulates the lesson inherent in the action as he interacts with and advises the Little children. He is the best kind of teacher. The exciting adventures of the Littles and the suspense generated by their frequent narrow escapes from Dr Hunter are designed to capture and hold young viewers' attention. The explicitness with which each lesson is articulated and role models with whom children can identify are designed to ensure that children note and understand the embedded pro-social content as they derive delight from the action. Theme Song Henry: "I have a very special secret, i'm the only one who knows about tiny people living in our walls called The Littles". Lucy: Hello Henry Bigg! Henry: Hello, Lucy Little! Grandpa: Wait a second, Dinky Little! Dinky: No time, Grandpa Little! Lucy: Jump, Tom Little! Henry: Someone's Coming Mr. Little: Come home kids! Lucy: Quick slick! Second Version - 1984-1985 Here Come The Littles, always running to and fro, here come the Littles, there living with ya don't ya know? One day when Henry went away, the littles fell inside his suitcase. He laid it down just half-ways. When he opened his luggage and the littles jumped out. They've been the best friends ever since. He's kept in secret there existence. Inside the walls they've always been. You cant stop the littles cause the littles dont stop! Second Version - Final Season: 1985-1986 Here come The Littles (Hurry Up Grandpa), Traveling around the world, They go from one land to the other, They know theres so much to discover,(Come on Then) Here come The Littles so you better watch out They learn with such Fascination, in almost every situation Here come the littles so you better watch out. Ending Theme - All Seasons We are the littles, tails that squiggle to and fro, we are the littles were living with you dont ya know? we keep a secret from the outside. From Mr. Bigg we gotta hide, we use a pencil for a slide, you can't stop the littles cause the littles don't stop. The show is based on a series of books written by John Peterson.moreless

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 11

    Liberty and the Littles - Part 3

    Aired 11/1/86

  • S 3 : Ep 10

    Liberty and the Littles - Part 2

    Aired 10/25/86

  • S 3 : Ep 9

    Liberty And The Littles - Part 1

    Aired 10/18/86

  • S 3 : Ep 8

    The Little Girl Who Could

    Aired 11/2/85

  • S 3 : Ep 7

    Ben Dinky

    Aired 10/26/85

  • Cast & Crew
  • Frank Welker

    Slick the turtle (Season 1)

  • Gregg Berger

    voice of William Little

  • B.J. Ward

    Ashley Little (Seasons 2-3)

  • Pat Fraley

    Slick the (Seaons 2-3)

  • Alvy Moore

    voice of Grandpa Little

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  • billy1981

    User Score: 144


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Man: (picking up Hunter's ferret) What's this? Some weird kind of cat?

    Notes (7)

    • "Here Come the Littles" is the only feature film based upon the series.

      It was released on VHS in the 1980s and was recently released to DVD.

    • This was Released to home video.

    • This was the first episode of The Littles to air on ABC Network.

    • It should be noted while in the cartoon Dinky is an utter goober, in the book series (written by John Peterson) he's actually an intelligent and capable pilot...and a married man. Also, Henry Bigg is completely ignorant of the Littles' existance.

    • This episode was made to air on the weekend before Halloween, what with its creepy subject manner and mood (a dark and stormy night.) Ironically, another DiC cartoon airing (with a new episode premiering) on the same day, "Inspector Gadget," also did a "scary"-theme episode, "The Haunted Castle!"

    • The heavy metal band is called the "Copacetics."

    • This Special was also released to home video.

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    Trivia (6)

    • Current syndicated reruns of this episode are severely edited: they cut out the opening scene and all the Littles meetings in this one.

    • The Littles make their movie using an old movie camera and film, which is most likely in the old Super-8 format. By 1983, movie cameras were obsolete, as video cameras have become popular by then (and more recently, digital video cameras).

    • While "The Little Winner"'s rat was quite cartoony and was saying "Squee, squee, squee," the rats in this episode (and later ones) look and sound more realistic.

    • The train in this episode sounds outdated... it has an old-style train horn (the type with the deep "mooing" sound). Later episodes with trains, however, use more modern and realistic train sounds.

    • Some of the "outer space" music in this episode is recycled from Heathcliff and the Catillac Cats.

    • The sound studio apparently did not have adequate fire detection...if they had smoke/heat sensors, it would've automatically tripped the fire alarms. The only way the alarm sounded was when Grandpa set off a pull station outside the studio.

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    Allusions (1)

    • This episode contains some references to the 1983 film The Right Stuff.

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Cute Show

    By billy1981, Oct 16, 2012

  • Don't believe the Hype, Dic cartoon fans, This one got me bored up.

    By BlueMario1016, Oct 08, 2007

  • A pretty good show.

    By Bandgeek4ever, Dec 28, 2005

  • This was a great show. There was no violence or bad language. It would be nice to see The Littles brought back for kids today to watch. I enjoyed it as a kid, but I know times have changed. A lot of the shows today don't teach values.

    By arrunner2, Aug 24, 2005