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The Littles 

Animated series about a 13-year-old boy named Henry Bigg who goes on vacation and finds mouse-like creatures in his suitcase called Littles. There's a whole family of Littles. William and ... See full summary »

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Heywood Kling
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3   2   1  
1985   1984   1983  
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Series cast summary:
Jimmy Keegan Jimmy Keegan ...  Henry Bigg 29 episodes, 1983-1985
Bettina Bush ...  Lucy Little 29 episodes, 1983-1985
Alvy Moore ...  Grandpa Little 29 episodes, 1983-1985
Robert David Hall ...  Dinky Little / ... 29 episodes, 1983-1985
Jacques Marin ...  Grand'Pa 26 episodes, 1983-1985
Odile Schmitt Odile Schmitt ...  Tom 26 episodes, 1983-1985
Donavan Freberg Donavan Freberg ...  Tom Little 21 episodes, 1983-1984
Patricia Parris Patricia Parris ...  Helen Little 21 episodes, 1983-1984
Gregg Berger ...  Frank Little 21 episodes, 1983-1984
Paul Eiding 21 episodes, 1983-1984
Ken Sansom Ken Sansom ...  Dr. Hunter / ... 21 episodes, 1983-1984
Laurel Page Laurel Page ...  Mrs. Bigg 21 episodes, 1983-1984
Erv Immeman Erv Immeman 21 episodes, 1983-1984
Pat Fraley ...  Slick the Turtle 16 episodes, 1984-1985
B.J. Ward ...  Ashley Little 16 episodes, 1984-1985
Chris Benard Chris Benard ...  Charlie 16 episodes, 1983-1985
Hal Smith ...  Mr. Finnigan 14 episodes, 1983-1985
Mona Marshall 13 episodes, 1983
John Stephenson 13 episodes, 1983
Candace Craig Candace Craig 13 episodes, 1983
Jonathan Goldsmith 13 episodes, 1983
Marilyn Schreffler Marilyn Schreffler 13 episodes, 1983
Russi Taylor 13 episodes, 1983
Frank Welker ...  Slick the Turtle 13 episodes, 1983
David Hollander 13 episodes, 1983
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Animated series about a 13-year-old boy named Henry Bigg who goes on vacation and finds mouse-like creatures in his suitcase called Littles. There's a whole family of Littles. William and Lucy Little help raise their three children, 21-year-old Dinky, 13-year-old Tom and 10-year-old Lucy. Dinky is the clumsy and goofy voiced pilot who is out of school and is 21 years old and is usually seen helping Grandpa Little out by doing a bunch of stuff while Mr. and Mrs. Little work during the day. Tom is the excited one and Lucy is the youngest and smallest and always ready to do something. In the second season, they adopted a girl named Ashley, who had short hair and wanted excitement always happen with The Littles. Written by Brett J. Ferino <Ferinojf@aol.com>

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Here Come The Littles


Certificate:

TV-Y
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USA | France | Japan

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I piccoli See more »

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Runtime:

(29 episodes)

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Season three is set up completely different than the first two. Tom and Lucys parents aren't seen, the Littles, along with Henry and his parents, travel across the world and in space, and there is noe reference of Hunter or where he's gone. Season three shows the Littles on their own big adventures. See more »

Crazy Credits

When the DIC logo is shown after the credits, Dinky dots the "I" in "DIC" by throwing a button at the logo. See more »

Connections

Followed by Here Come the Littles (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Here Come The Littles
(Theme)
Written by Shuki Levy & Haim Saban
Performed by Rachelle Cano
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Little People, Big Fun!
19 June 2004 | by GaosSee all my reviews

I remember watching this show when it was new--I was 8 years old at the time, about the same age as Lucy Little, and I totally identified with her. At the time I thought it was just a fun show about little (REALLY little!) kids that were just like me, in a way. Recently I found it again in syndication and I'm relieved to find out that one of my childhood favourites _has_ aged well.

"The Littles" is a very creative cartoon, and gives great attention to details. For one thing, every time they do a scene from the Littles' point of view (which is often), the animators had to draw ordinary objects blown up to many times their size, which requires a lot of detail work (i.e, every single individual strand on a piece of string, the holes on a piece of printer paper, etc.) Another detail that I like is that the Littles are mostly drawn as having a sort of late 1800's/early 1900's style to their clothes, technology, etc. For example, Tom dresses kind of like a "Newsie", Dinky's outfit is that of a WWI flying ace rather than a _modern_ pilot, and the kids' home-made bicycles (which use _bottle caps_ for wheels) have the front wheel much bigger than the back, like a 19th-century style bike. This lends a colorful little touch of...quaintness to the look of the show and adds to the Littles' "otherworldly" feel.

And then there's the characters, none of whom are one-dimensional clichés. The main one I remembered from back then (besides Lucy) has gotta be the dippy, accident-prone aviator Cousin Dinky--and watching it again, I can see why. He is just plain _hilarious_--constantly bragging about being an expert at things he's never done, insanely daring one second but cowardly the next, seemingly unfazed by crashing his plane (which happens _often_. Well, you know what they say...any crash you can walk away from...) And while he normally seems stupid or at least "out of it", he can sometimes be the only one who picks up on an important clue. Personality-wise, he _strongly_ reminds me of Launchpad McQuack, from "DuckTales"/"Darkwing Duck"...but since "The Littles" was first, I guess we gotta call Dinky the "prototype" of LP, huh? (Heck, the way Grandpa always insults Dinky even sounds like the way Scrooge McDuck always yells at LP...)

The other characters shine no less brightly. Grandpa is not a feeble old coot, but instead a tough, experienced older gentleman with a sharp sense of adventure and an even sharper tongue! Tom is a bit hot-tempered and impulsive but has a heart underneath that, and Lucy is a tomboy who manages to be _sensible_ without coming across as cowardly. She's the kind of role-model more little girls these days could stand to grow up with. Even Henry, who's fairly bland, comes across as sympathetic because the other kids at his school consider him something of a loser.

All things considered, "The Littles" may not be one of the greatest cartoons of all time, no, but it is detailed, creative, and _does_ hold up well over time. If you haven't caught this one on syndication yet, give it a look--because, like the tiny people themselves, you never know when it might disappear.


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