The Littles

The Littles

Created by author John Peterson, The Littles were a series of popular children’s novels written in the late 60s featuring a family of tiny intelligent creatures, part-human and part-rodent. In 1983, they emerged from the books to star in their very own Saturday morning cartoon series on ABC called The Littles.

The Littles family lived covertly inside the walls of homes inhabited by full-sized humans. They used a baby bottle hung upside down as a shower, used sardine cans for their beds and teacups for sailing vessels. The elders of the Littles clan disapproved of any interaction with the big people, but young Lucy and Tom couldn’t resist and, not only revealed themselves, but befriended a human boy by the name of Henry Bigg who lived with his father, scientist George Bigg.

The diminutive duo would sneak out to accompany Henry and his father on various adventures. Because of their size, these trips often proved treacherous but Henry always kept a watchful eye on his tiny friends, keeping them safe and protecting them from detection.

When they needed a little dose of wisdom, Lucy and Tom could always turn to the kind-hearted Grandpa Little, and when a bit of comic relief was needed, they could always rely on the antics of Uncle Dinky, a bumbling pilot of toy airplanes. Along the way, they learned various life lessons about friendship, caring for others and loyalty.

Young viewers showed the same affinity for the animated Littles as they had for the book series – which sold millions of copies over the years. The show aired on ABC for three seasons before moving to The Family Channel for another four years, beginning in 1989. In 1998, they moved to Toon Disney for another four years and have been in syndication as recently as 2011. The complete television series was released on DVD, allowing families to share the wholesome series with their kids.

And not to be outdone by other small creatures of the genre, The Littles made the transition to the big screen in the 1985 feature film, Here Comes the Littles, followed by a made-for-TV movie the following year called Liberty and the Littles.

They say that big things come in small packages and in that respect, The Littles were huge, at least to all the youngsters that faithfully tuned into this endearing animated series.

If you remember curling up in front of the tv to watch The Littles on Saturday mornings, we’d love to hear your memories in our comments section below.

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