Henry Bigg [Jimmy Keegan] discovers a family of little mouselike
people called the Littles, while looking through his suitcase on
vacation. Consisting of father William [Gregg Berger], little sister
Lucy Little [Bettina Bush], dim-witted pilot Dinky [Robert David
Hall], Helen [Patricia Parris], Tom [Donavan Freberg], cousin Ashley
[B.J. Ward] and the authority figure, Grandpa Little [Alvy Moore]
- as well as their miniature rollerskating turtle friend, Slick.
Henry keeps their presence a secret, but they are sometimes threatened
by rats and other creatues, not to mention Dr. Hunter - a government
employee who tries to captures them for scientific experimentation.
The majority of episodes follow the Littles as they explore areas
either within the walls of Henry's house, or hitch a ride with him.
Dinky typically gets cornered or trapped, due to his clumsiness,
and Grandpa devises a way to rescue him, usually resulting in his
typical phrase, "Dinky, you fool!"
the series typically featured a handful of Littles characters, their
"community" had hundreds of littles, as seen in their
"town meetings." The Little community would communicate
through a complicated series of message tubes, which were basically
long pipelines consisting of accordian straws, set up throughout
episode entitled "A Little Drunk" carried a message about
alcoholism, as Henry's favorite movie star Mr. Crowin (closely resembling
Indiana Jones), displays violent behavior on the movie set, eventually
burning the studio down. The episode's lesson expands into a message
against drunk driving as character Dinky drives while impared by
just one drink, and almost kills Grandpa Little by accident.
series concluded with a feature film in 1985, entitled "Here Come
the Littles." Within the movie, the Littles help Henry escape his
tyrant uncle Augustus. A year later in 1986, the television special
"Liberty and the Littles" was released.
Allumination Filmwor released various "The Littles" movies