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.
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.