George Shrinks is a Canadian–Chinese animated television series. It is based on the children's book by William Joyce, produced in China by Jade Animation and in Canada by Nelvana, in association with PBS. It tells the story of a ten-year-old boy named George who, one night dreams that he is three inches tall, only to wake up and discover that it is true. The show details his adventures with his friends and family going through his adventures on his mini machines that George and his musical father have created.The series started on September 30, 2000, on PBS Kids as part of PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch. The Bookworm Bunch disbanded in 2004, but George Shrinks was given an individual PBS debut on January 6, 2003, along with The Berenstain Bears and Maurice Sendak's Seven Little Monsters.
George Shrinks provides examples of:
- Big Little Brother: Due to George being shrunken to three inches, his baby brother Junior is much bigger than him.
- Black Bead Eyes: Everyone
- Expository Theme Tune
- From Bad to Worse: The title and premise of one episode.
- Giant Food: In the episode "Ants in the Pantry", tiny George is on a picnic spread and goes by huge food such as salad, and runs up a stack of cupcakes.
- Incredible Shrinking Man: George. It fact, it's pretty much the premise of both the show and the books.
- International Coproduction: A Canada/China co-production between Nelvana and Jade Animation.
- Rule of Cool: In one episode, Becky asks George why his ghost catching machine requires bells and horns. His answer: "they're cool!".