Western Animation / Li'l Elvis Jones and the Truckstoppers
An Australian animated series starring Little Elvis Jones, a child prodigy guitarist and singer, and his two best friends
living in a small Outback town. Lil' Elvis was dropped in a guitar case on the doorstop
of a Happily Married
couple of Elvis Presley
fanatics running a truckstop, who looked out and saw a Cadillac vanishing into the night. Now he and his friends play in a band, and contend with the Corrupt Corporate Executive
W.C. Moore, who practically controls the town and is in a ruthless search for more of the mysterious mineral
known as Berkonium
Despite the fairly typical cartoon presentation, the show had an ongoing plot over W.C. Moore's search for Berkonium and attempts to completely control the town and the Truckstoppers, while the kids deal with the trials of growing up in a small town in the Australian outback.
Tropes evident in this series include:
- Doorstop Baby: Lil' Elvis Jones. While his adoptive parents are convinced he's the King's son, Lil Elvis isn't so sure.
- Electric Torture: Moore's special little remote...that activates Duncan's shock watch. Usually because Moore is annoyed and wants to take it out on someone.
- Emancipated Child: In one episode, all the children in the town take their parents to court. It's played slightly more realistically in that W.C encourages them and supports their case in order to get custody of Lil Elvis.
- Empathic Weapon: Generally not used as a weapon, but W.C.'s Berkonium marble moves on its own and does whatever W.C. wills it to.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: An episode has the jumper shorts of Spike, the resident bully, slip down before snapping back up. If you freeze the frame at the right moment, you'll see that the artists actually drew his privates.
- Happily Adopted: Lil' Elvis.
- Humiliation Conga: W.C. Moore's ultimate fate - not only does he lose a marble game to Lil' Elvis, Duncan becomes his boss and makes him wear the shock watch.
- Land Down Under: A good example of Australians themselves gleefully invoking their own stereotypes.
- Once an Episode:
- Serious Business: Elvis, to the townsfolk at least. Even Moore wants to control the band, since they're a major source of income. Also, marbles.
- As well as the Handkerchief from the real Elvis that Little Elvis' mother owns. So much so that Little Elvis is interrogated when he is suspected of stealing it.
- íThree Amigos!: There's Little Elvis (guitarist and vocals), Janet (drums) and Lionel (didgeridoo).
- The Un-Reveal:We never do learn who left Elvis at the truckstop.
- Unobtainium: Berkonium. W.C. theorises that it comes from outer space, supported by a mysterious device that is attracted to the stuff...
- Why Did It Have to Be Frogs?: WC is terrified of them.
- Widget Series: Classic Aussie humour that only Australians will get.