Western Animation: Littlest Pet Shop (1995)

Left to right: Stu, Chet, Chloe, Viv and Squeaks.

The first Animated Show based on the Littlest Pet Shop toy line was an attempt to establish a new direction for the franchise.

In a City with No Name, a kindly eccentric named Elwood P. Harvey runs a pet shop that features miniature animals called the Littlest Pets. Unknown to Elwood, the tiny pets have their own society and experience lots of misadventures. This especially applies to the five main characters:

  • Stu: A blue dog who's a well-meaning, lovable bumbler.
  • Chloe: A sarcastic purple cat who's been reincarnated many times since she first lived in Ancient Egypt.
  • Viv: A musically-inclined pink rabbit who sings, dances, plays various instruments, and speaks with an adorable British accent. Her songs are accompanied by a backing band who live inside her top hat.
  • Chet: A macho yellow horse who talks and acts like a traditional cowboy.
  • Squeaks: A banana-loving brown monkey. His main role is helping the other characters, and he communicates with sounds instead of speech.

The description makes Littlest Pet Shop sound like a innocuous show for toddlers, but the series' true inspiration is Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs; like those shows, it features witty dialogue, slapstick humor, pop culture parodies, and even some occasional satire. Much of the series' humor will go over the heads of the small children that it was presumably intended for, and maybe that's why it got disappointing ratings; it simply wasn't the show that anyone expected it to be.

Not to be confused with Littlest Pet Shop Presents or Littlest Pet Shop (2012), which have their own entries.


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