The latest Animated Show in the Littlest Pet Shop franchise, which premiered on The Hub on November 10, 2012.Developed by My Gym Partner's a Monkey's creators Timothy Cahill and Julie McNally Cahill, the series follows Blythe Baxter and her father as they move into a Big City apartment above the Littlest Pet Shop - a day-camp for pets of all kinds. Her adventures begin when she discovers that she alone can miraculously understand and talk to all of the pets. Learning that the pet shop is about to close down because of the Largest Ever Pet Shop, which is run by the Biskitt family, Blythe agrees to help save the pet shop. After this initial setup, the series focuses on Blythe and the pets' wacky adventures. A DVD entitled Littlest Pet Shop: Little Pets, Big Adventures was released by Shout! Factory on January 15, 2013. The entire first season is also available for streaming on Netflix.Not to be confused with Littlest Pet Shop (1995) or Littlest Pet Shop Presents, which have their own entries.The series is currently in its second season.A recap page is now up.
Absentee Actor: The following is a list of episodes where any of the main pets are absent:
Minka, Pepper and Penny Ling are absent in "Bakers and Fakers", and Sunil goes AWOL after the first few minutes of the episode.
Vinnie and Penny Ling are absent in "Terriers and Tiaras", and Pepper and Sunil go AWOL after the first few minutes.
All the female pets are absent in "Eight Arms to Hold You".
Russell, Pepper and Sunil are absent in "The Big, Feathered Parade", and Penny Ling goes AWOL after the first few minutes.
Ascended Fanboy: In "The Big Feathered Parade" Vinnie's Hero turned out to not be a real iguana but a hologram, after the actor rage quits, Vinnie then is given control of the motion capture suit for the parade, literally becoming his hero
A Day in the Limelight: "What Meme Worry" Jasper is a major character, in fact he set the entire episode into motion.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In Russell's song in episode 7, he says that he and the other pets will make a mess and not clean it up, blow all their money shopping, and they'll take a wrong turn and get lost.
Artistic License - Animal Care: In "Topped with Buttercream", the pets are shown eating candy and suffering no ill effects apart from a stomach ache and a bad sugar high. In real life, candy would be poisonous to most of them.
Yet again when Blythe shares her cake with them in "Bakers and Fakers" especially Zoe which the cake may or may not have chocolate in it.
Blythe:"Why can I suddenly understand pets? I mean, who can talk to pets?"
Russell:"That's not important, Blythe."
Balloon Belly: In "Topped with Buttercream", Russell, Sunil and Penny get some.
Be Careful What You Wish For: In the first minute of episode 1, Blythe makes a comment to a puppy and squirrel that she wishes she knew what they were saying, only to have a minor freakout when she finally gets to Littlest Pet Shop for the first time.
Brick Joke: At the beginning of "Mean Isn't Your Color", Mrs. Twombly brings home a garish dress. At the end of the episode it's implied that she decided to give Blythe said dress since she was so busy making the pets and Roger's outfits that she didn't have time to make her own. Blythe is less than enthusiastic.
The hair on the counter in "Eve of Destruction".
Carnivore Confusion: All animals in the world are apparently sapient, but the pets don't seem to have a problem with eating meat products.
In "What Did You Say?", Vinnie befriends a fly that he had been trying to eat.
Cloudcuckoolander: Anyone that isn't Blythe or the Biskitsnote species notwithstanding Though the more notable ones are Mrs. Twombly, Buttercream and Sugar Sprinkles.
Chainsaw Good: One of the things "Fun Russell" throws Pepper to juggle is a chainsaw.
Chekhov's Gun: Blythe's headphones in "Gailbreak!" and her emergency comb in "Dumb Dumbwaiter".
Chekhov's Gunwoman: In the first episode, a woman named Christie visits the then-closing Littlest Pet Shop in search of possible locations for a sweet shop. In "Topped with Buttercream", it turns out she's Youngmee Song's aunt and she ultimately opens the sweet shop next door to the Littlest Pet Shop.
Continuity Nod: In "Topped with Buttercream", Pepper's face paint includes orange eye shadow.
"Terriers and Tiaras" shows that Blythe is still very camera shy (At first).
In "Sweet (truck) ride" the pets take turns licking Sugar Sprinkle's candy coated fur, which Vinnie spits out a pink hairball. Later in "Blythe's Pet Project" Shivers takes interest in a "Pink Cat Hairball" while he and Blythe are digging through the dumpster.
Corpsing: In-Universe in "Sweet (Truck) Ride." The pets are trying to film a re-enactment of how they accidentally got the truck going and not Blythe, but Zoe and Pepper get a bad case of the giggles when trying to film their part of the incident.
Corrupt Corporate Executive: Subverted. The Largest Ever Pet Shop may have all the warmth and comfort of a Home Depot located in the Ninth Circle of Hell, but Fisher Biskit is actually honest, polite, and strongly believes in the value of hard work, trying and failing to instil the same values in his daughters.
Played straight in "Heart of Parkness" In which Fisher acquires a very rare, very expensive snake for a special customer. Yet the show heavily implies the snake is illegal and maybe even endangered. He very likely bought it off of the black market.
Crazy-Prepared: Roger has in his car facial tissue, cotton balls, and Blythe's favorite brushes in case the latter needed/forgot them.
Also the Biskits have a armoire filled with hundreds of fresh new laptops in case they ever need it. Which is often since they throw out their laptop if they even click on a website they don't happen to like.
Dark Is Not Evil: In "What Did You Say?", Vinnie gets lost in the city dump and meets a rat named Pete. He's got an evil looking mustache, an eye patch, and a large gold chain. And instead of wanting to harm Vinnie, he's actually very nice and friendly and helps Vinnie find his way home.
Delayed Reaction: In "Sweet (Truck) Ride" when Vinny accidentally steps on Sugar Sprinkles' tail, she holds back her scream of pain until after she asks him not to be offended when it happens.
Depending on the Writer: Blythe's and the Biskits' relationship varies from begrudging respect, to indifference, to mutual dislike.
Early-Bird Cameo: Mary Frances and Olive Shellstein briefly appear among the crowd of pets and owners in the closing scene of "Blythe's Big Adventure, Part 2."
Youngme Song's Aunt Christie has a little appearance towards the end of the first episode, 15 episodes before her first major appearance.
Elevator Failure: Episode 9 revolves around Blythe, Zoe, Pepper, and Minka stuck in the dumbwaiter.
And again in "The Secret Treasure of Henrietta Twombly" the pets enter the Dumbwaiter and try to make it rise, but halfway up they realize they aren't strong enough and the whole thing crashes to the bottom and even further by smashing through the floor into a subterranean cave. Though luckily, this worked out for them, since it led them straight to the treasure they were looking for.
Epic Fail: In "Pawlm Reading" the phony pet psychic's analyses of the pets are not only incorrect, but also the exact opposite of what they're really like.
Freudian Slip: In "Blythe's Crush", Blythe keeps slipping in the word "cute" when describing how she bumped into Josh.
Funny Background Event: In "Topped With Buttercream". During the "Sweet Shop" song, Buttercream sings atop of a candy covered table surrounded by the other pets. During this time, Penny Ling takes a bite of the table. Later, Minka and Penny Ling jump on plates of jello. Minka bounces, but Penny Ling gets stuck.
Also, Youngmee eating all her aunt's ice cream while the latter was trying to find the key to the sweetshop.
Fun with Acronyms: Literally. The fashion school Blythe hopes to attend is called "Fashion University North", or "F.U.N." for short.
Gender Reveal: Tootsie, Mary Frances, Princess Stori. The writers seem to like this one.
Seems to be a Take That at pet owners who never bother to figure out what gender their pet is.
Speaking of Buttercream, anytime one of the pets says "What?" to her, she also says "What?" gets excited and then looks like she relaxes herself as if she has an orgasm. Hub's radars are clearly dead.
In "Helicopter Dad", Pepper questions herself which hole of the two holes of the turtle shell is the hole for the face, because she doesn't want to talk to the "wrong end". In the same episode, Roger quite blatantly flirts with one of the school nurses.
In "What Did You Say", Vinnie gets himself into a bad part of town, where trash is everywhere and things are in shambles and the viewer briefly sees a clearly homeless person. Rather dark for a sugary cartoon like this.
In "Bakers and Fakers", the Biskit Twins bake a cake that has life sized cake versions of themselves on top of it. The cake heads slide off and the red borscht berry filling erupts out of the severed cake bodies like High Pressure Blood.
The blatant reference to homosexuality in "The Big Feathered Parade."
Heroic BSOD: Minka gets hit with one in "Bad Hair Day" when she's pressured by the rest of the pets to create art that will propel them all to fame and fortune.
High Pressure Blood: In "Bakers and Fakers", because the Biskit Twins' poorly-made cake of themselves is filled to the brim with red borscht berry filling, this trope ensues when the cakes' "heads" slide off.
Hilarious Outtakes: Parodied in "Sweet (Truck) Ride" when the pets are trying to record a re-enactment of the accident.
Hippy Teacher: Blythe comes in late for class and gives not being "mentally ready" as an excuse. Mr. Banks responds by making the entire class take a "mental break".
Human Ladder: The pets have done this a couple times in the series, but it has yet to become a standard technique of theirs.
Alluded to in "What Meme Worry?" after Sunil's meme getting a million likes, Vinnie asks how much a million is. Russell says that if a million mongooses stood on each-others shoulders they'd be really really high up. Vinnie then says "Sounds really heavy for the Moogoose on the bottom" which Sunil admits that's what he feels like.
I Can't Believe It's Not Heroin: In "Topped With Buttercream", the pets get high on too much sugar. This is way exaggerated with the pets actually showing some symptoms of drug use, like extremely small irises, jitteriness, disorientation, eye twitching, trembling, nausea, strange and aggressive behaviour and hallucinations (though this is partially Truth in Television if you introduce sugar to people who never had it before). Penny Ling even had a straight-on Mushroom Samba. It ends in them dressing in tribal sugar-themed outfits and behaving more or less insane.
Insane Troll Logic: In "Bakers and Fakers" when Whittany and Brittany learn the winners will earn half a grade, they come to the conclusion that since there's two of them that's one whole grade for both of them.
The Biskits AGAIN in "The Nest Hats Craze!", while holding Blythe against her will.
"Like, if you didn't want to be tied up and held against you will, you like, never would've become a celebrity."
Intoxication Ensues: When the pets go on a sugar binge in "Topped With Buttercream". Penny in particular starts hallucinating.
Invisible Parents: Owners, anyway. Part of the premise is that the store is a day camp for the pets that their owners leave them at. Throughout season one, Zoe's owners are the only ones who make a physical appearance.
Ironic Name: One of the Biskit twins is named Whittany and has black hair, while the other is named Brittany and has white hair.
It's All My Fault: In "Summertime Blues", Pepper and Russell wonder if it's their fault Blythe is leaving.
The Littlest (Pet) Shop That Wasn't There Yesterday: The pilot kind of plays up this angle, with Roger remarking that he didn't notice it before, and then a shot of Mrs. Twombly peeking out of the blinds while tense music plays. The shop turned out to be pretty mundane, save for the animal communication abilities it apparently gave Blythe. It's then parodied when Blythe hears the air conditioner and thinks the shop is purring.
Though subverted in the second episode where Jasper says he "Loves that store" meaning it's been there for some time.
Loads and Loads of Characters: In the first episode we meet Blythe (1) her dad (2) seven pets (9) the store owner (10) the Biskit twins (12) three school friends (15!) and several others who may or may not be reoccurring characters. For a show aimed at younger viewers, this is... somewhat ambitious to say the least.
Lots of Luggage: Blythe packs a mountain of luggage for an all-summer fashion camp, although some of this is supplies she'll need for drawing and designing.
Made of Explodium: In episode 3 when Blythe makes Zoe a sweater out of her fur it promptly bursts.
Magic Realism: Apart from Blythe's ability to talk to animals and the occasional cartoony gag, the show is pretty down to earth.
And in episode 13 Sunil is mistaken for a movie star.
Misunderstood Loner with a Heart of Gold: The rats in "What Did You Say?". At first they appear to be antagonists, but then the leader agrees to help Vinnie get back home and even goes out of his way to rescue Vinnie when he's captured by the episode's true antagonist.
Multi-Part Episode: The series premiere "Blythe's Big Adventure Part One" and "Blythe's Big Adventure Part Two".
One Steve Limit: Averted in "So You Skink You Can Dance." All the male dancers of Shake A Leg are named Igor, and all the females are named Karina. (Though they all have different last names, of course.)
Also averted with Morgan Payne in "Bad Hair Day" and Morgan the man who plays Bruce the Legal Iguana in "The Big, Feathered Parade".
Paper-Thin Disguise: In "Bakers and Fakers" the Biskit twins wear trench coats, hats, and mustaches in an attempt to appear as Newspaperist... er Journalist, in order to figure out what the gang is doing to make their cake. The gang is completely aware of who they are but still humor them.
Parental Neglect: In "Helicopter Dad", the Biskit twins notice Blythe's dad is at the school, and we get this dialogue:
Brittany: Whittany, look who brought her own, like— wait, what's that person called, who, like, takes care of you?
Whittany: Like, a care-type person?
Brittany: That's it! Ugh, look who brought her own, like, care-type person with her today.
Makes us wonder how their relationship with their "care-type person" is like...
From what we see later, the problem is that he takes an active interest in their growth and expects them to work hard and get ahead honestly, when they'd actually prefer a neglectful Dad who just throws money at them and spoils them in lieu of genuine love and support.
In "Terriers & Tiaras" when she is first interviewed she's rendered catatonic with camera shyness and can't say anything other than her name.
Pie in the Face: Penny throws a pistachio pudding pie into Pepper's face after the latter apologizes.
Place Worse Than Death: The Largest Ever Pet Shop is describe as this in episode 1. When we actually see the inside of the store in episode 4 it turns out said description might have exaggerated a bit.
Playing Cyrano: In "Trading Places", Zoe (Who has a large blemish on her nose) asks Penny to talk to her crush Digby for her.
Poke the Poodle: Fun Russell's zany antics include: switching the positions of two pet beds, not flossing his teeth, and not separating his laundry.
Pseudo Crisis: In "Dumb Dumbwaiter" Mrs. Twombly locks Penny, Russell, Sunil and Vinnie in a cage, inadvertently hindering their efforts to save their other friends from the dumbwaiter. After the break, Penny just undoes the latch with her paw.
Though the show may have been parodying this trope. (Like they parody everything else)
Puppy-Dog Eyes: The pets somehow manage this on Blythe near the end of "Blythe's Big Adventure Part One," even though Littlest Pet Shop toys are known for being in perpetual Puppy-Dog Eyes mode. Needless to say, it's adorable.
Zoe does this to Blythe in "Terriers and Tiaras", so she can be in the reality show. It almost won't work, until the pets used a flashlight, watering can, and violin music to make it more sad.
Russell does this to Penny Ling when he asked her if he's too serious in "Russell Up Some Fun".
Sunil is also very well known for this. He seems to do it at least once or twice in almost every episode he's in.
Ragequit: Mrs. Twombly in "Dumb Dumbwaiter" after the cans she's trying to stack into a pyramid collapse for the fifth time.
There's a subtle gag the second time she does it: the first thing she pulls out is icing pops, which were what she was looking for the first time.
Running Gag: When someone hugs Russell one of his spines gets stuck in their face.
"Dumb Dumbwaiter" gives us a constantly collapsing pyramid of cans.
Once per episode with Buttercream, has her spewing insane gibberish, a character saying "what?" her saying "what" back and her ears twirl together when untwirl as she sighs, then follows up with her catchphrase: "Aaanywhooooooo..."
This running gag is averted for laughs in "The Treasure of Henrietta Twombly" where Pepper asks a question, Buttercream responses with "Do you mean... *says complete gibberish*" and starts to prepare position for the ear twirl. Yet instead of saying "what?" Pepper says "No" and walks away.
Seinfeldian Conversation: The B plot to "So You Skink You Can Dance" consists of the pets trying to decide where to keep the TV remote.
Secret Test of Character: Old Bananas's supposed grouchiness and disappointment in Pepper is actually a facade meant to prepare her for the hardships of show business, as revealed when Pepper finally wins him and the pets over with her comedy.
In "Frenemies", Penny Ling remarks that Vinnie looks cute without his tail.
Shout Out: Some of the pets have color pallets and properties that may or may not have been intentionally borrowed from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Zoe has the same coat color coordination as Twilight (her personality is more in line with Rarity), Minka is a pink monkey with some of the same mannerisms as Pinkie Pie but colors from Cheerilee and Penny Ling appears to be as sensitive as Fluttershy.
Probably a little justified since the same animation company responsible for Friendship is Magicnote Studio B Productions, now part of DHX Media, and credited under the latter name is also responsible for Littlest Pet Shop.
As on MLP, "Fancy" in used in place of "French".
Also with MLP, this may be stretching it but... at the very end of "Frenemies" Penny Ling blasts cake at Zoe and Pepper during her "party" out of a "cannon" Hmm... sound familiar?
Pepper's speech to Blythe in the two-parter is reminiscent to the film Rush Hour.
Pepper: (up in Blythe's face) DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE WORDS THAT ARE COMING OUT OF MY MOUTH?
Britney's fantasy plan sequence also bears a lot of resemblance to Yzma's.
When Russell saw the Biskit twins about to dump the goop, he did a Spin-dash.
An inversion. Hedgehogs have always been able to roll into a ball in order to protect themselves and attack enemies. In this case, Russell was just using his natural abilities.
In the "Humanarian" song, Minka looks like Jem and Penny Ling looks like Shana.
Episode 23, "Door-Jammed", has a "U Can't Touch This" parody sung by Roger Baxter immediately followed by a two-minute homage to Michael Jackson's Thriller music video, complete with spooky Vincent Price monologue.