Western Animation: Seven Little Monsters
Seven Little Monsters
was a book by Maurice Sendak
(of Little Bear
and Where the Wild Things Are
fame) that got a Animated Adaptation
about a family of seven monsters
and their mother. It was a part of the PBS
Kids Bookworm Bunch from 2000-2002 and aired from 2003-2007 on YTV
This cartoon provides examples of:
- Adorkable: Two and Seven.
- All Animals Are Dogs: Belinda
- An Aesop: Every episode has one.
- Audience Surrogate: Mary
- Barefoot Funny Monsters: One, Five, and sometimes Three.
- Cast of Snowflakes: The monsters look completely different to one another, despite being septuplets.
- Catch Phrase: "What are you supposed to be today, Three?"
- "Tell me you didn't just say (number)."
- "One of these days..."
- Cute Little Fangs
- Disappeared Dad
- Dom Com
- Edutainment Show
- Friends To All Children: The monsters can often be found playing with human kids and offering them fun experiences due to their great sizes.
- From Bad to Worse: Inverted with One's reasons to tell on her sibling during the campout in the episode I'm Telling! At first, One has good reasons to tell on them, like Four planning to have Seven climb up an incredibly unstable stack of books to reach an ENORMOUS suitcase for Six to pack a bunch of clothes that she does not need at all for one night in the backyard and use Five as a safety landing, and then Four planning to pack everything in the fridge to take to eat on the campout. But then she starts telling on them for smaller and smaller things like Four not sharing the snacks, Seven yelling at her when she tries to help, and Six sticking her tongue out at her. Mom even lampshades this:
Mom: (sighs) One..maybe these things are not all that serious being.
- Furry Female Mane: Both One and Six have human-like hair despite being furry (although Six's face isn't). Three also has a mop of human-like hair, however, as do Two and Seven (though they don't look furry).
- Gentle Giants: Quite literally.
- Half-Dressed Monsters: Three and Four. Three wears an oversized long sleeve while Four sports a yellow t-shirt and purple top hat.
- Hot Skitty-on-Wailord Action: The monsters' mother is a human, so presumably their father is a monster - especially since their mother often points out that Two reminds her of him...
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Presumably the monsters' parents.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Two is Colin Mochrie and Four (and Five and Seven) are Lucius Heinous VII
- In Name Only: The monsters share the same names and basic designs from the original picture book by Maurice Sendak, but the series is otherwise unrelated to it.
- It's a Wonderful Plot: Inverted in "It's A Wonder-Four Life". Four wishes he didn't have siblings, and is shown a world where he is an only child and everything is about him. After what should have been a perfect day for him, he winds up feeling lonely, which makes him appreciate his siblings more.
- Keep Circulating the Tapes: There's never been a full release of the series, and the episodes are incredibly hard to find online.
- Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Except they're monsters instead of anthropomorphic animals.
- Literal-Minded: Several characters have moments of this.
- Massive Numbered Siblings: The titular seven monsters themselves.
- Our Monsters Are Different
- Running Gag: The monsters often get stuck in doorways.
- Shout-Out / Parental Bonus: Many of the personas that Three takes on each episode, from famous characters of older media like Indiana Jones and Captain Nemo, to real-life celebrities such as Leonard Bernstein, Sigmund Freud and Rod Serling.
Seven: You were there... and you... and you, and you were no help at all!
- In "Bang! Zoom! To the Moon!" the scene where Four tosses his blueprints into the air is very reminiscent of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
- Sick Episode: Doctor, Doctor!
- Slice of Life
- Super Strength: They all posses this due to their size.
- Title Theme Tune: Performed by Barenaked Ladies at that! The only other words in the song besides the title are "They cause trouble, there they go!"
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: One and Six.
- Talking to Himself: Four, Five and Seven
- Unexplained Accent: Their mother is a Funny Foreigner, but the monsters speak clear English... Well, except Five.
- Unusually Uninteresting Sight: Nobody bats an eyelid at a bunch of giagantic monsters running around.
- Vengeful Vending Machine: Four tries his hardest to get a sheriff's badge from a prize machine, only for it to keep giving him princess crowns.
- Who's on First?: Because their names are numbers, this happens rather frequently.
- Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Subverted. They all have yellow eyes but none of them are particularly sneaky.
- You Are Number Six: The monsters are named from One to Seven.