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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 concerning 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.

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Tropes evident in this series include:

  • Abandoned Mine: Wannapoo was mined out years ago by the Moore family. This affects the town into the present; Lil' Elvis is the only thing keeping the town afloat, and the network of mines underneath the town and its surroundings comes back to bite everyone hard.
  • Black and Nerdy: Lionel, although given the outback Australian setting, he's of Australian Aboriginal descent, rather than African-American.
  • Doorstop Baby: Lil' Elvis Jones. While his adoptive parents are convinced he's the King's son, Lil Elvis isn't so sure.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In Episode 1, the sequence that introduces us to the struggling outback town of Wannapoo begins with the town's run-down 'Welcome' sign, which depicts a bearded miner. At first, it seems like it's just because Wannapoo is a former mining town, but in Episode 2, we learn that the miner is none other the town's former biggest local legend from before Li'l Elvis came along: Old Man Izard, whose ghost is said to haunt the old mines.
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  • 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 - the Sacred Hankie - that Little Elvis' mother owns. So much so that Little Elvis is interrogated when he is suspected of stealing it.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: "Sultan of Mean", about what an asshole WC is.
  • ¡Three 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.
  • Tickle Torture: Janet and Lionel do this to Elvis to try and get him to tell Dusty that she's not in the band.
  • Tunnel Network: The old mines beneath Wannapoo provide the main characters with both a secret hideout and easy travel; there are numerous openings, from the fireplace in the Moore house and the random fissure that opens up beneath Janet in Episode 1 to the outhouse (a.k.a. dunny) that fell out of use after its bottom fell out. The fact that the town is right on top of a mine becomes terribly, terribly relevant by the end.
  • 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.

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