Little People is a stop-motion animated series produced by Egmont Imagination, based on the Fisher-Price toys. The series follows the adventures of Eddie and his frog, Freddie; Sarah Lynn, Eddie's sister; Michael; Maggie, and Sonya Lee.
Fisher-Price has announced a complete Continuity Reboot of the franchise on its website, now helmed by Genevieve Goings of Choo Choo Soul fame and produced by DHX Media, in cel-shaded CGI. Noticeably, this version retools Eddie, but retires the rest of the other characters, while introducing a new set of characters. This version also faces a slight genre shift as the episodes are now Web Original, only available from Fisher-Price's official video sources (i.e. their own website, and their Youtube channel).
As of March 2016, it has been spun back into a TV show. The new series airs on Sprout weekdays at 7AM. However, as of Septermber 2017, it appears that the show has been screwed over after the rebranding of Sprout to Universal Kids.
Little People contains examples of the following tropes:
- An Aesop: Obligatory for E/I.
- Art Evolution: Between the launch and the 2016 reboot, the design of the characters has changed numerous times, often very drastically, if they weren't outright put on the bus. Even the switch from the 2013 reboot webseries to the 2016 Sprout series saw changes in the character designs (most noticeably with Sofie) to the franchise.
- Continuity Reboot: The 2013 reboot retools Eddie, and puts Sonya Lee, Michael, Maggie, Sarah Lynn, and practically everyone else on the bus.
- Debut Queue: The first five five-minute episodes of the series, collected on the Friendship Collection DVD, introduce Eddie (and Freddie and Sarah Lynn), Maggie, Sonya Lee, and Farmer Jed respectively.
- The 2013 reboot pilot has a starting lineup of Miss Hugg, Tessa, Eddie, Koby, Sofie and Mia.
- Doing It for the Art: On the one hand, the series is obviously merchandise-driven. On the other, doing the series in stop-motion was a bold (and probably costly) move.
- Edutainment Game: Who here remembers the PC games that were released in the early 2000s?
- Edutainment Show: What were you expecting from a show made for toddlers?
- Merchandise-Driven: Yeah, all these just to sell little plastic figurines and related playsets.
- No Antagonist: Being a Slice of Life show that focuses on learning lessons in friendship and discovering the world around you, it's no surprise that there is no villain. This is a show for toddlers, after all.
- Slice of Life: Adventure and magical themes notwithstanding, another obligatory trope needed to achieve E/I certification - it is a show targeted at toddlers, after all.
- That Reminds Me of a Song
- Title Theme Tune: From the 2016 series:Our secret is imagination / No one needs an invitation / Little People, big sensation /We can do anything together!note
- Two Girls to a Team: Inverted. Sarah Lynn, Sonya Lee, and Maggie are the three girls while Eddie and Michael are the only boys. In the 2013 reboot and the 2016 series, Mia, Sofie, and Tessa are the three girls while Eddie and Koby are the two boys.
- Black Bead Eyes: All of the characters, but most noticeable with Sonya Lee.
- Christmas Episode: The video "Christmas Discoveries" has 5 shorts dealing with Christmas.
- Credits Gag: The closing credits screens include amusing headings such as "The Big People Who Like to Tell People What to Do" for the screen listing the directors, "The Big People Who REALLY Tell People What to Do" for the production company and producers, and "The Big People Who Like to Think They are VERY IMPORTANT" for the executive producers.
- Crying Wolf: Using a monkey who tells a tale about a flying elephant instead.
- Diegetic Soundtrack Usage: In "About Music," a clown named Smiley played a triumphant, brassy version of the theme tune.
- Early-Installment Weirdness:
- The title cards of the first two videos are just a black background with text. Later episodes would change it with a picture of the main character in a round border, the narrator reads out the title and music plays.
- In the first three videos, Sarah Lynn is depicted as the depressed one of the group. They later change her to be the one to likes singing and dancing.
- Off-Model: The claymation models of the characters have a visible neck compared to the toys and cartoon-style illustrations found on most of the merchandise, where the characters have no visible neck at all. Although this normally isn't a problem and most people don't realize it until they start examining stills from the claymation show carefully.
- Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Michael and Eddie. Michael is more reserved and enjoys drawing and making art. Eddie is loud and loves to go fast and drive cars.
- Art Shift: The general style of the web episodes are cel-shaded 3D. However the TV series goes full CGI 3D.
- Blind Without 'Em: Sophie, as shown in one scene in the episode "Different Makes the Wool Go 'Round".
- Cel Shading: The animation style of the web episodes are clearly done in CGI 3D then cel-shaded to give it the cartoony look. Averted with the 2016 TV series.
- Cool Teacher: Miss Hugg. It's implied that her earrings are magical.
- Put on a Bus: Sonya Lee, Michael, Maggie, Sarah Lynn, and everyone else from the claymation series.
- Shout-Out: The opening scene in the pilot features a classic Little People toy.