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"The story all begins in the town of Littleton
Polly came across a locket that she keeps inside her pocket..."

Polly Pocket is a Canadian-American animated TV series based on the 2018 rebrand of the Polly Pocket toy franchise. The first two episodes premiered on Family Channel in Canada on July 1, 2018, and the rest of the first season continued on August 4.

Polly Pocket follows the adventures of Polly Pocket, a clever and curious inventor who inherits (and fixes) a magic locket from her Grandma that allows her to shrink 4 inches tall. She embraces her pocket-sized powers and finds the upside of shrinking can open up new adventures for her with her best friends Lila and Shani, all while keeping her locket abilities hidden.

Meanwhile, 60-year-old woman Griselle Grande, along with her dimwitted granddaughter and sidekick Gwen, attempt to steal the locket from Polly to conquer the town of Littleton by shrinking its citizens and trapping them in a model city called "Grandeville" (It's about as weird as it sounds really), and it's up to Polly and her friends to stop her.


The two-part series premiere, labeled as "Polly Pocket Movie: Tiny Power", premiered on Universal Kids exactly one year later in the US on July 1, 2019, and concluded on September 19, 2019. The whole series is available on Hulu as of 2019, and the official Polly Pocket YouTube channel has uploaded nearly all the episodes for free. It has been released on DVD in the UK and Ireland, Italy, France and Germany, but nowhere else.

The show is currently in the second season and, unlike the first, is split into two side-by-side segments like most other animated shows. The show has moved to Netflix starting in season 2, and has also been renewed for season 3.


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  • Aborted Arc: The final scene of the S1 finale has the Grandes once again vow revenge on Polly and Grunwalda gain superpowers from Pockite; this has never been acknowledged once in the second season.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Lila is a Significant Green-Eyed Redhead.
  • Adapted Out: Apart from Polly, Lila, and Shani, none of the Loads and Loads of Characters from the previous toyline/series have made it in.
  • Animesque: The art style, due to their large eyes, small mouths, etc.
  • All-Loving Hero: Polly herself, as she's always trying to fix other people's problems out of kindness. She doesn't even expect a thanks or earn credit for it, she's just doing it out of being nice.
  • Alliterative Name:
    • The titular character Polly Pocket, her younger brother Paxton Pocket, her older brother Pierce Pocket, her grandmother Penelope Pocket, her great grandmother tenth removed Prudence Pocket...
    • There's also Griselle Grande and her granddaughter Gwen Grande.
  • Ambidextrous Sprite: The characters' hairstyles become mirrored depending on the direction they look.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Many of the animals on the show are significantly smarter than their real world counterparts. Including ants.
  • Big Bad: Griselle Grande, the series' main villain.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Polly is blonde, Shani is brunette, and Lila is the redhead.
  • Brainy Brunette: Shani fits this to a T.
  • By the Power of Grayskull!: Whenever Polly needs to shrink, she shouts "Tiny power!", and "Go big" in order to go back to normal.
  • Catchphrase: "Tiny power!"
  • Cliffhanger: The Season 1 finale "Unlocketing the Past" ends on a huge cliffhanger where not only the Grandes once again swear revenge on the Pockets, but Grunwalda is revealed to gain superpowers from the Pockite.
  • The Chosen One: Polly was chosen by her grandmother to be the one to possess shrinking powers. This is also passed down to the Pocket family (her dad didn't inherit it due to the locket being broken).
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Despite being the main villains of Season 1, the Grandes aren’t seen or even mentioned in Season 2.
  • Conspiracy Theorist: Nicholas, who believes in such things as aliens, ghosts, and mythical creatures. Shani also slips into this sometimes, but only within the first few episodes.
  • Cool Car: Polly's modified RC car.
  • Cranky Neighbor: Mr. Q, who simply despises Polly for often times bringing her tiny adventures onto his house's porch. Though this doesn't discourage Polly from working to ensure he's not miserable or sad.
  • The Cutie: Polly falls into this because of the empathy and sweetness she has for others, combined with a penchant for making inventions and the cheesy puns she makes.
  • Dance Battler: Though it's yet to be demonstrated in the show proper, Capoeira is apparently one of Polly's hobbies, if her mother's comments in episode 10 are to be believed.
  • Diabolical Dog Catcher: The dog catcher in "Dog-Gone Disaster". He tries to round up and lock up every dog he sees, regardless if they have collars or not.
  • The Ditz: Lila has her moments.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The catchphrase for Polly to shrink in episode 1 is "Pocket Time". In later episodes it is changed to "Tiny Power". Justified as In-Universe she asks her Grandma if she can change it to "Tiny power."
  • Family Theme Naming: The names of Polly’s relatives all start with P.
  • Fantasy Sequence: The series opens up on one involving Polly driving in a canyon with her jeep, only to reveal that she was just pretending to drive the family car while parked in the driveway.
  • Fiery Redhead: Downplayed with Lila, who tends to be the most confident of the main three.
  • Genki Girl: Lila displays a large amount of energy and spunk whenever she gets passionate about something she loves, particularly with fashion. She can also show some Motor Mouth tendencies.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: In "The Con Job" Griselle takes Gwen to a comic convention after promising her one day they wouldn't try to go after Polly's locket, unaware that Polly and her friends are also there. Gwen notices them, but keeps Griselle from finding out so her day won't be ruined. Griselle isn't happy when she later reads the news and finds out Polly was there.
  • Grossout Show: The show can get pretty yucky at points, since being tiny means they can run into things like mold or run into undesirable areas like Pierce room which is filled with rotted food and stinky socks. Lila, being the tomboy of the group, likewise isn't opposed to unsanitary actions like like some candy off of Polly's shoes in one ep.
  • Growling Gut: Polly gets this near the end of "Socially Awkward" when Lila mentions about the doughnuts Shani couldn't stop eating.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: Invoked by Shani in "Socially Awkward", where she pretends to have hiccups in order to hide a shrunken Polly and Nicolas from the principal.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Polly has a magical locket that shrinks her and people who hold her hands.
  • It's All About Me: Griselle is so obsessed with the locket that she actually calls it "[her] locket" several times, in spite of the fact it belongs to Polly's family.
  • Kid Hero: Polly is a young girl, and is The Hero.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Any character who isn't Lila, Shani, Paxton, Nicholas and Grandma Penelope, and to a lesser extent the Grandes, to the Pocket Locket's power. Mom and Dad's website bio states the reason they're unaware is that they're always busy.
  • Lovable Nerd: Shani is a bit nerdy and socially awkward, yet she's also very lovable and is such a geek for science fiction.
  • MacGuffin: The Pocket Locket. Numerous villains want to use its power for their own evil purposes, Grizelle in particular. Which is why Polly has to keep the locket's powers a secret from everyone to avoid having them use it for its power.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Gwen usually goes along with her grandmother's schemes without question, but her lack of intelligence means she's not much use to her.
  • Multinational Team: English-American Polly (Pia, her cousin in 2 Cool, is from England), black Shani, Scottish-American Lila, and in season 2, Polish-American Bella.
  • Named by the Adaptation: In this series, Lila receives the surname "Draper". Shani also gets the surname "Smith".
  • Nice Girl: Polly tries to get along with everybody. She doesn't even harbor any personal feelings against her arch-enemy Griselle, she just wants to get away from her and stop her plans of ruling the world using the locket.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!:
    • Half the time, Griselle's efforts to capture Polly and her locket are ruined by Gwen.
    • Although Polly deserves credit too, Griselle helped Ms. Mentz's back recuperate by knocking her onto the floor giving her the perfect landing needed to straighten back her spine.
  • Noodle Implements: In "Gwen the Great" Gwen starts to suggest a plan that involves her using her hot dog suit to pretend to be a hot dog, but Griselle interrupts before she can explain the rest.
  • Parental Abandonment: Gwen lives with her grandmother and her parents are never seen or mentioned.
  • Pet the Dog: Griselle Grande to her granddaughter Gwen.
    • In the Season 1 episode "Gwen the Great", when Gwen was in the same dance troupe as Polly, Lila and Shani, Gwen tried to steal the locket for herself, chasing the shrunken trio across the stage, ultimately ending with her getting praise from the audience and Griselle, who all thought she was doing an abstract dance. Considering how obsessed Griselle is with getting the locket and how annoyed she can be with Gwen, it nice to see her be proud of Gwen.
    • In the Season 1 episode "Unlocketing the Past: Part 1" Griselle allowed Gwen to get a pet rat at the the Resuce Farm Adopt-A-Thon, despite just failing to steal the locket.
  • Powers in the First Episode: Polly receives the locket and shrinks for the first time in the first episode.
  • Premiseville: The series is set in Littleton, where Polly, of course, uses a locket to make herself little.
  • Quarter Hour Short: Beginning with the second season, episodes are now two side-by-side segments.
  • Secret Identity: Polly has to keep her locket's abilities secret to her family, especially her parents.
  • Secret Keeper: The only ones who know about the power of Polly's locket are Lila, Shani, Paxton and her grandmother, and later Nicholas.
  • Sixth Ranger: Nicholas finds out about the locket's power in "A Night to Remember", and, after being sworn to secrecy, joins Polly and her friends on their adventures.
  • Smart Ball: Gwen occasionally picks this up, like in "The Con Job" when she sees through Polly and her friends pretending to be dolls.
  • Squee!: The girls do this with joy after hearing Melody's new single in "Tiny Power".
  • The Smart Guy: Shani is pretty intelligent, and is meant to balance Polly's personality.
  • ¡Three Amigos!: Polly, Lila, and Shani.
  • Through His Stomach: In "Dog-Gone Disaster", Polly finally gets Smidgen the dog to like her by feeding him some miniaturized steaks.
  • Town Girls: Skater chick/Science Whiz Polly (butch), shy, nerdy Shani (neither), and ditzy fashionista Lila (femme).
  • Transformation Trinket: Polly's magical locket allows her to shrink or go big at any time, and can shrink anyone who holds onto her hands.
  • True Companions: Polly and her friends will do anything to help each other out in times of need.
  • Ultimate Authority Mayor: The "A Night to Remember" two-parter invokes this at first; Griselle runs for mayor under a false identity, intending to use that authority to sign a decree that would force Polly to give her the locket, and ban dogs from public places (apparently, there is no city council to run such decisions by first). In the end, this is subverted, as the people of Littleton rise up against her, having her removed from office and arrested for her actions.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Griselle and Penelope were once best friends. Then Griselle saw Penelope using the locket, and became obsessed with it. After Penelope refused to sell Griselle the locket, Griselle tried to take it by force, resulting in both the locket and their friendship breaking.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: The exact location of Littleton is unknown.

"Keep it, rock it, Polly Pocket, you can do it all!"

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