Little Robots is a stop-motion animated children's TV series, produced by Cosgrove Hall Films for Create TV and Film Limited and broadcast on CBeebies (the BBC's children's channel). The fiction series was based on the eponymous book by Mike Brownlow, published by Ragged Bears Publishing. It is distributed by BBC Worldwide to over 60 countries.
Franc Vose, Producer
Bridget Appleby, Art Director
Vanessa Chapman, Executive Producer
Michael Carrington, Executive Producer
Theresa Plummer-Andrews, Executive Producer
Bob Heatlie, Composer
Hilary Baverstock, Script Editor
Mellie Buse, Writer
Jimmy Hibbert, Writer
Neil Arksey, Writer
(In order they were mentioned in the opening)
- Tiny - The central character of the show. He is blue, has a red antenna on top of his head, and a red button on his belly which opens the lid of his head, uncovering a couple of tools which he uses for fixing machines and robots. He is also responsible for pulling the Day-Night lever at the right times. Tiny lives on the Nut And Bolt Tree, right next to the Day-Night lever. He always has a positive view on things, and always tries to help his friends to live in peace and harmony together. Voiced by Hayley Carmichael.
- Messy (Scruffy) - The robot dog of the Little Robots' world, he loves things dirty and messy. Scary teaches h im tricks and makes shows with him, where he's known as "Messy, the Wonderhound". His vocal effects are provided by Frank Welker.
- Sporty - The strongest and fittest of all the Little Robots, he's constantly running, playing games and sports, and never gets tired of making himself stronger and fitter. Sporty has his own, private gym with a trampoline and a conveyor belt. Voiced by Lenny Henry.
- Stretchy (Skinny) - A very organized and efficient Little Robot, he's in charge of sorting the junk that comes from the chute on the junkyard. He's blue and tall, and has a long, flexible neck. Though his main worry is to keep the junkyard organized so his friends can use, his workaholism and obsession for organisation sometimes causes problems - on one occasion, he accidentally tied a knot on his neck due to overwork. He lives in the junkyard, inside an abandoned radiator. Voiced by Jimmy Hibbert.
- Rusty - A feminine and sensitive Little Robot, she has a red dress made with rusty metal, and wears a funnel on top of her head. She lives in an old, rusty bucket, and she constantly has new ideas on how to improve and decorate it. She's very impulsive and accidentally prone, though, and tense situations or anything that causes her to get overexcited can make her overheat and release puffs of steam. She also has a notable, childish crush on Sporty. Voiced by Morwenna Banks.
- Stripy - A big Little Robot made with colored stripes of metal, he's practically the complete opposite of Sporty: moves and talks slowly, but he's a deep and introspective thinker, also a specialist in flowers and storytelling. His best friend is Teddy, his metallic teddy bear, and his favourite activities are taking care of his garden, telling stories to his friends and playing games that require little agility and lots of skill. Voiced by Martin Clunes.
- Noisy - A Little Robot who speaks loudly, has a trumpet for a nose, plays instruments, writes and sings songs, and loves whatever kind of noise she can produce. Her house is an old drum, with a xylophone-themed entryway. Her passion for loud music and noise can often be bothersome for her friends, but she's also a great entertainer. Her laughter is unforgettable, too. Voiced by Su Pollard. Pbs Kids Sprout
- Spotty - A round, yellow, Little Robot covered in colored spots, wears specs, and can retract all her limbs and roll around like a ball for fast locomotion. She has a strong personality, likes rules and orders, and tends to give orders to her friends (often causing conflicts with her friends). Her dream is to be an artist. Voiced by Emma Chambers.
- Scary - A purple Little Robot with a black cape. Scary is a great actor with a Donald Sinden-esque voice, likes to scare his friends (though he's often not successful) and stage shows to entertain his friends. He has his own stage, which is also his house. Voiced by Mike Hayley.
- The Sparky Twins - A debatably greenish blue Little Robot couple with different colored bellies. The twins are almost identical twins who are full of energy, love dancing and doing practical jokes on other robots. Sparky One has a red spot on her belly and Sparky Two has a yellow spot on her belly. They are able to communicate over distances by exchanging electrical rays through the antennae on their heads, and their catch phrase is Gimmie Three, Sparkee! when they high-five. They live in a pair of speakers by an old record turntable. Voiced by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins.
Other characters are Flappy the Bat, and the Robo-Birds (all voiced by Frank Welker), who often play important roles on the show.
1. The Sound of Music
First broadcast: 7 January 2003
Production Code: LAQC525T
Convinced by Tiny that it'll be impossible play five instruments all by herself, Noisy decides to form a band, but Sporty is horrified to discover that Noisy wants him to be the singer.
2. The Hiccalots
First broadcast: 14 January 2003
Production Code: LAQC520Y
Sporty bumps into Noisy who gets a bad case of robotic hiccups. Everyone tries different ways to cure her.
3. A Friend for Teddy
First broadcast: 21 January 2003
Production Code: LAQC521S
Rusty is embarrassed when she discovers Spotty's secret affection for her pink fluffy slippers.
4. Robot Race Day
First broadcast: 28 January 2003
Production Code: LAQC522L
The Little Robots hold a sports day.
5. Knock Knock
First broadcast: 4 February 2003
Production Code: LAQC524A
Spotty and Scary keep getting confused about which home belongs to which of the Sparky twins. Upset that they are always being mistaken for each other the twins decide to put shiny things on their doors to identify which is which.
6. Spotty's Clean Machine
First broadcast: 11 February 2003
Production Code: LAQC519E
Wanting to get all their stuff clean, Spotty tries out Stretchy's new cleaning machine, but it goes out of control.
Writer: Jimmy Hibbert
7. One Hundred
First broadcast: 18 February 2003 Production Code: LAQC523F
When their artificial moon breaks, Tiny enlists the help of the other robots to make a new one.
Writer: Jimmy Hibbert
8. Stretchy in a Twist
First broadcast: 25 February 2003
Production Code: LAQC526N
Trying to do too many things at once, Stretchy gets his neck stuck in a knot.Tiny and Rusty try to help.
Writer: Neil Arksey
9. Stripy on the Ball
First broadcast: 4 March 2003
Production Code: LAQC527H
Stripy makes a new ball, but the Sparky Twins steal it.They get trapped and the other robots rescue them.
10. Scary Scary
First broadcast: 11 March 2003
Production Code: LAQC528B
Scary has been trying to frighten the little robots, but is unsuccessful until he accidentally gets covered in his magnetic props.
11. Hole in the Sky
First broadcast: 18 March 2003
Production Code: LAQC529W
Rusty is terrified on finding a hole in the sky above her home.
12. Noisy's New Song
First broadcast: 25 March 2003
Production Code: LAQC531J
The hatch in Stretchy's junkyard is jammed, no-one can unstick it and Noisy has a new song.
13. A Bit of Give and Take
First broadcast: 1 April 2003
Production Code: LAQC530P
Tiny needs some help with the Nut and Bolt Tree.
BBC Worldwide distributes the series, and licensed it in over 60 countries. In the U.S., Little Robots is part of Cartoon Network's Tickle-U programming block and debuted in 2005. It is also aired on TVOKids in Ontario, Canada, on Okto in Singapore, and on Nick Jr. in Australia (formerly for a short time on Nickelodeon). The BBC website lists further customers: Germany (ZDF and KiKa), Canada (SCN and The Knowledge Network), Norway (NRK), Finland (YLE), Denmark (TV2), Iceland (RUV), Italy (RAI 3), Portugal (RTP), Malta (MEBC), Russia (RTR Kultura) and South Africa (SABC), Mexico (Discovery Kids), Slovenia (TV Slovenia), Poland (CBeebies).
- 4195 Tiny's House
- 4196 Sporty's Sport Room
- 4197 Stretchy's Room
- "Little Robots rocks!" says Lenny Henry, BBC press release, 31 December 2002. Retrieved on 26 September 2007.
- Little Robots make it big in Japan , BBC Worldwide press release, 31 March 2004. Retrieved on 26 September 2007.