Little Robots

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Little Robots
Opening themeLittle Robots Theme
Ending themeLittle Robots (instrumental)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series5[1]
No. of episodes65[2]
Production
Running time10 minutes
Production company(s)Cosgrove Hall Films
Create TV & Film
DistributorBBC Studios
Release
Original networkCBeebies
Original release7 January 2003 (2003-01-07) –
20 April 2005 (2005-04-20)

Little Robots is a stop-motion animated children's TV series, produced by Cosgrove Hall Films for Create TV & Film and broadcast on CBeebies (the BBC's children's channel). The fiction series was based on the eponymous book by Mike Brownlow in 1999, published by Ragged Bears Publishing. It is distributed by BBC Studios to over 60 countries.

Cast and characters[edit]

Source):[3]

  • Tiny (voiced by Hayley Carmichael): The central character of the show. He is turquoise, has a pink antenna on top of his head, and a pink 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 is also the smallest of the Little Robots. He always has a positive view on things, and always tries to help his friends to live in peace and harmony together. Tiny is very mature for his age. Although what everyone doesn't know in the series that Tiny was mayor of the robot world despite being one of the younger Little Robots. And as the series continued he has taken part of other jobs like fixing robots. Putting his discy lift under inspection and even saving robots from the scrap.
  • Messy (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert, but vocal effects provided by Frank Welker): The robot dog of the Little Robots' world, he loves things dirty and messy. Scary teaches him tricks and makes shows with him, where he's known as "Messy the Wonderhound". It may be possible that a few of Messy's vocal effects may have been recycled from the character Bumpy Dog; from one of Cosgrove Hall's previous shows): Noddy's Toyland Adventures, which Hibbert also voiced characters in.
  • Sporty (voiced by Lenny Henry): The strongest and fittest of 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.
  • Stretchy (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert ): A very organized and efficient dark blue Little Robot. He's in charge of sorting the junk that comes from the chute on the junkyard. He's blue, tall and thin 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 (voiced by on one occasion, he accidentally tied a knot on his neck due to overwork)! He lives in the junkyard, inside an abandoned radiator.
  • Rusty (voiced by Morwenna Banks): A feminine and sensitive Little Robot who gets nervous at times. She has a red dress which is made of painted rusty metal and wears a funnel-like hat 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 from her funnel. She has a childish crush on Sporty.
  • Stripy (voiced by Martin Clunes): 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. He is the largest of the Little Robots.
  • Noisy (voiced by Su Pollard): A red 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.
  • Spotty (voiced by Emma Chambers): A round, heavy, yellow, Little Robot covered in coloured 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). In some episodes of the show she has a glassy front which means that there is a reflection of a studio member and camera throughout the series
  • Scary (voiced by Mike Hayley): A purple Little Robot with a black cape. Scary is a great actor with a Donald Sinden-esque voice and 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.
  • Flappy the Bat (voiced by Jimmy Hibbert): a character from the show who is Scary's bat.
  • The Sparky Twins (voiced by Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins): A debatably greenish blue Little Robot couple with different coloured belly buttons. The twins are almost identical, are full of energy, love dancing, and doing practical jokes on other robots. Sparky One has a pink 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! They live in a pair of speakers by an old record turntable. The Sparky Twins often hang out with Tiny (thinking that he might be their favourite Little Robot).
  • Other characters are the Robo-Birds (who are also voiced by Jimmy Hibbert), who often play important roles on the show.

Voice cast (United States dub)[edit]

Crew[edit]

  • 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

Development[edit]

The series was originally in-development by Lego Media, a subsidiary of The Lego Group that produced Video Games and TV shows based on Lego products and properties.[4] which rebranded to Create TV and Film in 2003.[5]

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (2003)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1 (1)"The Sound of Music"7 January 2003 (2003-01-07)
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 (2)"The Hiccalots"14 January 2003 (2003-01-14)
Sporty bumps into Noisy who gets a bad case of robotic hiccups. Everyone tries different ways to cure her.
3 (3)"A Friend for Teddy"21 January 2003 (2003-01-21)
Rusty is embarrassed when she discovers Spotty's secret affection for her pink fluffy slippers.
4 (4)"Robot Race Day"28 January 2003 (2003-01-28)
The Robots hold a sports day.
5 (5)"Knock Knock"4 February 2003 (2003-02-04)
Sporty 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 (6)"Spotty's Clean Machine"11 February 2003 (2003-02-11)
Wanting to get all their stuff clean, Spotty tries out Stretchy's new cleaning machine, but it goes out of control.
7 (7)"One Hundred"18 February 2003 (2003-02-18)
When their artificial moon breaks, Tiny enlists the help of the other robots to make a new one.
8 (8)"Stretchy in a Twist"25 February 2003 (2003-02-25)
Trying to do too many things at once, Stretchy gets his neck stuck in a knot.Tiny and Rusty try to help.
9 (9)"Stripy on the Ball"4 March 2003 (2003-03-04)
Stripy makes a new ball, but the Sparky Twins steal it.They get trapped and the other robots rescue them.
10 (10)"Scary Scary"11 March 2003 (2003-03-11)
Scary has been trying to frighten the little robots, but is unsuccessful until he accidentally gets covered in his magnetic props.
11 (11)"Hole in the Sky"18 March 2003 (2003-03-18)
Rusty is terrified on finding a hole in the sky above her home.
12 (12)"Noisy's New Song"25 March 2003 (2003-03-25)
The hatch in Stretchy's junkyard is jammed, no-one can unstick it and Noisy has a new song.
13 (13)"A Bit of Give and Take"1 April 2003 (2003-04-01)
Tiny needs some help with the Nut and Bolt Tree.

Series 2 (2003)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1 (14)"Barking Mad"3 October 2003 (2003-10-03)
Messy barks all night at a nonexistent cat, keeping Stretchy awake and ending up losing his bark.
2 (15)"Tiny Who?"10 October 2003 (2003-10-10)
Spotty offers the Sparky Twins an opportunity for mischief when Tiny's memory banks are damaged.
3 (16)"The Big Bounce"17 October 2003 (2003-10-17)
Rusty is looking forward to her bouncing lesson with Sporty, but Spotty rushes in and takes her place.
4 (17)"Reach for the Sky"24 October 2003 (2003-10-24)
Sporty envies the Robobirds' ability to fly, and Stretchy has a spot of bother with some magnets.
5 (18)"Spotty Rules"31 October 2003 (2003-10-31)
Spotty decides that the Little Robots should be in her club and follow her commands.
6 (19)"Not a Drum Was Heard"7 November 2003 (2003-11-07)
Spotty cannot bear the din when Noisy practises on his drums and sneaks the drum away.
7 (20)"Spotty's Big Idea"14 November 2003 (2003-11-14)
Spotty decides she wants to be an artist and builds a huge sculpture from junk. But when she tries to add the finishing touch, her creation collapses. Tiny suggests she builds something small instead.
8 (21)"Seeing Double"21 November 2003 (2003-11-21)
Tiny builds a replica of himself to keep the Robobirds away from Stripy's plants.
9 (22)"The Box of Shocks"28 November 2003 (2003-11-28)
Noisy is very taken with a box that comes down Stretchy's chute, but the other Little Robots think it could be something dangerous.
10 (23)"By Myself"5 December 2003 (2003-12-05)
Stripy wants to go fishing on his own, but the other Little Robots want to come along.
11 (24)"Sweet Dreams Scary"12 December 2003 (2003-12-12)
Scary is so tired, he falls asleep in the middle of one of his magic tricks. Tiny and Noisy vow to help.
12 (25)"United"19 December 2003 (2003-12-19)
Stripy needs to borrow some oil from Tiny, but how can he do it without spoiling Tiny's surprise present?
13 (26)"Spotlight on Stretchy"26 December 2003 (2003-12-26)
Stretchy takes it to heart when the Sparky Twins tell him that he's no fun, and makes a fool of himself in a desperate attempt to change their minds.

Series 3 (2004)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1 (27)"Where's Teddy?"17 May 2004 (2004-05-17)
Sporty has invented 'botball' which entails kicking a tin can as hard as he can and shouting 'goal!' Stripy doesn't notice the tin can landing on Teddy and panics, thinking his little friend has gone missing. The Little Robots search everywhere but in the end it's Messy who finds him - squashed inside the can.
2 (28)"Red Alert"18 May 2004 (2004-05-18)
An intruder has broken into the Little Robot world, but it is only Stretchy's latest invention.
3 (29)"The Waker-Upper"19 May 2004 (2004-05-19)
Tiny oversleeps and doesn't turn the day on, so Stretchy makes him a waker-upper machine.
4 (30)"Too Speedy Sporty"20 May 2004 (2004-05-20)
Sporty is just too fast and causes havoc with his high speeds.
5 (31)"Bump in the Night"21 May 2004 (2004-05-21)
The Sparky Twins ask Scary if they can borrow Flappy to be in their new show.
6 (32)"The Wind Machine"24 May 2004 (2004-05-24)
Tiny makes a wind machine so that Scary's bunting will flutter.
7 (33)"The Odd Couple"25 May 2004 (2004-05-25)
Noisy stays with Stripy while his house is being fixed after an accident.
8 (34)"Good Sport Sporty"26 May 2004 (2004-05-26)
Sporty finishes his chores first, but ends up snowed under when everyone asks him for help finishing theirs.
9 {35)"Metal Makes Us Special"27 May 2004 (2004-05-27)
The Robots celebrate what they are made of with a procession of floats.
10 (36)"Look Out Spotty"28 May 2004 (2004-05-28)
Spotty becomes obsessed with health and safety concerns.
11 (37)"Down Tools Tiny"31 May 2004 (2004-05-31)
Tiny feels unappreciated, so he decides to let the others sort out their own problems.
12 (38)"Screw Loose Spotty"1 June 2004 (2004-06-01)
When Spotty takes a tumble, she loosens a screw and goes into demolition mode.
13 (39)"Who Did That?"2 June 2004 (2004-06-02)
The Sparkies find a box of bits that they turn into vehicles with joysticks.

Series 4 (2004)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1 (40)"Teddy's Big Day Out"1 November 2004 (2004-11-01)
Tiny doesn't want to worry Stripy by telling him his bear is missing.
2 (41)"Under the Stars"2 November 2004 (2004-11-02)
Spotty persuades Rusty to head off into the Wasteland with her to sleep out under the stars.
3 (42)"Fly Me to the Moon"3 November 2004 (2004-11-03)
Scary decides he wants to be more like Flappy the Bat, so tries to fly to the moon.
4 (43)"Stripy's Dancing Flowers"4 November 2004 (2004-11-04)
The Sparky Twins are up to their usual tricks, causing mayhem and chaos.
5 (44)"Noisy Knows Noise"5 November 2004 (2004-11-05)
Messy hits his head and all of a sudden starts to moo, baa and miaow instead of barking. Meanwhile, Noisy challenges Scary to come up with a noise she doesn't know though she warns him she knows every noise there is.
6 (45)"The Show Must Go On"8 November 2004 (2004-11-08)
Scary wants to put on a show and goes on a search for a glamorous assistant.
7 (46)"On Balance"9 November 2004 (2004-11-09)
Tiny's metal measurer is used as a seesaw by the Sparky twins, much to Spotty's distress.
8 (47)"Wheels are Fun"10 November 2004 (2004-11-10)
Tiny's new invention causes much excitement amongst the Little Robots.
9 (48)"Small Shiny Metal Things"11 November 2004 (2004-11-11)
Rusty's collection of small shiny metal things is disappearing piece by piece.
10 (49)"Swings and Roundabouts"12 November 2004 (2004-11-12)
Scary wants the other little robots to entertain him for a change.
11 (50)"Amazing Scary"15 November 2004 (2004-11-15)
Scary builds a maze and the Little Robots can't wait to have a go at exploring it.
12 (51)"Repeat After Me"16 November 2004 (2004-11-16)
Stripy speeds up but the others decide he was better being slow.
13 (52)"Sparkle Day"17 November 2004 (2004-11-17)
It's Sparkle Day - a special event. Everyone loves it except Rusty, who is too shy to sparkle.

Series 5 (2005)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1 (53)"Sporty the Hero"4 April 2005 (2005-04-04)
Rusty gives Sporty a medal, saying he is her hero. Sporty would like to be a hero but isn't sure how.
2 (54)"Stretchy's Yard Guard"5 April 2005 (2005-04-05)
Stretchy's good intentions backfire when his yard guard turns on him.
3 (55)"The Bedtime Badbot"6 April 2005 (2005-04-06)
Two robots dress up as electronic bogeyman the Bedtime Badbot, after Scary tells them about it.
4 (56)"Not Just Junk"7 April 2005 (2005-04-07)
Stretchy gives away all his junk. Unsurprisingly, he then misses it.
5 (57)"Sporty Makes a Mess"8 April 2005 (2005-04-08)
Sporty overdoes things and makes a real mess.
6 (58)"Nut and Bolt Cracker Suite"11 April 2005 (2005-04-11)
Spotty gets a bad case of stage fright.
7 (59)"Sparkies' Big Night Out"12 April 2005 (2005-04-12)
The Sparky twins have a great plan to make up for all the mischief they have caused.
8 (60)"Tunnel Trouble"13 April 2005 (2005-04-13)
The Sparky twins are up to their usual tricks.
9 (61)"Beautiful and New"14 April 2005 (2005-04-14)
Noisy is having a trouble finding a new noise.
10 (62)"Stargazing"15 April 2005 (2005-04-15)
Tiny loves stargazing and decides he would rather have longer nights and shorter days.
11 (63)"Water Water Everywhere"18 April 2005 (2005-04-18)
Water comes through the roof of Little Robot world and the Little Robots escape in an ark.
12 (64)"Scaredy Bot Goes Boing"19 April 2005 (2005-04-19)
Scary wants to frighten some Little Robots with his new ride. Tiny pretends to be scared.
13 (65)"Tingaling Thing"20 April 2005 (2005-04-20)
It is Robofest time, so the robots get their dancing shoes on.

Release[edit]

BBC Worldwide distributes the series, and licensed it in over 60 countries. In the U.S., Little Robots was part of Cartoon Network's Tickle-U programming block and premiered 2 years after it aired in the UK, in 2005, the Cartoon Network version used American voice actors and was released on DVD by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. It is also aired on TVOKids in Ontario, Canada and used the original UK dub, 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 (TVOntario, 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), Japan (NHK and Disney Junior).[6] The series has also aired in several other countries such as Australia (ABC, ABC Kids, ABC1 and ABC2), New Zealand (TV2), Ireland (RTÉ2, where it aired as part of its children's television strand The Den), The Bahamas (ZNS-TV), Hong Kong (ATV World), Poland (CBeebies), Greece (NERIT), Middle East and North Africa (Spacetoon and Basmah).

Duplo[edit]

In 2003−04 a number of construction toy sets based on the TV series were released by Lego Explore. In this theme were introduced new elements, including pieces for character minifigures. Each of the sets consist only one minifigure, except "7439 Stretchy's Junk Yard" (Stretchy, Sporty) and "7441 Tiny & Friends" (Tiny, Stretchy, and exclusive minifigures of Noisy and Messy). Also were made character plush toys. Most of the sets had limited release and were available only for online shopping in countries where the TV series was screened.[7]

  • 7435 Tiny's Day and Night Lever
  • 7436 Sporty's Jumping Gym
  • 7437 Gardening with Stripy
  • 7439 Stretchy's Junk Yard
  • 7441 Tiny & Friends
  • 7442 Tiny's Lift Cart
  • 7443 Stretchy's Junk Cart
  • 7444 Sporty's Gym Cart
  • 7445 Stripy's Flower Cart
  • 7446 Tiny
  • 7449 Sporty
  • 7450 Stretchy
  • 7455 Little Robots Tiny Plush
  • 7456 Little Robots Messy Plush
  • 7457 Little Robots Scary Plush
  • 7458 Little Robots Stripy Plush
  • 7459 Little Robots Tiny Plush Mini
  • 7460 Little Robots Messy Plush Mini
  • 7461 Little Robots Scary Plush Mini
  • 7462 Little Robots Stripy Plush Mini
  • 7495 Sporty's Skate Park
  • 7496 Stretchy at Work

International Broadcast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.mikebrownlow.com/little-robots-tv-series
  2. ^ https://www.mikebrownlow.com/little-robots-tv-series
  3. ^ "Little Robots rocks!" says Lenny Henry, BBC press release, 31 December 2002. Retrieved on 26 September 2007.
  4. ^ https://www.mikebrownlow.com/little-robots-tv-series?lightbox=dataItem-iyyegbeg1
  5. ^ http://www.animationmagazine.net/tv/new-identity-for-lego-media/
  6. ^ Little Robots make it big in Japan , BBC Worldwide press release, 31 March 2004. Retrieved on 26 September 2007.
  7. ^ "Little Robots". brickset.com. Retrieved 21 August 2017.

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