Littlest Pet Shop (animation)

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This 1995 Animated Show is based on the pre-existing toy line, but goes in its own direction.

In a City with No Name, a kindly eccentric named Elwood P. Harvey runs a pet shop that features miniature animals called the Littlest Pets. Unknown to Elwood, the tiny pets have their own society and experience lots of misadventures. This especially applies to the five main characters:

  • Stu: A blue dog who's a well-meaning, lovable bumbler.
  • Chloe: A sarcastic purple cat who's been reincarnated many times since she first lived in Ancient Egypt.
  • Viv: A musically-inclined pink rabbit who sings, dances, plays various instruments, and speaks with an adorable British accent. Her songs are accompanied by a backing band who live inside her top hat.
  • Chet: A macho yellow horse who talks and acts like a traditional Cowboy.
  • Squeaks: A banana-loving brown monkey. His main role is helping the other characters, and he communicates with sounds instead of speech, not unlike Zipper from Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.

If the description makes Littlest Pet Shop sound like a innocuous show for toddlers, you're in for a pleasant surprise. The series isn't modeled after Care Bears, but Tiny Toon Adventures and Animaniacs; it's full of witty dialogue, slapstick humor, pop culture parodies, and even some occasional satire. Much of the series' humor will go over the heads of the small children that it was presumably intended for, and maybe that's why it didn't get the ratings it deserved; it simply wasn't the show that anyone expected it to be.

Despite its flaws (most notably cheap animation and wimpy music), Littlest Pet Shop is definitely a series that Needs More Love. It hasn't even gotten much attention from the Furry Fandom that you would expect to embrace it; fan art of the characters, wholesome or otherwise, is surprisingly rare.

Tropes used in Littlest Pet Shop (animation) include: