When I was child, there was this animated show called “The Littles,” that I loved, about a family of miniature mouse-like creatures living in the attic of a house owned by the Bigg family. It may have been because of that show that I always had a huge heart for mice who found their way into my house — some would say I still do. It’s not that I would’ve let them live freely in my kitchen, but let’s just say I’d rather use a humane trap to get them out of the house, than the snap, crackle, pop type.
Now, it wasn’t until later that I realized the show was based on a series of children’s books, first published in the late 1960s, written by American author John Peterson. All I knew when I watched the show each week was that I had a fascination for little things — and for adorable, miniature rodents (in the case of the show) — and I couldn’t get enough.
This weekend marks the first time, since the 80s, that I am truly interested in seeing a bunch of little “things” run around a big house of adventure.
Similar to one of my favorite childhood shows, “The Secret World of Arrietty,” is based on a series of children’s books called “The Borrowers.” Though some might say the author of “The Littles” found inspiration in “The Borrowers,” as the latter series was published 15 years prior by English author Mary Norton.
In this new Disney animated film, the tiny Clock family, led (in many ways) by 14-year-old Arrietty (voiced by Bridget Mendler), find themselves in trouble when Arrietty meets, and befriends one of the “big people,” a 12-year-old boy named Shawn (voiced by David Henry). But when Arrietty’s mom (voiced by Amy Poehler) goes missing, taken by the homeowner’s housemaid (voiced by Carol Burnett), Shawn will help her find her mother and learn about the real meaning of friendship.