|Created by||Johnny Belt|
|Written by||Alan Katz|
|Directed by||Robert Scull|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||3 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Johnny Belt|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Lil' Whoop Productions, Inc.|
Shot in the Dark Productions
Nick Jr. Productions
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||January 18 –|
June 7, 2004
Whoopi's Littleburg is an American musical children's television series originally airing on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. It was created by Johnny Belt and Robert Scull, the latter of whom co-directed the show along with Tim Hill. The show uses a blend of puppetry and live-action characters.
The series focuses on a four-year-old piglet named Spencer, who has recently moved to the town of Littleburg. Young children and puppets make up the majority of the population and hold the community's jobs, and very few adult characters are seen. The only major adult characters are Spencer's mother and Mayor Whoopi Goldberg, whose behavior resembles that of a preschool teacher. The setting was modeled after a nursery school classroom. Multiple original songs are woven into each story, normally in conjunction with the episode's moral. Whoopi Goldberg, Dr. John, and Guy Davis composed the theme music.
- Spencer (voiced by Sean Curley and performed by Josh Gustin) - A light-pink pig and the newest Littleburg citizen.
- Mayor Whoopi (played by Whoopi Goldberg) - Spencer's tour guide around Littleburg, and the only human character in the series
- TJ (performed by Sofie Zamchick) - A cheerful cat who is Spencer's closest friend.
- Mrs. Peg Piggle (performed by Mary Birdsong) - Spencer's mother, who teaches him about the town through song.
- Peggy Piggle - Spencer's younger sister.
- The Sun (voiced by Dr. John) - An anthropomorphic Sun puppet seen above Littleburg.
- Phil - A horse with a love of painting. He is dressed in a tie.
- Dave - A chicken who is almost always seen with his favorite food, pretzels.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||3||January 18, 2004||June 7, 2004|
The series lasted for only one season, consisting of three specials. A pilot episode was also produced.
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|Spencer, a piglet, moves to a town inhabited by preschoolers. "Welcome to Littleburg" uses a similar plotline.|
Season 1 (2004)
|No.||Title||Original air date|
|1||"Welcome to Littleburg"||January 18, 2004|
|Spencer attempts to make new friends.|
|2||"Tah-Dah! Day"||March 19, 2004|
|Spencer worries that he has no talent to demonstrate at Littleburg's Tah-Dah! Day celebration, so his friends must help him find it.|
|3||"But I Still Like You"||June 7, 2004|
|Spencer and TJ forget the importance of friendship after arguing and deciding to not speak to each other, so Mayor Whoopi and Spencer's mother must help them understand that, even though friends and family members get mad at each other sometimes, that doesn't mean they won't love each other anymore.|
Whoopi's Littleburg was first announced at Nickelodeon's upfront presentation on March 24, 2003. In June, it joined the channel's 2004–05 programming slate. It was advertised as a series of specials. Episodes were aired sporadically throughout 2004, with reruns shown once weekly. During its run, VITAC representatives deemed Littleburg "educational enough" to receive free closed captioning and subtitling. In 2006, the series' soundtrack was released to Nick Jr. Radio, a webcasting station featuring songs from preschool-oriented programs.
The series received positive reviews from critics, many of which praised its music and appeal towards multiple age groups. The Hollywood Reporter's Marilyn Moss stated that Whoopi's Littleburg was "a lively and educational adventure into a friendly television space" and that the series was "likely to attract a wide audience." Writing for The New York Times, Kathryn Shattuck called the series a "saga of empowerment" and dubbed the series' songs "fanciful." Lynne Heffley of the Los Angeles Times praised the show's music, saying that it "is a standout component, woven deftly throughout." In his review for The Christian Science Monitor, M.S. Mason noted that "this amusing, sweet-natured show for tiny tots will earn kudos from parents as well. Whoopi Goldberg has a wonderful ability to make kids giggle with the aid of puppets." Jacqueline Cutler of the Hays Daily News lauded Goldberg's performance in particular and felt that "Goldberg emanates no-nonsense warmth. When she talks to the puppets, she neither camps it up or talks down, and that even approach makes the show work."
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