Seven Little Monsters (TV series)

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Maurice Sendak's Seven Little Monsters
GenreChildren's show
Fantasy
Comedy
Created byMaurice Sendak
Directed byNeil Affleck
Lynn Reist
Glenn Sylvestor
Voices ofJoanne Vannicola
Colin Mochrie
Dwayne Hill
Seán Cullen
Michele Scarabelli
Debra McGrath
Opening theme"Seven Little Monsters" by Barenaked Ladies
Country of originCanada
China
Philippines
Original language(s)English
Spanish
Chinese
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes54
Production
Running time26 minutes
Production company(s)Wild Things Productions
Nelvana Limited
Hong Ying Animation
Philippine Animation Studio Inc.
Release
Original networkPBS Kids
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 30, 2000 (2000-09-30) –
January 30, 2004 (2004-01-30)

Maurice Sendak's Seven Little Monsters, or 7 Little Monsters, is a Canadian-Chinese-Philippine children's television program about a family of seven monsters and their mother. The series, based on the book by the same name, was created by Maurice Sendak and directed by Neil Affleck, Lynn Reist, and Glenn Sylvestor. Each monster is named after a different number from one to seven, and each has unique physical characteristics. The series was aired on PBS Kids stations, most notably WNET, as part of the PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch from 2000–2002, and made an individual PBS debut in the same year along with George Shrinks and The Berenstain Bears, and was shown from 2003–2007 on YTV. The series was produced by Wild Things Productions (uncredited), Nelvana, Suzhou Hong Ying Animation Corporation Limited and Philippine Animation Studio Inc. (PASI Animation) from 2000–2002, in association with Treehouse TV and PBS Kids. The 54-episode series debuted in 2000 and aired its final episode in 2004 and reruns until 2004.

The theme song was performed by the Canadian band, Barenaked Ladies.

Characters[edit]

  • One (Joanne Vannicola): The oldest, One has wings and is a natural athlete. She is a tomboy, and somewhat of a tattletale, often getting her siblings into trouble but still cares very much for them. She is the only monster who flies.
  • Two (Colin Mochrie): The most helpful of the monsters, Two has a prominent nose which he often "sticks in where it doesn't belong". In the second episode, "Good Night!", before Two and his family move to Centerville, he is very troublesome when he leads everyone into a forest full of fairy tales that almost causes them to lose their way home thanks to getting into "Snow White" and "Goldilocks & The Three Bears".
  • Three (Dwayne Hill): The most dramatic monster, Three takes on a new voice and personality in every episode which can often lead to trouble with his brothers and sisters. The only times his normal voice and personality is used are in the episodes "Good Night!", in a storybook, "Are You My Family?", the beginning of "All's Quiet on the Monster Front", and for a few portions of "And Baby Makes Eight". His normal voice is also heard very briefly in "Ahoy, Me Monsters!" when he opens up a letter. His normal personality can also be seen at the end of "Please Mr. Postman", although his normal voice is not heard. His normal personality also is seen in the opening sequence as well as at the end of "Good Morning!".
  • Four (Seán Cullen): The middle child who is the epitome of rambunctious angst in his family, he is often seen with his brother Five. Despite his grumpy personality, he deeply loves Five. He often would ask what is Three's new personality for the day and sometimes groans when peeved.
  • Five (Seán Cullen): The most childlike of the monsters, he speaks very few words and has a thick speech impediment when he does. Five has a voracious appetite and loves his brothers and sisters very much. Sometimes his silly antics annoy Four. He has an enormous tongue which he can control in various ways. He would usually say sorry for every mistake he makes.
  • Six (Michele Scarabelli): The resident ballerina of the group, Six thinks she is the most beautiful of the monsters. Unlike her sister One, she has more feminine interests. She wears a purple tutu and holds a star wand. She speaks with a Queens accent.
  • Seven (Seán Cullen): The youngest and tallest member of the family. Seven has the ability to unscrew his head. Despite his frightening appearance, he is the most gentle and timid monster and is afraid of bugs. He also loves cheese, and he always asks for the definition of any vocabulary he has never heard before and speaks in a voice similar to English actor Boris Karloff.
  • Mom (Debra McGrath): The mother of the seven monsters, she is a kindly, babushka-wearing witch. She is about half the size of her children and speaks with a Polish accent, often with poor sentence structure.
  • Mary (Tara Strong (uncredited)): The monsters' hippie neighbor and good friend. She is the leader of a club called the Purple Pixies, which consists of other club members: Wendy (the only one who talks beside Mary), Angela, and Kate, who dislikes Six, and, always has a gloomy angry look.
  • Sam: Five's pet turtle.
  • Belinda: The monster family's pet cow.
  • Freddie: Mary's pet dog.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2000)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
11"Good Morning!"September 30, 2000 (2000-09-30)
The seven monsters are sent by Mom to buy some milk. However, this results in chaos when Six falls asleep on the bus and when Seven loses his head.
22"Good Night!"October 7, 2000 (2000-10-07)
The seven monsters have a hard time getting some sleep, so Mom tells them a bedtime story.
33"The Mystery of the Missing Five"October 14, 2000 (2000-10-14)
Five goes around town to prove he's a good boy after Four hurt his feelings. Three goes detective to help the others find him.
44"Seven Monsters and a Baby"October 21, 2000 (2000-10-21)
The seven monsters take charge of chores in the house so Mama can have a restful nap. This gets complicated when they have to babysit Mrs. Mulligan's baby.
55"Are You My Family?"October 28, 2000 (2000-10-28)
Upset by One's hurtful remarks, Six goes away to find a new family. Meanwhile, the other monsters are in disarray without Six to help them prepare for Mother's Day.
66"Please Mr. Postman"November 4, 2000 (2000-11-04)
Two misses a trip to the park to wait for an important package. The monsters also need their picture taken, except that Seven's head is missing.
77"Doctor, Doctor!"November 11, 2000 (2000-11-11)
Two catches a cold, so the other monsters try to help him get better so he can come with them to the movies.
88"Along Came Mary"November 18, 2000 (2000-11-18)
Mary has moved in next door. The monsters compete to be her best friend, until she tells them are equally groovy.
99"A Monster's Best Friend"November 25, 2000 (2000-11-25)
The monsters bring home a puppy as a pet. They learn to train and love the puppy and win back Belinda's affections.
1010"Spooky"December 2, 2000 (2000-12-02)
The power goes out during a thunderstorm and the monsters are scared.
1111"Plooky"December 9, 2000 (2000-12-09)
When Mom wins a video camera, Four becomes a movie director and he orders the rest of the monsters to make a video with him.
1212"Fair Play"December 16, 2000 (2000-12-16)
Seven teaches all the monsters to work as a team to win the big soccer game.
1313"Lost and Found"December 23, 2000 (2000-12-23)
When Five finds a wallet with money at the park, the monsters find out that it's not their money. They learn that honesty is the best policy.

Season 2 (2001–02)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
141"Losing Sam"November 3, 2001 (2001-11-03)
Five wins a pet turtle called Sam. But when Sam goes missing, Five and the other monsters must cooperate with Sam's track.
152"Out of Sight"November 10, 2001 (2001-11-10)
One can't see properly so the monsters go to the optometrist to help her educate and see properly.
163"All the Marbles"November 17, 2001 (2001-11-17)
When Seven sees a Monster Marbles toy on TV, he is fascinated with them and when the Monsters buy a birthday present for Mary, Seven buys the marbles.
174"The Whole Tooth"November 24, 2001 (2001-11-24)
Six is losing a baby tooth and she has to learn what loose teeth are.
185"My Fair One"December 1, 2001 (2001-12-01)
One plays baseball with Billy and Six must help One become a baseball player.
196"Splitting Hairs"December 8, 2001 (2001-12-08)
Two is lacking in confidence prior to appearing as a contestant on his favorite game show.
207"Elephant!"December 15, 2001 (2001-12-15)
Four meets an elephant named Wendy. When Four and Wendy come home from the zoo, Four learns that animals need friends.
218"A Day at the Firehouse"December 22, 2001 (2001-12-22)
The monsters visit Chief Lubomir to learn about fire safety.
229"Runaway Mom"December 29, 2001 (2001-12-29)
After Mom was angry at her monsters for building a hot air balloon made out of pieces of the house and sent them to their room, the monsters think that Mom ran away.
2310"You are What You Eat"January 5, 2002 (2002-01-05)
The County Fair is approaching and everyone is excited about the contest.
2411"April Fools"January 12, 2002 (2002-01-12)
The monsters write a play and despite everyone's input, but Five and Four want comedy. They annoy the other monsters with practical jokes until they teach them a lesson.
2512"It's a Wonder-Four Life"January 19, 2002 (2002-01-19)
Four's wishes he was an only child but he is surprised that he learns that his wish comes true.
2613"The Adventures of Super Three"January 26, 2002 (2002-01-26)
The monsters pretend that they are the superheroes and villains in this world and make a mess in the basement rather than cleaning.

Season 3 (2003)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
271"Voyage To the Bottom Of the Cereal Box"January 6, 2003 (2003-01-06)
282"Bang! Zoom! To The Moon"January 7, 2003 (2003-01-07)
293"All's Quiet on the Monster Front"January 8, 2003 (2003-01-08)
304"Guys and Dolls"January 9, 2003 (2003-01-09)
315"Drip, Drip, Drip!"January 10, 2003 (2003-01-10)
326"Ahoy, Me Monsters"January 13, 2003 (2003-01-13)
337"Ear Spy"January 14, 2003 (2003-01-14)
348"High Noon"January 15, 2003 (2003-01-15)
359"I'm Telling"January 16, 2003 (2003-01-16)
3610"Nightmare on Chestnut Street"January 17, 2003 (2003-01-17)
3711"No Place like Home"January 20, 2003 (2003-01-20)
3812"Dinner for Breakfast"January 21, 2003 (2003-01-21)
3913"A Pony Tale"January 22, 2003 (2003-01-22)
4014"My Favorite Crustacean"January 23, 2003 (2003-01-23)

Season 4 (2003)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleOriginal air date
411"Pennies for Seven"January 24, 2003 (2003-01-24)
422"The Nose Knows"January 27, 2003 (2003-01-27)
433"Gone But Not Four-Gotten"January 28, 2003 (2003-01-28)
444"The Winning Streak"January 29, 2003 (2003-01-29)
455"A Clean Sweep"January 30, 2003 (2003-01-30)
466"The Two Who Cried Ouch!"January 31, 2003 (2003-01-31)
477"The Monster Trash"February 3, 2003 (2003-02-03)
488"The Bad Hop"February 4, 2003 (2003-02-04)
499"A Five-y Tale"February 5, 2003 (2003-02-05)
5010"The Big Store"February 6, 2003 (2003-02-06)
5111"These Are Our Lives!"October 1, 2003 (2003-10-01)
5212"The Bad Word"October 2, 2003 (2003-10-02)
5313"Don't Pass Go"October 3, 2003 (2003-10-03)
5414"And Baby Makes Eight"October 6, 2003 (2003-10-06)
Three masquerades as a baby to get the attention he wants, but then realizes this means missing out on the meteor shower tonight.

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