The Wee Littles is a highly original animation series for pre-school children about the world of small creatures of the forest floor, under the “regular” human first sight. The world of the story is unique, inspired by County Clare’s flora and fauna, and is inhabited by a friendly family, which creates a very cute, cozy atmosphere. The show follows the adventures of a tiny family, living, loving, and sharing in great big world.
The stories are about how they handle being very small in a big world using their own inventive flair, and how they overcome life’s little obstacles by using their imagination, positive support, and always humor.
Young audience relate to the characters because, like them, they too are very small living in a great big adult world.
The preschool series (46 x 5′ minute episodes) is for children ages 4 to 6 but is enjoyed by the whole family! It has been airing on RTÉ Junior since November 2022, both in English and Irish and is very popular with young viewers.
The style of the show is created using mixed media, including 2D/3D, and stop motion.
The series development was funded by both Screen Ireland and Creative Europe. With their support, Magpie 6 Media, based in the EASI Studios in Ennis, were able to explore an innovative animation method they have dubbed, “SimStop”. The process keeps the charm of traditional stop motion, maintaining it within today’s tight budgets. The result is a wonderful blend of traditional appeal and a unique look with a contemporary flare.
With support from Creative Ireland the studio is now realising a working prototype for the “Geo-Located AR Door App”. The Apps progress will be chronicled and tested as it’s developed on Magpie 6 Media’s popular social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and The Wee Littles’ Website).
The goal is to have a Wee Littles version of a Faery Door that can be geo-located via a phone/tablet app and once located, it will provide the user a virtual token to collect and
view an augmented reality animated clip of the Wee Littles.