|A Little Curious|
|Created by||Steve Oakes|
|Written by||Carin Greenberg Baker|
Frederick J. Stroppel
|Directed by||Steve Oakes|
|Voices of||Cameron Bowen|
|Theme music composer||Manhattan Transfer|
|Opening theme||I'm A Little Curious" performed by Manhattan Transfer|
|Ending theme||I'm A Little Curious" (instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||43|
|Executive producers||Sheila Nevins|
|Running time||24 minutes|
|Production company||Curious Pictures|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||February 1, 1999 –|
May 1, 2000
A Little Curious is a 1999-2000 American children's animated television series that aired on HBO Family. The show, produced by Curious Pictures and HBO, was aimed at preschoolers. It was one of the cornerstone programs for the relaunch of the HBO Family channel in February 1999.
The 24-minute episodes are essentially anthologies of shorts centered on a common, easily digested topic such as "Up and Down" or "Slippery". While each short draws from the same pool of characters, they are produced in a variety of animation techniques. Animation styles include stop-motion, clay animation, traditional 3-D and 2-D cel animation, and 3-D CGI, along with live-action segments mostly narrated by Bob the Ball. Some of the shorts are designed to fit more than one topic, and are re-used in different episodes.
The "pool" of characters, generally based on everyday objects, include:
The characters appear to be designed to evoke a sense of familiarity in preschoolers. For instance, young children can see aspects of their own personalities in Bob and Little Cup, observe the family dynamic among the Shoe Family, and perhaps most obviously, see a bit of their grandparents in Doris the door.