Little Ellen
GenreComedy
Created byKevin A. Leman II
Jennifer Skelly
Voices ofLaurel Emory
Johanna Colon
JeCobi Swain
June Squibb
Theme music composerJason Blackman and Jason Nesmith
ComposerDara Taylor
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4 (2 unaired)
No. of episodes40 (20 unaired)
Production
Executive producersEllen DeGeneres
Kevin A. Leman II
Sam Register
Jennifer Skelly
ProducersJason Blackman
Elizabeth Seidman
Running time11 minutes
Production companiesEllen Digital Ventures
Warner Bros. Animation
Original release
NetworkHBO Max
ReleaseSeptember 13, 2021 (2021-09-13) –
March 3, 2022 (2022-03-03)

Little Ellen is an American preschool animated television series produced by Ellen Digital Ventures and Warner Bros. Animation, with animation produced by Lighthouse Studios. This is the first Warner Bros. Animation produced series created for Warner Bros. Discovery's streaming service HBO Max under the Cartoonito brand and also the first preschoolers-focused series which is not from a popular franchise produced by Warner Bros. Animation since Firehouse Tales.[1]

Little Ellen centers on a seven-year-old Ellen DeGeneres(Dakota Fanning) as she goes on adventures with cousin Becky and their music-focused friend Freckle.[2][3] The second season was released on March 3, 2022.[4] A completed third season was going to premiere in June 2022, but it was pulled due to occurring delays; the series was eventually cancelled after its second season two months later, leaving the third and fourth seasons unaired.[5]

Plot

The show explores the world through the eyes of Ellen DeGeneres as a child.

Characters

Episodes

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
First releasedLast released
110September 13, 2021 (2021-09-13)October 14, 2021 (2021-10-14)
210March 3, 2022 (2022-03-03)

Season 1 (2021)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [6]
11"Best Laid Plans"Sarah JohnsonJason BlackmanSeptember 13, 2021 (2021-09-13)
Ellen, Becky and Freckle's plans for a perfect day end up going wrong when Gramsy misplaces the car keys.
22"Cheer Up, Charlie Cat"Sarah JohnsonKevin A. Leman IISeptember 13, 2021 (2021-09-13)
After Ellen tries to cheer up her cat, Charlie, she learns that even though she won't always be able to make her friends feel better, she can still be there when times get hard.
33"Don't Rain on My Parade"Sarah JohnsonIsabel GalupoSeptember 13, 2021 (2021-09-13)
When a storm threatens to cancel Freckle's first parade, Ellen tries to convince the Storm King to stop raining.
44"Little Helen"Sean PetrilakKendall Michele HaneySeptember 13, 2021 (2021-09-13)
Ellen worries that Becky and Freckle will have more fun with the next-door neighbour's granddaughter, Helen, than with herself.
55"Oldie But a Goodie"Ruolin LiJason BlackmanSeptember 13, 2021 (2021-09-13)
Ellen, Becky and Freckle decide to dress like grown-ups in an attempt to get into Gramsy's game night.
66"A Great Gift for Gramsy"Sean PetrilakJason BlackmanSeptember 13, 2021 (2021-09-13)
Ellen and Becky find themselves struggling to find the perfect gift for Gramsy on Grandparents Appreciation Day.
77"Fine Feathered Friends"Erik KnutsonKevin A. Leman II & Jennifer SkellySeptember 13, 2021 (2021-09-13)
After struggling to help a lonely macaw make a friend at the aviary, Ellen realizes that she made a new friend herself.
88"Becky's Big Problem"Sean PetrilakJason BlackmanSeptember 13, 2021 (2021-09-13)
When Ellen moves hide-and-seek into Gramsy's huge walk-in closet, Becky discovers that, though she isn't the best hider, she still continues being the best finder.
99"Happy Elloween"Sarah JohnsonJason BlackmanOctober 14, 2021 (2021-10-14)
After deciding they're old enough to go trick-or-treating without a grown-up, Ellen, Freckle and Becky must overcome their fears when Halloween turns out to be spookier than they expected.
1010"NOLA Confidential"Sean PetrilakIsabel GalupoOctober 14, 2021 (2021-10-14)
When the garden they planted for Gramsy is mysteriously destroyed, Ellen, Freckle and Becky play detective to find the culprit.

Season 2 (2022)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [6]
111"Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler"Sarah JohnsonJennifer SkellyMarch 3, 2022 (2022-03-03)
122"Freckle the Magnificent"Sean PetrilakKendall Michele HaneyMarch 3, 2022 (2022-03-03)
133"Bored Games"Roulin LiJason BlackmanMarch 3, 2022 (2022-03-03)
144"A Room of One's Own"Sarah JohnsonIsabel GalupoMarch 3, 2022 (2022-03-03)
155"Gramsy and the Beast"Ruolin LiKendall Michele HaneyMarch 3, 2022 (2022-03-03)
166"A Fairytale Ending"Sarah JohnsonIsabel GalupoMarch 3, 2022 (2022-03-03)
177"Express Yourself"Sean PetrilakKendall Michele HaneyMarch 3, 2022 (2022-03-03)
188"The Tooth Will Set You Free"Ruolin Li & Cal RamseyIsabel GalupoMarch 3, 2022 (2022-03-03)
199"Roughin' It"Sarah JohnsonJennifer SkellyMarch 3, 2022 (2022-03-03)
2010"Tallulah Ties the Knot"Sean PetrilakIsabel GalupoMarch 3, 2022 (2022-03-03)

International broadcast

In Canada, the series premiered on Treehouse TV and StackTV on October 1, 2021.[7] The series premiered on Cartoonito in Latin America on December 1, 2021, as part of its launch. The series premiered on Boomerang in Portugal on June 20, 2022, as part of its Cartoonito block. The series was going to premiere on Cartoonito in the UK and Ireland on July 4, 2022, but it was pulled before it aired.

Cancellation

On August 3, 2022, the series was canceled leaving the third season and a completed fourth season unreleased.[8] The series was removed from HBO Max's streaming library on August 18, 2022.

References

  1. ^ "Cartoonito Pre-K Block Debuts Sept. 13 on HBO Max & Cartoon Network". 16 August 2021. Archived from the original on 7 March 2022. Retrieved 16 August 2021.
  2. ^ "'Little Ellen' Animated Show in the Works at Warner Bros". Animation Magazine. Archived from the original on June 13, 2019. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (September 27, 2019). "HBO Max Orders Ellen DeGeneres' 'Ellen's Home Design Challenge', 'Little Ellen' & 'First Dates Hotel' Series". Deadline. Archived from the original on April 17, 2021. Retrieved March 18, 2021.
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  5. ^ "This June Stream "Westworld," "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore," "Father of the Bride," "The Janes" and More on HBO Max". 23 May 2022.
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  7. ^ "Ytv, Teletoon, and Treehouse Deliver Non-Stop Fun This Fall". Archived from the original on 2021-09-13. Retrieved 2021-09-13.
  8. ^ White, Peter (August 3, 2022). "'Little Ellen' Scrapped At HBO Max Ahead Of Season 3 Premiere As Questions Surround Future Of Streamer's Animation Strategy". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved August 3, 2022.