Little Ellen
Little Ellen logo.jpg
GenreComedy
Created byKevin A. Leman II
Jennifer Skelly
Voices ofLaurel Emory
Johanna Colón
JeCobi Swain
June Squibb
Theme music composerJason Blackman
ComposerDara Taylor
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes40 (20 unaired)
Production
Executive producersEllen DeGeneres
Kevin A. Leman II
Sam Register
ProducersJason Blackman
Elizabeth Seidman
Running time11 minutes
Production companiesEllen Digital Ventures
Warner Bros. Animation
Release
Original networkHBO Max
Original 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; it is the first Warner Bros. Animation produced series created for Warner Bros. Discovery's streaming service HBO Max under the Cartoonito brand on September 13, 2021.[1] The series central character is a seven-year-old Ellen DeGeneres.[2][3] The second season was released on March 3, 2022.[4] A third season was completed and slated to premiere in June 2022 before encountering delays.[5] The series was canceled in August 2022 leaving the third season and a completed fourth season unreleased.[6] However, the series was removed from HBO Max's streaming library on August 18, 2022.

The series is the first series aimed at a preschool audience from Warner Bros. Animation since Firehouse Tales.

Animation services are provided by Lighthouse Studios.

Plot

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

Cast

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 [7]
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 her 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 her.
55"Oldie But a Goodie"Ruolin LiJason BlackmanSeptember 13, 2021 (2021-09-13)
Ellen, Freckle, and Becky 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 while she's not the best hider, she is the best finder.
99"Happy Elloween"Sarah JohnsonJason BlackmanOctober 14, 2021 (2021-10-14)
When Ellen moves hide-and-seek into Gramsy's huge walk-in closet, Becky discovers that while she's not the best hider, she is the best finder.
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 [7]
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.[8]

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.

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".
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ a b "Little Ellen". The Futon Critic. Archived from the original on March 7, 2022. Retrieved September 12, 2021.
  8. ^ "Ytv, Teletoon, and Treehouse Deliver Non-Stop Fun This Fall". Archived from the original on 2021-09-13. Retrieved 2021-09-13.