Little Critter is a children’s series by Mercer Mayer that has sold over 200 million books worldwide. The story focuses on a character that appears as a type of rodent (type still undefined) and his experiences of growing up. The first book, Just for You, was published in 1975. Themes from Little Critter include a new baby, messy room, first day of school, going to the doctor, and nightmares.
“Little Critter is an extraordinary brand. There are very few book-based series as well loved, and with such a long history of success. Mercer Mayer has developed an incredible world, built around endearing characters and relatable stories,”said Vince Commisso, President & CEO for 9 Story Media Group.
The series still resonates with people, because Little Critter forms a connection. Through Mercer Mayer’s books, children have found understanding and friendship with a beloved fictional character. The books teach kids they aren’t the only ones who feel that way. They’re not the only ones who get in a bad mood or feel left out after a new baby. The love fans have for the books is a reason why 9 Story Media Group is set to produce a cartoon based on characters from Critterville. The new show is being shopped to broadcasting networks worldwide with 40 half-hours planned.
“With their capabilities across CG and 2D animation, commitment to quality storytelling and long-standing track record in international distribution, 9 Story has the passion and know-how to make a Little Critter series a hit show around the world,” said Stuart Snyder who negotiated the deal.
The new cartoon will feature a diverse cast of characters centered on a neighborhood. Growing up and neighborhood adventures will be the main focus. The new show will also promote social-emotional learning.
“Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions,” As defined by Casel.
It is currently unknown whether the show will follow the stories of the books or feature new stories.
As a child, I was raised on a farm, so I gravitated to stories that involved animals. Little Critter books were a series that helped me see animals from an emotional perspective. They may not be personified like Mercer Mayer makes them, but they still protect, get scared, and get mad. Little Critter helps show this connection by putting these fictional animals into human situations.
How were you able to connect with this series? What stories do you want to see in the new cartoon?
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