Whoopi's Littleburg is a musical miniseries of three specials produced for Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. block. It was created by Johnny Belt and Robert Scull, the latter of whom co-directed the show along with Tim Hill. The show uses a blend of puppetry and live-action characters.
The miniseries focuses on a five-year-old piglet named Spencer, who has recently moved to the town of Littleburg. Young children and puppets make up the majority of the population and hold the community's jobs, and very few adult characters are seen. The only major adult characters are Spencer's mother and Mayor Whoopi Goldberg, whose behavior resembles that of a preschool teacher. The setting was modeled after a nursery school classroom. Multiple original songs are woven into each story, normally in conjunction with the episode's moral. Whoopi Goldberg, Dr. John, and Guy Davis composed the theme music.
- Spencer Piggle (voiced by Sean Curley and performed by Josh Gustin) - A light-pink pig and the newest Littleburg citizen. He is five years old.
- Mayor Whoopi (played by Whoopi Goldberg) - Spencer's tour guide around Littleburg, and the only major human character in the series.
- TJ/Tiger Jane (performed by Sofie Zamchick) - A light-purple cat who is Spencer's closest friend. She is six years old.
- Mrs. Peg Piggle (performed by Mary Birdsong) - Spencer's mother, who teaches him about the town through song.
- Peggy Piggle - Spencer's baby sister.
- The Sun (voiced by Dr. John) - An anthropomorphic Sun (who can set and become the Moon at night) seen above Littleburg.
- Phil - A horse with a love of painting. He is dressed in a necktie.
- Dave - A chicken who is almost always seen with his favorite food, pretzels.
- Gordy (performed by Timothy Doner)- A male bird that is green and yellow and learns new words. He is the town shouter. He is two years old.
Rosie Perez, Mary Testa, and Sandra Bernhard made guest appearances on the show.
Whoopi's Littleburg was first announced at Nickelodeon's upfront presentation on March 24, 2003. In June, it joined the channel's 2004–05 programming slate. It was advertised as a series of specials. Episodes were aired sporadically throughout 2004, with reruns shown once weekly. During its run, VITAC representatives deemed Littleburg "educational enough" to receive free closed captioning and subtitling. In 2006, the series' soundtrack was released to Nick Jr. Radio, a webcasting station featuring songs from preschool-oriented programs.
|Nick Jr. originals|
|1980s premieres||Pinwheel (reruns) • Eureeka's Castle|
|1990s premieres||Allegra's Window • Gullah Gullah Island • Blue's Clues • Binyah Binyah! • Little Bill|
|2000s premieres||Oobi (shorts) • Dora the Explorer • Oswald • Whoopi's Littleburg (specials) • Blue's Room • LazyTown • The Backyardigans • Go, Diego, Go! • Jack's Big Music Show • Wonder Pets! • The Upside Down Show • Ni Hao, Kai-Lan • The Fresh Beat Band|
|2010s premieres||Team Umizoomi • Bubble Guppies • Wallykazam! • Dora and Friends: Into the City! • Blaze and the Monster Machines • Fresh Beat Band of Spies • Shimmer and Shine • Nella the Princess Knight • Sunny Day • Zoofari • Butterbean's Café • Blue's Clues & You!|
|2020s premieres||Santiago of the Seas • Kinderwood • Baby Shark's Big Show! • Noggin Knows • The Tiny Chef Show|
|See also||List of Nick Jr. original programming|