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Oh, Luuuuuuuuluuuuuuuuuu. [harp plays]
—Little Lulu Theme Song
Created by Marjorie Henderson Buell, Little Lulu is a comic strip series from the magazine publication "The Saturday Evening Post" which began in the 1930s. The series follows the titular Lulu Moppet and her various exploits. The supporting cast includes "Tubby" Thomas Tompkins, her friend and sometimes tormentor; Alvin Jones, a neighborhood Bratty Half-Pint; Annie Inch, Lulu's best friend, and George and Martha Moppet, Lulu's parents.
The character had been adapted into theatrical shorts by Famous Studios in the 1940s. She has also appeared in some television cartoons in addition to two live-action specials in the 1970s, Little Lulu and The Big Hex of Little Lulu, with Lauri Hendler playing Lulu. In 1976, a 26-episode anime adaptation titled Little Lulu and Her Little Friends was created. The Little Lulu Show, an American animated series, aired from 1995 to 1999 on HBO with a total of 52 episodes.
Famous Studios Filmography
- Eggs Don't Bounce (1943)
- Hullaba-Lulu (1944)
- Lulu Gets the Birdie (1944)
- Lulu in Hollywood (1944)
- Lucky Lulu (1944)
- It's Nifty to Be Thrifty (1944)
- I'm Just Curious (1944)
- Lulu's Indoor Outing (1944)
- Lulu at the Zoo (1944)
- Lulu's Birthday Party (1944)
- Magica-Lulu (1945)
- Beau Ties (1945)
- Daffydilly Daddy (1945)
- Snap Happy (1945)
- Man's Pest Friend (1945)
- Bargain Counter Attack (1946)
- Bored of Education (1946)
- Chick and Double Chick (1946)
- Musica-Lulu (1946)
- A Scout with the Gout (1947)
- Loose in a Caboose (1947)
- Cad and Caddy (1947)
- A Bout with a Trout (1947)
- Super Lulu (1947)
- The Baby Sitter (1947)
- The Dog Show-Off (1948)
- Alvin's Solo Flight (1961)
- Frog's Legs (1961)
- Afraid of Needles: In an episode of the 1990s Little Lulu, a Badass Biker has been trying to summon the courage to get a tattoo. Near the end of the episode, he observes kids and their mothers coming out of the tattoo parlor with (painted-on) tattoos and nearly collapses on his bike with shame.
- All Just a Dream: In the cartoon "Musica-Lulu", Lulu sneaks out to play baseball instead of practicing her violin, and when knocked out by a foul ball, she wakes up in a land of musical instruments, who arrest, try and imprison her for her misdeed. When she breaks out of the jail, she is chased and terrorized by the musical instruments. It turns out to be a dream.
- Black Bead Eyes
- Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: In the 1990s cartoon, Gloria, Lulu and her mother.
- Cross Dresser: In "The Little Lulu Show" episode "Mimibur", Wilbur wants new clothes after he got his clothes torn off by a bear. Lulu helps by giving him girls clothes and a blonde wig.
- Dream Sequence: A number of the classic Little Lulu cartoons from the 1940s contain dream sequences, such as this one.
- Fat Best Friend: Tubby.
- Girls Have Cooties: Invoked sometimes by the boys.
- Gossipy Hens: Martha Moppet, Lulu's Mom, shows this.
- Go to Your Room: Lulu's father gives her this command in "Super Lulu".
- Her Codename Was Mary Sue: Almost everytime Lulu tells Alvin a story, a poor little girl who resembles Lulu appears.
- Hey, It's That Voice!: Tracey Ullman, star of several sketch comedy programs and voice of the Emily Winthrop character in The Simpsons episode "Bart's Dog Gets an F", plays the role of Lulu in the 1990s HBO series The Little Lulu Show. Also from the 90's show, Tubby is voiced by the same voice actor who played Greens the Frog from the animated TV show Mumble Bumble.
- In Name Only: Brazil apparently has made an Animesque Little Lulu spin-off of sorts where the characters in question are teens. The core characters of the cast seem to have been changed as well. Teen!Lulu is apparently the leader of a clique composed of Tubby, who has been slimmed down and left his violin for a guitar with which he leads a rock band (in which his buddy Iggy plays drums - Willy and Eddy having been Put on a Bus); Annie, the gang's geek and a video game freak; Gloria, the fashion expert (whose characterization took an 180-degree turn from Alpha Bitch to Spoiled Sweet), and Alvin, who has become a skateboarder and surfer.
- It's even implied, in the first story arc, that this Lulu's grandma is the original Lulu from the 1940s.
- Innocent Panties: Commonly with Little Lulu with her dress being so short.
- Kangaroo Court: "Musica-Lulu" features this trope in Lulu's dream in which she is tried by a courtroom by musical instruments.
- Kid Detective: Tubby himself; nicknamed "The Spider".
- The Moving Experience: The Trope Namer is a Little Lulu cartoon that had this premise.
- Parachute Petticoat: In "Bargain Counter Attack", this occurs with Little Lulu after she jumps out of a toy plane. Her mini-dress blows up to her waist as she uses an umbrella to land safely.
- Princess Curls: Lulu herself has curls on the sides of her head.
- I See London: Relatively common with Tubby and the other boys in Little Lulu.
- Spank the Cutie: Offscreen, Tubby experiences this in "Bored of Education" after he attempts to give an apple, which he stole from Lulu's desk, to the teacher and Lulu herself substitutes a frog.
- Silence, You Fool: "Musica-Lulu" has one from the Judge:
Lulu: He's a liar, awful liar!
- Snowball Fight: Often occurs in Little Lulu. In most of these, the boys (led by Tubby), attack the girls (led by Lulu) unprovoked, and the girls exact revenge by outwitting the boys.
- Writing Lines: Lulu's punishment at the end of "A Bout with the Trout".