|Created by||William Joyce|
|Written by||Ken Cuperus|
|Voices of||Tracey Moore|
Robbi Jay Thuet
|Country of origin|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||40|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original network||PBS (United States)|
|Picture format||480i (4:3 SDTV)|
|Original release||September 9, 2000 –|
January 23, 2003
George Shrinks is a Canadian–Chinese children's animated television series. It is based on the children's book by William Joyce, produced in China by Jade Animation and in Canada by Nelvana, in association with Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). It tells the story of a ten-year-old boy named George who, one night dreams that he is three inches tall, only to wake up and discover that it is true. The show details his adventures with his friends and family going through his adventures on his mini machines that George and his musical father have created.
The series started on September 9, 2000, on PBS Kids, and then aired as part of PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch. The Bookworm Bunch disbanded in 2004, but George Shrinks was given an individual PBS debut on January 6, 2003, along with The Berenstain Bears and Maurice Sendak's Seven Little Monsters.
George's tiny size turns mundane activities, such as working around the house or playing outside, into dramatic adventures. His primary mode of transportation is his Zoopercar, a multi-purpose miniature vehicle he built with his father that can do things like transform into a submarine or a helicopter. George often has interesting encounters with animals who, although they do not talk, seem to be able to communicate with George throughout the series. On one occasion, he encountered a robotic alien that was his own size and helped it get back home.
The show affects a retro-1950s look, with simple animation and colours. Primarily jazz is used for background music, reflecting both his father's occupation as a musician who tinkers with inventing new musical instruments and his mother's style as an avant-garde artist. However, statements made in the characters' dialogue imply that events take place in the present, or the year that the showing episode was produced and filmed.
- George Bernard Shrinks: George, 10, is the titular protagonist of the series, who wakes up from a dream to discover he is small; his golden plated baby shoes were extremely tiny seen in "Round Up the Usual Insects". Because of his small stature, George has had to invent his own adaptive devices, most notably the Zooper car (a small vehicle which George built with his father, and which can be automatically transformed into an airplane, a helicopter, or a submarine). Another invention is a system of pneumatic tubes, which George also uses for transportation. He is voiced by Tracey Moore.
- Harold Shrinks Jr. (referred to as "Junior" in the series): George's little brother, who often accompanies George in his adventures around the house. Junior is George's "sidekick" and "gofer", doing the tasks that are too difficult for George because of the latter's stature. However, his playfulness and his size sometimes lead to accidents, though Junior's sincere "Sowwy, George", always gets his brother to forgive him. He is voiced by Robbi Jay Thuet.
- Becky Lopez: Becky Lopez is George's best friend who lives next door. She and George go on many exploits and adventures. Becky is the captain for a Little League ice hockey team called, "The Storks", whose terribly bad-scoring drought was the focus of one of the later episodes. She is voiced by Bryn McAuley.
- "Mom" Perdita Shrinks: Mom is a freelance artist by trade who builds, sculpts and welds with a very abstract style. She is a member of the town's art committee and is into organic foods. Mom is also very supportive of the projects that the family and kids work on, and she enjoys helping out in the community. She also used to be a Radio City Rockette which George reveals his dad told him in "If It Ain't Broke" episode. She is voiced by Kathleen Laskey.
- "Dad" Harold Shrinks Sr.: Dad is a musician in a jazz band, and is constantly building and trying out new instruments (most of which resemble oversized and distorted tubas and saxophones) in the search for the "perfect sound". Dad is a bit eccentric, but still loves his family and is a good father. He is voiced by Paul O'Sullivan.
Other and one-time characters
- Aunt Eunice: Aunt Eunice is George and Junior's Great-Aunt (but whom the whole family calls 'aunt'), who sometimes serves them as their babysitter. The first time she watched the boys, she was very patronizing toward George, treating him as though his size were a handicap and "assisting" him. However Aunt Eunice's ways have changed when George fixes her prized plant, a Bonsai tree "Maurice", which seemingly been damaged beyond repair. In "Return to Sender", she expresses complete confidence in that George will handle himself just fine when he was mailed to various locations across the planet, and that he could mail himself back home safely. She has travelled around the world; as such, she knows a great deal about different places as well as people. The boy's mother, Perdita Shrinks, is Eunice's niece. She is voiced by Catherine Gallant.
- Sparkle Tangerine: A bright orange stray cat that roams George's neighbourhood, also the main antagonist. She often tries to eat George or anyone his size. A similar cat, though unnamed, appeared in the original book by William Joyce. Seen in Can We Keep Him?, Close Encounters of the Bird Kind, Zoopercar Caper, King Kongo, Journey to the Centre of the Garden, George-Lo-Phone, Small of the Wild, Hound of the Bath-ervilles, George Unshrinks, Becky in Wonderland, and The Lost World of George Shrinks.
- Russell Copeland: Russell is a kindhearted senior that used to live in George's house as a boy. He is also a retired veterinarian. He is voiced by Sean McCann.
- Ellen: Ellen is a kind-hearted girl next door with a Chinese nationality. Despite only appearing in three episodes, Ellen plays a major role in two of them. Ellen is a fan of old horror movies and enjoys playing harmless practical jokes. She has an older brother, Matt, who is an owner of an anole lizard named Ting-Ting (which, as Ellen describes, is literally Chinese for "Gracefully Graceful"). She is left-handed and a member of the Storks, Becky's hockey team, as a forward on the left wing. She is voiced by Lisa Yamanaka.
- Timmy and Jimmy Fortevoce: Timmy and Jimmy are identical twins, members of Becky's hockey team- Jimmy plays centre and Timmy plays defence. Despite appearing in just two episodes, they still play an important role as supporting members of the cast. In Italian, their last name literally means, "Loud Voice".
- Hilda and Henry: Hilda and Henry are two blond-haired, glasses wearing dizygotic fraternal twins/sororal twins. They say almost everything in unison and only appeared in two episodes. They enjoy playing tricks on one another, such as during a scary movies night at the Shrinks' residence. They are somewhat competitive but are good friends with George and Becky.
- Helga: Helga is the goaltender for the Storks, Becky's Little League hockey team. Coach Shrinks is the only episode she appears in, which she plays a major role. She usually wears glasses, except on the ice because the lenses fog up.
- Lizzy: Lizzy is right-wing forward for the Storks, Becky's Little League hockey team. She's skilled at turning on the spot because of her previous experience figure skating; she joined the hockey team because she thought it was kind of lonely and wanted to join the team. She only appears in the episode, Coach Shrinks.
- The Cadwells: The Cadwells appear only in the episode, Speed Shrinks. these kids are two twins similar to Hilda and Henry, but are somewhat villainous. They build a craft similar to the SR-71 Blackbird and use its special features to sabotage and unfairly halt the other racers in order to win. The boy is voiced by, Michael Cera and the girl is voiced by Annick Obonsawin.
- Skyler: Skyler is George and Junior's first cousin once removed. Seen only in Toy George. She is about the same age as Junior and has similar personalities to him. She attended the school play George was putting on, "Pinocchio".
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||September 9, 2000||December 2, 2000|
|2||13||September 8, 2001||December 1, 2001|
|3||14||January 6, 2003||January 23, 2003|
Season 1 (2000)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||1||"If It Ain't Broke"||Doug Thoms||Pete Sauder||September 9, 2000||101|
|2||2||"Can We Keep Him?"||Doug Thoms||Pete Sauder||September 16, 2000||102|
|3||3||"Close Encounters of the Bird Kind"||Doug Thoms||Richard Elliott and Simon Racioppa||September 23, 2000||103|
|4||4||"Ants in the Pantry"||Doug Thoms||Richard Elliott and Simon Racioppa||September 30, 2000||104|
|An army of ants threatens to attack the family's picnic and George tries to stop them by himself.|
|5||5||"Round Up the Usual Insects"||Doug Thoms||Terry Saltsman||October 7, 2000||105|
|The insects from George and Becky's science project escape.|
|6||6||"From Bad to Worse"||Doug Thoms||Richard Elliott and Simon Racioppa||October 14, 2000||106|
|When Aunt Eunice is left to babysit George and Junior, George sets out to prove he can do all the things a regular ten year old boy can do - but not without various mishaps.|
|7||7||"Sunken Treasures"||Doug Thoms||J.D. Smith||October 21, 2000||107|
George searches the pond for a toy that was lost 70 years ago.
|8||8||"Snowman's Land"||Doug Thoms||Richard Elliott and Simon Racioppa||October 28, 2000||108|
|After a huge snowfall, everyone is having fun but a disappointed Becky, who has the measles and won't be able to make her annual snowman from the first snowfall. George decides to make one for her, but risks being lost in a terrible blizzard.|
|9||9||"Zoopercar Caper"||Doug Thoms||Jennifer Pertsch||November 4, 2000||109|
After the Zoopercar goes missing, George tells the story of how he made it with his father.
|10||10||"Down the Drain"||Doug Thoms||Richard Elliott and Simon Racioppa||November 11, 2000||110|
|George must venture into the drain pipes to find a ring he was helping his father hide.|
|11||11||"A Day at the Beach"||Doug Thoms||Jennifer Pertsch||November 18, 2000||111|
|The Shrinks family spends the day at the beach.|
|12||12||"King Kongo"||Doug Thoms||Richard Elliott, Simon Racioppa, and J.D. Smith||November 25, 2000||112|
|13||13||"George vs. the Space Invaders"||Doug Thoms||J.D. Smith||December 2, 2000||113|
Season 2 (2001)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|14||1||"Ghost of Shrinks Manor"||Doug Thoms||Ken Cuperus||September 8, 2001||201|
|15||2||"Journey to the Centre of the Garden"||Doug Thoms||Richard Elliott and Simon Racioppa||September 15, 2001||202|
|16||3||"Dog Sitting Miss Daisy"||Doug Thoms||Jennifer Pertsch||September 22, 2001||203|
|17||4||"Return to Sender"||Doug Thoms||Dave Dias and Kim Thompson||September 29, 2001||204|
|George is inadvertently mailed around the world.|
|18||5||"The More Things Change"||Doug Thoms||Richard Elliott and Simon Racioppa||October 6, 2001||205|
|19||6||"George-Lo-Phone"||Doug Thoms||Ben Joseph||October 13, 2001||206|
|20||7||"Down on the Bayou"||Doug Thoms||Jennifer Pertsch||October 20, 2001||207|
|21||8||"Tankful of Trouble"||Doug Thoms||Matthew Cope||October 27, 2001||208|
|22||9||"All Along the Clock Tower"||Doug Thoms||Ken Cuperus||November 3, 2001||209|
|23||10||"Return of the Space Invaders"||Doug Thoms||Richard Elliott and Simon Racioppa||November 10, 2001||210|
|24||11||"Small of the Wild"||Brian Lee||Dave Dias||November 17, 2001||211|
|25||12||"Speed Shrinks"||Doug Thoms||Scott Kraft||November 24, 2001||212|
George races the Zoopercar in an R/C Race.
|26||13||"Hound of the Bath-ervilles"||Brian Lee||Ken Cuperus||December 1, 2001||213|
Season 3 (2003)
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|27||1||"On the Road"||Brian Lee||Jennifer Pertsch||January 6, 2003||301|
|28||2||"A Star is Shrunk"||Doug Thoms and Karen Lessmann||Scott Kraft||January 7, 2003||302|
|The Shrinks family helps make a movie that is filming in their town.|
|29||3||"George Unshrinks"||Brian Lee||Ken Cuperus||January 8, 2003||303|
|30||4||"Monster Mash"||Doug Thoms and Karen Lessmann||Jennifer Pertsch||January 9, 2003||304|
|31||5||"In the Duck Soup"||Brian Lee||Dave Dias||January 10, 2003||305|
|32||6||"Friends and Anemones"||Doug Thoms and Karen Lessmann||Ken Cuperus||January 13, 2003||306|
During a trip to the aquarium, George must save a family of "Sea Symies."
|33||7||"Coach Shrinks"||Brian Lee||Jennifer Pertsch||January 14, 2003||307|
George coaches Becky's hockey team, which has yet to win a single game.
|34||8||"Migrate-est Adventure"||Karen Lessmann||Ken Cuperus||January 15, 2003||308|
|The Shrinks family follows a migrating butterfly, participating in a scientific study.|
|35||9||"George's Apprentice"||Brian Lee||Dave Dias||January 16, 2003||309|
|36||10||"If I Ran the Circus"||Karen Lessmann||Matthew Cope||January 17, 2003||310|
|37||11||"Becky in Wonderland"||Brian Lee||Ken Cuperus||January 20, 2003||311|
|38||12||"Toy George"||Karen Lessmann||Scott Kraft||January 21, 2003||312|
|39||13||"The Lost World of George Shrinks"||Brian Lee||Ken Cuperus||January 22, 2003||313|
|40||14||"Lost and Found Art"||Karen Lessmann||Alice Prodanou||January 23, 2003||314|
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|DVD title||Episode count||Release date||Episodes|
|George Shrinks: Down the Drain||3||February 28, 2006||"Coach Shrinks", "In the Duck Soup", and "The Lost World of George Shrinks"|
|George Shrinks: Ghost Grabber Machine||May 9, 2006||"Ghost of Shrinks Manor", "All Along the Clock Tower", and "Journey to the Center of the Garden"|
|George Shrinks: George Vs Space Invaders||2||"George vs Space Invaders", and "Close Encounters of the Bird Kind"|
|George Shrinks: Speed Shrinks||3||"Speed Shrinks", "Hound of the Bath-Ervilles", and "George-Lo-Phone"|
|George Shrinks: King Kongo||2||"King Kongo", and "Ants in the Pantry"|
|George Shrinks: Toy George||3||"Toy George", "Dog-Sitting Miss Daisy", and "Down on the Bayou"|
|George Shrinks: Snowman's Land||2||November 10, 2009||"Snowman's Land", and "From Bad to Worse"|
|George Shrinks: Zoopercar Caper||January 26, 2010||"Zoopercar Caper", and "If If Ain't Broke"|
|George Shrinks: Sunken Treasures||March 9, 2010||"Sunken Treasres", and "Can We Keep Him?"|
|George Shrinks: The Lost World of George Shrinks||4||"If I Ran the Circus", "Becky in Wonderland", "Toy George" and "Lost and Found Art"|
|Germany||Super RTL, Bibel TV, Das Vierte, YFE TV|
|France||Piwi+, France 5|
|Canada||CBC, Télé-Québce, MTV|
|Hungary||Minimax, M2, Kiwi TV|
|United States||PBS Kids|
|Spain||Disney Channel, Clan TVE|
- "Dog Sitting Miss Daisy". George Shrinks. Season 1. Episode 15. Event occurs at 25:30.
- "Based on William Joyce's book, George Shrinks is an animated series about a boy who wakes up and discovers he's the size of a mouse". Retrieved May 17, 2014.