Teeny Little Super Post

Posted by | on December 17, 2007

You can’t tell a hero by his size. I’m just a Teeny Little Super Guy… Oh yeah!

Teeny Little Super Guy, pops right up before your eye. He’s no bigger than your thumb, snap your fingers, here I come. Now stop me if you’ve heard this one…

It’s Saturday morning, and between bouts of cartoons and Pauley Shore-related 90s flashbacks (Encino Man… buuuuuuudie) I caught a snippet of Sesame Street, and can you believe they still include the Teeny Little Super Guy skits ? Crazy…

Teeny Little Super GuyCreated in late 70s by Paul Fierlinger and Jim Thurman, TLSG was added to the Sesame Street pantheon of child friendly edutainment in 1982, alongside The Pointer Sisters singing The Pinball Number Song, and that cute little girl who wandered around looking for “A loaf of bread, a container of milk and a stick of butter”.

There were thirteen ity-bity fifteen minute episodes featuring the exploits of a little Charlie Brown-esque cartoon man who lived on (or possibly inside) a plastic drinking glass. He would float around an enormous 70′s kitchen counter and interact with his equally glass-encased sidekick R.W. Shipshape. The character was brought to life by drawing him on clear plastic cells, and then shellacking each cell on the cup in sequence, filming each little laugh and dance step second by tedious second. This kind of process resembled the stop motion animation of the legendary (and magical skeleton murdering) Ray Harryhausen.

Don’t look in the sky, don’t look in the sea, he’s inside of you and me. Did I ever tell you about the time…?

My mom’s kitchen floor

Everything in Super Guy’s giant kitchen radiated that brown, linoleum 70s camp, and you just know that if the unseen floor wasn’t un-sanitary orange shag, it probably looked something like my parent’s kitchen floor (see right).

Each episode focused on an important moral such as planning for the future, staying healthy, or how to successfully ride an eggbeater. Thurman himself delivered these messages as the voice of the Super Guy in a style reminiscent of a 65 year old chain-smoking gold prospector on helium.

With theme music by the lady who wrote “Stronger Than the Wind” (wait… that’s not exactly a plus), great morals for developing minds, and a distinctly 70s style, Teeny Little Super Guy was one of the most memorable Sesame Street skits. Even now, a new generation of kids are learning from the puny, gravely-voiced television icon.


Have a peek at Tom McMahon’s brilliant site for more info on TLSG and it’s creator, and Check out Youtube’s schwack of TLSG videos if you forget how the opening tune goes (I did).

You can’t tell a hero by his size. I’m just a Teeny Little Super Guy… Oh yeah!

Much Love…

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2 Responses to “Teeny Little Super Post”

  1. AvatarSheldon

    Thank you for reminding me about this teeny little super guy. big part of my childhood.

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  2. AvatarStephie

    Hahahahahaha WICKED! Another amazing reminder of my awesome childhood! I havta say we did have the coolest little cartoons, even the cartoon shorts were awesome!

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