George Shrinks

George Shrinks
Created by William Joyce
Written by Ken Cuperus
Dave Dias
Hugh Duffy
Richard Elliott
Ben Joseph
Voices of Bryn McAuley
Robbi Jay Thuet
Paul O'Sullivan
Kathleen Laskey
Tracey Moore
Composer(s) Roberto Occhipinti
Country of origin
  • Canada
  • China
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 40
Running time 30 mins.
Production company(s)


Original network PBS (United States)
CBC/TVOKids (Canada)
Original release September 30, 2000 (2000-09-30) – February 23, 2002 (2002-02-23) (as Bookworm Bunch)
January 6, 2003 (2003-01-06) - September 10, 2004 (2004-09-10)

George Shrinks is a Canadian–Chinese 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 30, 2000 on PBS Kids 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 Zooper Car, 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.

The theme song, composed by Roberto Occhipinti, in a jumping blues style, is sung by Canadian musician Colin James.


Other, minor, and one-time characters

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
Bookworm Bunch: Season 1 13 September 30, 2000 February 24, 2001
Bookworm Bunch: Season 2 10 November 3, 2001 February 23, 2002
George Shrinks: Season 1 40 January 6, 2003 September 10, 2004


Bookworm Bunch Season 1 (2000–2001)

Bookworm Bunch Season 2 (2001–2002)

Season 1 (2003–2004)

No. Title Original air date
1"On the Road"January 6, 2003 (2003-01-06)
George and his family go to Capital City for Dad's big band concert.
2"Friends and Anemones"January 7, 2003 (2003-01-07)

When Junior accidentally loses his simian shrimp at an aquarium, George must set out to recover the little guys before they are eaten by residential fish.

  • The first use of the Zoopersub.
  • First appearance of Becky.
  • The title is a pun on the phrase "Friends and Enemies".
3"If I Ran the Circus"January 8, 2003 (2003-01-08)

The circus is in town, and the Shrinks family is all excited about going. But everyone's plans are threatened when a surprise attack of chicken pox hits Junior.

  • First episode in the Shrinks' house.
4"Coach Shrinks"January 9, 2003 (2003-01-09)

George makes an effort to help Becky's struggling hockey team (which hasn't scored all season) to score a goal.

  • Only appearances of Lizzy, Helga, and the Storks.
  • First appearance of the Fortevoce twins.
5"Becky in Wonderland"January 10, 2003 (2003-01-10)
George and Becky read Alice in Wonderland and are transported into a fantasy world of caterpillars, rabbits, and creatures.
6"George Unshrinks"January 13, 2003 (2003-01-13)

When George, Dad, and Junior all have dreams about being different sizes, they find out that staying their original size would have prevented a lot more problems.

  • Only appearance of George as a normally sized boy (albeit this occurs in a dream).
  • This is the only episode in which the Zoopercar is driven by someone other than George (Harold).
7"Migrate-est Adventure"January 14, 2003 (2003-01-14)
After a monarch butterfly emerges from its cocoon in George's room, George and his family track a butterfly on its migration route with a scientist.
8"Toy George"January 15, 2003 (2003-01-15)
George puts on a school play of Pinocchio, featuring Junior and their first cousin once removed, Skyler.
9"Lost and Found Art"January 16, 2003 (2003-01-16)
After George and Becky carelessly lose Mom's found art sculpture, they set out to recover all of the pieces before they are recycled and permanently lost.
10"If It Ain't Broke"January 17, 2003 (2003-01-17)
George and Junior sneak a peek at Mom's surprise birthday sculpture for Dad (something she told them not to do), and get more trouble than they bargained for.
11"Ghost of Shrinks Manor"January 20, 2003 (2003-01-20)
After Dad tells a spooky ghost story, George and Becky are so convinced that there is a ghost in the Shrinks House that they forget to think about a logical explanation for the spooky goings on at night.
12"Can We Keep Him?"January 21, 2003 (2003-01-21)
George nurses a mouse with an injured leg back to health, but not without upsetting Junior, who feels that the mouse has taken away all of George's attention.
13"Journey to the Center of the Garden"January 22, 2003 (2003-01-22)
George and Becky's bean project is going AWOL so George sets out to find out what could be causing the trouble.
14"Close Encounters of The Bird Kind"January 23, 2003 (2003-01-23)

George meets a new kid on the block named Becky, and helps a little bird learn to fly.

  • This episode is a continuity error, as George and Becky don't know each other.
15"Dog Sitting Miss Daisy"January 24, 2003 (2003-01-24)
George is planning a surprise birthday party for Becky... but her present (a little dog) keeps messing things up.
16"Ants In The Pantry"January 27, 2003 (2003-01-27)
An army of ants threatens to attack the family's picnic and George tries to stop them by himself.
17"Return To Sender"January 28, 2003 (2003-01-28)
When George gets trapped in a mail parcel headed to Nigeria, he ends up going all around the world in a strange turn of events.
18"Round Up The Usual Insects"January 29, 2003 (2003-01-29)
George and Becky carry out another science project about bugs, but when Junior releases them all, the pair need to round them up before Mom's party is ruined.
19"The More Things Change"January 30, 2003 (2003-01-30)
George and Becky find half of a treasure map belong to Russell Copeland and the trio set out with Russell's friend Edna (who has the other half) to find their buried treasure, though not without some friction between some old friends.
20"From Bad To Worse"January 31, 2003 (2003-01-31)
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.
21"George-Lo-Phone"February 3, 2003 (2003-02-03)
When George is rejected by the school's band because he is too small to play the piano, George and Dad resolve to create a one-of-a-kind musical instrument to prove everyone otherwise.
22"Sunken Treasures"February 4, 2003 (2003-02-04)

George and Becky find a hidden room in the attic belonging to a boy named Russell, they find a pile of comic books that say "The Adventures Of Spaceboy Bob" when they open one of the books, they find a journal belonging to Russel who lived in the house seventy years ago, when Russel lived in the house, he had a toy named Spaceboy Bob.

  • This episode is a continuity error, as George doesn't know Russell.
23"Down On The Bayou"February 5, 2003 (2003-02-05)
The Shrinks family take their annual camping trip, and this year, George inherits his father's special compass.
24"Snowman's Land"February 6, 2003 (2003-02-06)
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 getting lost in a blizzard.
25"A Star Is Shrunk"September 15, 2003 (2003-09-15)
Mom, Dad, and Aunt Eunice all get small parts in a movie being filmed in town, but George becomes the real star when he gets to stand in for the hero of the movie.
26"Monster Mash"September 16, 2003 (2003-09-16)
A new neighbour proves that everyone's negative first impression of her was wrong with her clever contributions to George and company's annual Monster Movie Marathon.
27"In the Duck Soup"September 17, 2003 (2003-09-17)
When Junior's beloved toy duck "Wiggy" is broken, George and Junior take it to a local toy inventor to fix it. The duck is saved, but will not stay safe unless George can stop a legion of flawed toy robots from wrecking Junior's duck.
28"George's Apprentice"September 18, 2003 (2003-09-18)
George manages to get his parents to buy him a new cool robot, but the toy proves to be more troublesome than he anticipates.
29"The Lost World of George Shrinks"September 19, 2003 (2003-09-19)
George and Ellen release Ting-Ting, Ellen's older brother's lizard, when they aren't supposed to and must track it down to the local zoo while learning about following instructions.
30"Tankful of Trouble"September 22, 2003 (2003-09-22)
George and Becky planned to raise a frog for a science project, but things get out of hand when they end up with a bunch of frog eggs and far too many baby frogs.
31"Zoopercar Caper"May 3, 2004 (2004-05-03)

A pair of toymakers, stumped for new ideas, find out about the Zooper Car. In order to please their hard-to-please boss, they decide to acquire it from George by hook or crook.

  • This episode includes a flashback in which George remembers how he and his dad built the Zoopercar.
32"All Along the Clocktower"May 4, 2004 (2004-05-04)
For the town's big anniversary, everyone decides to fix up town hall and the broken clocktower attached, despite rumours that the clocktower is cursed.
33"Down the Drain"May 5, 2004 (2004-05-05)
George promises to keep a ring well hidden and safe that Dad plans to give Mom for their anniversary, but ends up going through the house's drainage system when the ring accidentally falls into the sink drain.
34"Return of the Space Invaders"May 6, 2004 (2004-05-06)

George, Junior, and Aunt Eunice end up meeting Manigishi (Manny for short), a space alien who appears to be of the same kind as George met earlier. She needs their help repairing her crashed spaceship. She needs it too; an upcoming meteor shower will make it impossible to get back home.

  • This episode is a continuity error, as George hasn't yet met the aliens.
35"A Day at the Beach"May 7, 2004 (2004-05-07)
George and Junior are excited about taking a trip to the beach, even though Mom is suffering from artist's block near a deadline and Dad needs to come up with a new tune soon.
36"Small of the Wild"September 6, 2004 (2004-09-06)
George and Becky prepare for the worst and attempt to save a yard full of animals when a bad winter storm comes around.
37"King Kongo"September 7, 2004 (2004-09-07)
Junior is supposed to be starring in George and Becky's monster movie. However, much to Becky and George's chagrin, Junior is more interested in eating cookies than in acting. They decide to find a replacement right in their backyard — a monkey who has escaped from the circus. But things get a little crazy when their new star crashes the arts fund-raiser, which Mom and Dad are hosting.
38"Speed Shrinks"September 8, 2004 (2004-09-08)
George and Becky enter a model car race, but need to watch out for competitors who aren't beyond winning if it means cheating.
39"George vs. the Space Invaders"September 9, 2004 (2004-09-09)
Too much pepperoni pizza and scary movies, along with Dad's new musical instrument, have George on edge, especially when real space aliens drop by for a visit and George can't convince anyone he isn't just imagining things.
40"Hound of the Bathervilles"September 10, 2004 (2004-09-10)

To raise money and awareness for a local animal shelter, George and Becky set up a pet-wash-a-matic, but finds things turning upside down when a stray dog turns out to be someone's cherished pet.

  • The series finale.


  1. "Dog Sitting Miss Daisy". Season 1. Episode 15. Event occurs at 25:30. Missing or empty |series= (help)
  2. "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.
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