The Smurfs, Belgium’s greatest import (aside from chocolate, waffles, and Jean-Claude Van Damme), are back with an all-animated adventure: ! The blue boys and girl(s)’ quest to get from underneath the shadow of their dreadful live-action movie inspires this week’s gallery of 24 more fantastic little creatures from film and TV! The Lost Village
(1998, 73%) The Borrowers
The thieves are coming from inside the house!
(2012, 95%) The Secret World of Arietty
Also based on The Borrowers novel, produced by Studio Ghibli.
Delicious diminutive denizens, best paired with Szechuan McNugget sauce.
(1966-69) Star Trek
Kirk encountes a species that reproduces quicker than he.
(1998, 48%) Small Soldiers
Action figures destroy their mint-in-box value to wage war on each other.
(1987, 43%) The Gate
Always call your municipal board for buried wires or demonic hordes before digging in your backyard.
The Littles (1983-85)
Classic animated kid’s show based on the novel of the same name.
(2002, 97%) Spirited Away
Helpful coal spirits known as susuwatari.
(1999, 92%) Princess Mononoke
The kodama, who exist in great numbers when the forest is doing well.
The Mouse and the Motorcycle (1986)
Adaptation of the Beverly Cleary book that played semi-frequently during Saturday mornings.
(1939, 67%) Gulliver’s Travels
The kingdom of Lilliput, thrown into minor disarray when a human washes up on their shores.
(1998, 92%) A Bug’s Life
Seven Samurai but for the toddler set.
(1986, 53%) Critters
These gnarly jamokes flee an asteroid prison and land on Earth to wreak havoc.
(2011, 58%) Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
But do be afraid of stabby things in the ash pit.
(2016, 74%) Trolls
Remember Trolls? They’re back. In kino form.
(1992, 71%) FernGully
Fairies and a bro banding together to keep their home from being cut and logged.
(1999, 66%) Stuart Little
Based on the beloved kid’s book by E.B. White.
(1983-87) Fraggle Rock
Different regions got different human wraparound segments, but generally the Fraggle Rock Muppets magically existed beneath floorboards
(1985, 0%) Ghoulies
An innocuous satanic ritual goes curiously wrong, summoning the wrath of diddly-demons.
(1984, 85%) Gremlins
Television sets, ocean swimming, gifts — there was nothing early Spielberg productions couldn’t turn into nightmares.
(1982, 96%) The Secret of NIMH
Director Don Bluth’s first directorial effort after escaping the colorized clutches of Disney was this epic of mice eking out survival.
(1977, 83%) The Rescuers
Before he left Disney, Bluth worked on another mouse-friendly project.
(2013-present, 100%) Rick & Morty
Multiverse upon multiverse living in Rick’s engine.
(1995, 100%) Toy Story
A subculture of toys in Pixar’s creative world.