Littleuns in the 1963 film.
|Nationality||British (book and 1963 film)
American (1990 film)
|Location in Book||The Island|
"Littluns" refers to the young boys on the island. They represent the weak and helpless members of society, and are unpopular amongst the older boys. Most of them have unknown names and are made to look like pawns in a game of power. They follow the Biguns and mainly are controlled by Jack Merridew.
In any version of the story, the Littleuns are small both in physical size, and in their understanding of what is going on. They stick together in groups, and generally rely on the Biguns to take care of them and tell them what to do.
Their logical thinking skills are not well-developed, given their age, so Jack's appeal to base instincts and emotions works better on them than Ralph's mature ideas about order.
Littleuns in the 1963 Movie
Littleuns in the 1990 Movie
A group of very young boys does exist in the 1990 film adaptation, but the nicknames "Biguns" and "Littleuns" for the older and younger boys are not used in this version. None of the Littleuns from the book or the 1963 movie appear in the 1990 film. Instead, there is a new group of Littleuns among the American military school cadets who are stranded on the island:
- Larry (portrayed by Braden MacDonald)
- Greg (Angus Burgin)
- Sheraton (Martin Zentz)
- Peter (Brian Jacobs
- Mikey (David Weinstein)
- Tex (Zane Rockenbaugh)
- Billy (Robert Shea)
- Rusty (Gordon Elder)
The Littleuns overall play only minor roles in the 1990 film. Larry is the one who goes near a cave inland and hears the dying airline pilot, Captain Benson, groaning inside, prompting the rise of a superstitious belief in "The Monster" among the boys, especially the Littleuns. Off-screen, Jack tells Peter that the boys are never going home, prompting Peter to ask Ralph about it in front of everyone. This leads to the first major argument between Jack and Ralph.