Peep and the Big Wide World

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Peep and the Big Wide World
Peep and the Big Wide World logo.png
Created by Kaj Pindal[1][2]
Starring Peep, Quack, and Chirp
Voices of Peep: Scott Beaudin
Quack: Jamie Watson
Chirp: Amanda Soha
Narrated by Joan Cusack
Country of origin United States
Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 55 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 25 minutes (Canada)
22 minutes (United States)
Production company(s) WGBH Boston
9 Story Entertainment
WGBH Kids
Distributor American Public Television
Broadcast
Original channel Discovery Kids (2004-2010)
TLC (2004-2009)
PBS Kids (2004-Present)
TVOntario(2004-Present)(Canada)
V-me (2006-Present)(Spanish Language)
Picture format 16:9 480i (SDTV)
Audio format Mono (2004-2006)
Dolby Surround (2006-2008)
Dolby Digital (2008-2011)
Original run April 12, 2004 – October 14, 2011

Peep and the Big Wide World is an American/Canadian produced Flash animation television series created by Canadian Animator Kaj Pindal and based on the 1988 short film Peep and the Big Wide World produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The current series premiered on April 12, 2004, on Discovery Kids and on TLC on the block Ready Set Learn. It debuted on PBS Kids on April 12, 2004. It was produced by WGBH, and 9 Story Entertainment. The series ran on April 12, 2004, through October 14, 2011, with 55 episodes, but on October 10, 2010, the series was removed on the Discovery Kids lineup due from the new channel The Hub Network. However, the series was playing the remaining episodes on PBS Kids. It now airs nationally in the United States on public television, distributed by American Public Television. Peep and the Big Wide World is currently sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation is the only permanent sponsor of the show. Northrop Grumman is funded for only season 4.

Overview[edit]

Young viewers follow Peep, Chirp, and Quack as they investigate and explore the world around them. Following the 9-minute animated segment, there is a 2-minute live-action segment with children exploring and demonstrating the same topic presented in the animated segment. Animation consists of bright colors and simple shapes..

Episodes[edit]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Peep (Voiced by Scott Beaudin, Shawn Molko, and Maxwell Uretsky): a male, yellow chicken who is very curious. The show's title is derived from his name.
  • Chirp (Voiced by Amanda Soha): A red, female robin who is also curious, and attempts frequently to fly, with unsatisfying results. She is Peep's friend.
  • Quack (Voiced by Jamie Watson): a male blue duck who wears a white sailor's hat.
  • The Narrator (Voiced by Joan Cusack): The Narrator tells the episode's story, although the characters rarely have any interaction with her.

Minor characters[edit]

  • Ant (Voiced by Robert Tinkler): A busy male ant who appears in several episodes.
  • Beaver Boy (Voiced by Tessa Marshall): A young naïve male beaver lives in an adjoining pond to Quack's.
  • Beaver Mom: Beaver Boy's workaholic mother.
  • Beaver Dad (Voiced by Phillip Williams): Beaver Boy's businesslike father.
  • Dragonfly (Voiced by Catherine Disher): A quiet dragonfly.
  • Fish: Cohabitants of Quack's pond.
  • Hoot (Voiced by Corinne Conley): A menacing, but kind purple female owl who lives in the Deep Dark Woods.
  • Nellie (Voiced by Marium Carvell): A red female dog who acts as a seemingly maternal figure for the birds.
  • Newton (Voiced by Colin Fox): An old, male dark-green turtle who lives under an apple tree.
  • Quack #2 (Voiced by Megan Mullaly): An annoying pink female duck who has her own pond, built by Quack, Peep, Chirp, Beaver Boy and his parents.
  • Rabbit (Voiced by Jayne Eastwood): An excitable and somewhat distracted rabbit.
  • Robin: An adult robin (Voiced by Holly Hunter).
  • Skunk (Voiced by Adrian Truss): A grumpy skunk who lives near Quack's pond.
  • Squeak: An anxious pink, female mouse who lives under a brick and always worries about what could go wrong.
  • Tom: A sly, male blue-and-black kitten who often tries to eat Peep, Chirp, and Quack.
  • Sporty: The strongest and fittest who is eldest, with a trampoline and a conveyor belt.

Music composition[edit]

Music for Peep and the Big Wide World is composed by Terry Tompkins and Steve D'Angelo, from Eggplant. The opening theme is performed by Taj Mahal.[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Peep and the Big Wide World". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 26 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Lerner, Loren Ruth (1997). Canadian Film and Video: A Bibliography and Guide to the Literature, Volume 1. University of Toronto Press. p. 218. ISBN 0802029884. 
  3. ^ Opening video, with lyrics and credits on official page

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