Peep and the Big Wide World
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|Peep and the Big Wide World|
|Format||Animated television series|
|Created by||Kaj Pindal|
|Starring||Scott Beaudin, as Peep
Jamie Watson as Quack
Amanda Soha as Chirp
|Country of origin||United States|
|Producer(s)||WGBH Boston, 9 Story Entertainment, Ragdoll Productions Lyrick Studios 2004-2005 Hit Entertainment 2005-present|
|Running time||22-25 minutes per episode|
|Original channel||PBS Kids
Discovery Kids (USA)
Discovery Kids and Tiny Pop (UK)
TV Asahi (Japan)
|Original run||April 12, 2004 – 2010|
Peep and the Big Wide World is an animated cartoon that teaches nature and basic science concepts to preschoolers. The main characters include a yellow baby chick named Peep and his friends Quack, a blue duckling, and Chirp, a baby red robin with pink eyelids. The current show, narrated by Joan Cusack is based on a National Film Board of Canada cartoon short of the same name, created in 1988 by Kaj Pindal and narrated by Peter Ustinov, and another short, "The Peep Show", from 1962. The original short comprised three 10-minute films featuring Peep, Quack, and Chirp as they meet a cat, a ladybug, a turtle and a frog who speaks from both sides of his mouth.
The show is produced by WGBH in Boston and 9 Story Entertainment in Toronto, Canada. In the US, this show formerly aired on Discovery Kids as part of its commercial-free and sponsor-free "Ready, Set, Learn!" programming block. The series was rated TV-G on Discovery Kids until it was rated TV-Y. It now airs nationally in the United States on public television, distributed by American Public Television. In Canada, it airs on TVOntario. DVDs and books are also available for purchase. Peep and the Big Wide World is currently sponsored by the National Science Foundation in conjunction with WGBH-TV as part of an education and outreach program. The principal investigator is Kate Taylor, also of the ZOOM block. The National Science Foundation is the only permanent sponsor of the show. Northrop Grumman, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Toyota funded the show for only season two. The Discovery Kids Foundation funded the show for only season one. In 1999, the show was produced by Clumsy PriStar Television. The VHS copies are produced from Clumsy Pristar's home viewings.
Haha Studios Ltd 2006-present
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.
Peep (Scott Beaudin, 2004–2007) (Tim Whitnall 2007–present) is a curious chick who lives in a can near a trash dump. Chirp is a young, hydrophobic robin living on a nearby tree branch. Several episodes depict her trying to learn to fly. Quack (Jamie Watson, 2006-2007), (Carlos Alazraqui 2007-2013) the oldest of the three, is a show-off duck who lives in a nearby pond. Quack wears a sailor hat. Quack often mentions his high opinion of ducks. Chirp (Amanda Soha 2009-2012) (Fatima Ptacek 2012-present) is often depicted as the most out-spoken of the trio, often pointing out mistakes made by Quack and Peep. Peep is depicted as a kind, but wide-eyed character, easily becoming distracted by falling leaves, sunflowers, new noises, and the like.
The three main characters are described in the overview.
Beaver Boy: A young beaver. He is well-meaning, fun-loving, and somewhat naïve. He is obsessed with gnawing down trees, much to the chagrin of Peep, Quack, and Chirp. He calls Quack "Blue Sailor."
Beaver Mom: Beaver Boy's mom.
Beaver Dad: Beaver Boy's dad.
Bluejay: A mischievous bluejay who frequently steals things from Peep, Quack, and Chirp. He appears mostly in Season 1, but made a comeback appearance in the Season 4 episode "Chirp Chirp Tweet Tweet Chirp."
Female Bluejay: A female bluejay who is Bluejay's partner in crime. They are always seen together, except in "Chirp Chirp Tweet Tweet Chirp."
Dragonfly: A dragonfly.
Fish: A school of fish who live with Quack in his pond. Quack often teaches them about the world outside of the pond. Quack started an underwater museum for them in "The Fish Museum."
Frog: An apathetic frog who lives on a lily pad in Quack's pond. Whenever Quack tells him something, his response is "ribbit." He loathes Quack's shows and doesn't really want to get involved in anything. His eyes are almost always partly closed. In his debut, "Springy Thingy," his personality wasn't developed yet. Despite his lethargic nature, Frog is willing to help Quack build things.
Hoot: A terrorizing yet kind-hearted purple owl, who lives in a hollow tree in the deep dark woods. She appears in eight episodes: "Birds of a Feather," "Peep's Night Out," "Night Light," "The Windy Day," "The Many Moons of Quack the Duck," "Bedtime Story," "Falling Feathers," and "Things That Go Peep in the Night." She is almost always seen in the deep dark woods. She has little patience for Quack's large ego, and refers to him as "that duck" or simply "duck."
Nellie: A red dog who is very wise. For this reason, she is usually the first person that Peep, Quack, and Chirp turn to for help.
- Official website
- Peep and the Big Wide World (Current series) at the Internet Movie Database
- Peep and the Big Wide World (1988) at the Internet Movie Database
- Kaj Pindal at the Internet Movie Database
- 9 Story Entertainment
- National Science Foundation grant information
- Watch the original Peep and the Big Wide World at NFB.ca
- Read Goodman Research Group's executive summary of the Peep website evaluation