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Peep and the Big Wide World

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Peep and the Big Wide World
Peep and the Big Wide World logo.png
Also known asPeep
Created byKaj Pindal[1][2]
Directed byRick Marshall
Voices ofScott Beaudin
Jamie Watson
Amanda Soha
Narrated byJoan Cusack
Theme music composerSteve D'Angelo
Terry Tompkins
Opening theme"Peep and the Big Wide World" performed by Taj Mahal
Ending theme"Peep and the Big Wide World" (instrumental)
Country of originCanada
United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes60 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Kate Taylor
Producer(s)Marisa Wolsky
Running time22–25 minutes
Production company(s)WGBH Boston
9 Story Entertainment
TVOntario
Discovery Kids
Eggbox LLC
Alliance Atlantis
National Film Board of Canada
DistributorAlliance Atlantis
Release
Original networkTVOKids (Canada)
TLC (2004–2008) (U.S.)
Discovery Kids (2004–2010) (U.S.)
PBS Kids (U.S.)
Picture format4:3 480i (SDTV)
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releaseApril 12, 2004 (2004-04-12) –
October 14, 2011 (2011-10-14)
External links
Website

Peep and the Big Wide World is an American-Canadian animated children's television series created by Canadian animator Kaj Pindal. It revolves around the lives of Peep, Chirp, and Quack, as viewers discover, investigate, and explore the world around them. It was based on the 1988 short film Peep and the Big Wide World (of the same name) produced by the National Film Board of Canada, which itself is based on the 1962 short film The Peep Show,[3] also produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The series premiered on April 12, 2004, on Discovery Kids and on TLC as part of their Ready Set Learn children's block, and on the same day on TVOKids and PBS Kids. It was produced by WGBH Boston (through its kids division WGBH Kids) and 9 Story Media Group (formerly 9 Story Entertainment), in association with TVOntario and Discovery Kids and is distributed by Alliance Atlantis (through AAC Kids).

Carriage on the Discovery children's networks ended on October 10, 2010 with the discontinuation of Ready Set Learn and the replacement of Discovery Kids with The Hub, and now, Discovery Family. It continues to be offered to public television stations via independent public television distributor American Public Television to the present day. Since January 1, 2018, the series is distributed by both PBS Kids and APT. Throughout its run, it has been underwritten by the National Science Foundation, with Northrop Grumman underwriting season four in 2010.

Each episode consists of two 9-minute stories, which are animated segments, and two 2-minute live action segments, in which children explore and demonstrate the same topic presented in the animated segment.

Overview[edit]

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]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126April 12, 2004 (2004-04-12)May 17, 2004 (2004-05-17)
213May 2, 2005 (2005-05-02)September 27, 2006 (2006-09-27)
310April 16, 2007 (2007-04-16)September 14, 2007 (2007-09-14)
46January 31, 2010 (2010-01-31)July 17, 2010 (2010-07-17)
55October 10, 2011 (2011-10-10)October 14, 2012 (2012-10-14)

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Peep (Voiced by Scott Beaudin [4] in the first 3 seasons, Shawn Molko in Season 4 and Maxwell Uretsky in Season 5): A male, yellow chicken who is very curious. He is the youngest bird of the group. The show's title is derived from his name. Peep is female in the original short film.
  • Chirp (Voiced by Amanda Soha): A female, red robin who is also curious, and attempts frequently to fly, with unsatisfying results, until A Daring Duck, when she flies from the ground. In "Big Bird" she meets a real robin for the first time. She is Peep and Quack's friend. Chirp is male in the original short film.
  • Quack (Voiced by Jamie Watson): A male, blue-purple duckling who wears a white sailor's hat. He is older than Peep and Chirp, as they are still chicks. He frequently boasts about himself and ducks as a whole, and unwittingly makes many discoveries. Quack is purple in the original short film and is now referred to as blue, but is still quite indigo. He also seems to have a hoarding issue, as evidenced in the episode "The Tooth, The Whole Tooth and Nothing But the Tooth, Part 1."
  • The Narrator (Voiced by Joan Cusack): The Narrator tells the episode's story, although the characters rarely have any interaction with her. In the episodes "Dry Duck, Part 1" the birds did have a short interaction with her and in "Quack Quiets the Universe" she and Quack interact as well.

Minor[edit]

  • Ant (Voiced by Robert Tinkler): A busy male ant who appears in some episodes.
  • Beaver Boy (Voiced by Tessa Marshall): A young naïve male beaver who lives in an adjoining pond to Quack's. He appears in several episodes. His desire to please his mom and dad often results in him chewing down too many trees. He often calls Quack "Blue Sailor" Peep "Yellow Guy" and Chirp "Red Round".
  • Beaver Mom: (Voiced by Debra McGrath) 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 Mullally): 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 (Voiced by Holly Hunter): An adult robin.
  • Skunk (Voiced by Adrian Truss): A rather deadpan skunk who lives near Quack's pond.
  • Bat (Voiced by Ron Rubin): A shy bat.
  • Squeak (Voiced by Kathleen Laskey): An anxious pink, female mouse who lives under a brick and always worries about what could go wrong.
  • Tom (voiced by Alex Hood and Matthew Knight): A sly, male blue & black kitten who often tries to eat Peep, Chirp, and Quack. He is the sole antagonist.
  • Racoon (voiced by Jeff Lumby): A gobbo, male brown & black racoon who often tries to wear his sun glasses in A Peep of a Different Color

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.[5]

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. ^ "The Peep Show". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  4. ^ [watch "Peep and the Big Wide World Credits 2004"] Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  5. ^ Opening video, with lyrics and credits on official page

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