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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 (1-3)
Shawn Molko (4)
Maxwell Uretsky (5)
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 (Seasons 1-3 2004-2007)
APT (Season 1 (2007-2017); seasons 2-3 (2011-2017); seasons 4-5 (2009-2017))
PBS (2018-Present)
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 releaseOriginal series:
April 12, 2004 (2004-04-12) – September 14, 2007 (2007-09-14)
Revival series:
January 31, 2010 (2010-01-31) –
October 14, 2011 (2011-10-14)
External links
Website

Peep and the Big Wide World (PATBWW) 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.[3]

The show 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,[4] 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. Since 2004, 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 (alongside Pocoyo, which is seen after the program) 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

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

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, 2011 (2011-10-14)

Season 1 (2004)

# Episode Original airdate
1 Spring Thing/Springy Thingy April 12, 2004
2 A Duck's Tale/Quack's Tracks April 13, 2004
3 Quack and the Very Big Rock/Shadow Play April 14, 2004
4 Current Events/Quack Loses His Hat April 15, 2004
5 Night Light/Sounds Like... April 16, 2004
6 The Windy Day/Peep Feet April 19, 2004
7 Newton's Big Adventure/Peep Crosses the Road April 20, 2004
8 Stormy Weather/Peep in Rabbitland April 21, 2004
9 Quack's Stuck Stick/Peep's Can April 22, 2004
10 Under Duck/All Fall Down April 23, 2004
11 The Perils of Peep and Chirp/Hoop Tricks April 26, 2004
12 Save It For Later/The Red Ballmoon April 27, 2004
13 Chirp Builds a Nest/Stuck Duck April 28, 2004
14 The Real Decoy/Peep's Lost Leaf April 29, 2004
15 Birds of a Feather/The Incredible Shrinking Duck April 30, 2004
16 Go West Young Peep/A Delicate Balance May 3, 2004
17 The Fish Museum/Peep's Night Out May 4, 2004
18 There's No Place Like Home/Flipping Newton May 5, 2004
19 Chirp's Flight Program/Mirror Mirror in the Dump May 6, 2004
20 Bridge the Gap/Meeting Half-Way May 7, 2004
21 Peep Plants a Seed/The Root Problem May 10, 2004
22 Hide and Go Peep/A Peep of a Different Color May 11, 2004
23 That's a Cat/Faster than a Duck May 12, 2004
24 Quack Hatches an Egg/The Whatchamacallit May 13, 2004
25 Wandering Beaver/Peep's New Friend May 14, 2004
26 The Trip to Green Island/Give Me a Call May 17, 2004

Season 2 (2005-2006)

# Episode Original airdate
27 Finders Keepers/Quack Quiets the Universe May 2, 2005
28 Peep's Moon Mission/The Many Moons of Quack the Duck May 3, 2005
29 The Mystery of the Thing That Went and Came Back/Peep's Color Quest May 4, 2005
30 Reflection Affection/Peep Deep in the Big Muddy May 5, 2005
31 Chirp Sorts it Out (Sort Of)/Hear Here! May 6, 2005
32 Dry Duck May 9, 2005
33 Snow Daze/Flower Shower May 10, 2005
34 Who Stole the Big Wide World?/M-U-D Spells Trouble May 11, 2005
35 Finding Time/Smaller than a Peep May 12, 2005
36 Quack Quack/One Duck Too Many May 13, 2005
37 Count Them Out/Peep Prints September 25, 2006
38 Stick With Me/Tree Feller September 26, 2006
39 A Daring Duck/The Trouble With Bubbles September 27, 2006

Season 3 (2007)

# Episode Original airdate
40 The Tooth, the Whole Tooth, and Nothing but the Tooth/The Winter of Quack's Discontent April 16, 2007
41 Nosing Around/The Last Straw April 17, 2007
42 The Disappearing Drink/Door Tour April 18, 2007
43 In a Bind/Star Light, Star Bright April 19, 2007
44 Bedtime Story/The Deep Duck Woods April 20, 2007
45 I Spy a Spider/Robin in the Bat Cave September 10, 2007
46 Marble Mover/Fair Shares September 11, 2007
47 The Feats of Peep/Quack Goes Nuts September 12, 2007
48 The Sounds of Silence September 13, 2007
49 Big Bird/Chirp Flies the Coop September 14, 2007

Season 4 (2010)

# Episode Original airdate
50 The Lurmies are Coming/Quack's Square Deal January 31, 2010
51 An Inconvenient Tooth May 1, 2010
52 Bringing Spring/Quack's Pond Party May 13, 2010
53 You Can Count on Bunnies/Falling Feathers June 8, 2010
54 Trading Places/The House of Sand and Frog June 26, 2010
55 Magic Duck Dancing/Chirp Chirp Tweet Tweet Chirp July 17, 2010

Season 5 (2011)

# Episode Original airdate
56 Two's a Crowd October 10, 2011
57 The Road Not Taken October 11, 2011
58 Soap Opera/Diva Duck October 12, 2011
59 Quack and the Amazing Sandy Magic/Duckball October 13, 2011
60 Things That Go Peep in the Night/Mud Muddle October 14, 2011

Characters

Main

  • Peep (Voiced by Scott Beaudin [5] 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 "An Inconvenient 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

  • 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.
  • Raccoon (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
  • Blue Jays(Voiced by David Hudson): silly, blue and white birds who love to cause trouble when they see stuff

Music composition

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.[6]

Broadcast

United States

The series ran the first three seasons on TLC and Discovery Kids as part of the Ready Set Learn block from April 12, 2004 to September 14, 2007 and reran the episodes until October 8, 2010 when Discovery Kids discontinued the block to make way for the new network to launch known as The Hub on October 10. The last two seasons ran on PBS Kids under the APT brand from January 31, 2010 to October 14, 2011, making the total of 60 episodes (120 segments). During the existence of Ready Set Learn, the series was also acquired to selected PBS member stations with only episodes from season one. After the discontinuation of Ready Set Learn, PBS stations started to pick up the remaining episodes from seasons two and three by early 2011.

On January 1, 2018, Peep and the Big Wide World was picked up on the 24-hour PBS Kids channel, marking the first time to air the series for PBS member stations, which never acquired the series since its original run in 2004.

References

  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. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 447–448. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  4. ^ "The Peep Show". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Peep and the Big Wide World Credits 2004". 4 November 2018. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  6. ^ Opening video, with lyrics and credits on official page

External links