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Peg + Cat
Peg+Cat Intertitle.png
Created by
Directed by Cory Bobiak
Starring
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52 (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)
Running time 28 minutes
Release
Original network
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Stereo
Original release October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07) – present
External links
Website

Peg + Cat is an American/Canadian animated children's television series based on the children's book "The Chicken Problem", which was published in 2012. The series is created by Billy Aronson and Jennifer Oxley and produced by The Fred Rogers Company and 9 Story Entertainment.[2][3] It debuted on most PBS stations on October 7, 2013, as part of the revamped PBS Kids brand.[4]

The show is targeted to children 3 to 5 years old. The goal is to "inspire preschoolers’ natural curiosity about math and help them develop new skills and strategies for solving problems creatively in their daily lives."[5] In keeping with the math theme, the animation is presented as if it were drawn on graph paper.

On March 3, 2015, PBS Kids renewed Peg + Cat for a second season, which started on April 4, 2016.[6][7] On March 28, 2016, a one-hour two-part film aired on PBS Kids. This new film, titled Peg + Cat Save the World, focused on the duo being called upon by the President of the United States (voiced by Sandra Oh), to prevent a global disaster.[6] On March 14, 2016, PBS Kids released the first part of the film on its YouTube channel.

Characters

  • Peg – The main character, together with Cat. She is a young girl who wears a red hat and blue dress. She explains the situation in each episode directly to the "camera", announces when they have "a big problem", and reasons out solutions to math-related problems. During songs, she pulls out a ukulele and plays it. She has a special blue marble hidden under her hat. Her favorite crayon is "little bluey". She is voiced by Hayley Faith Negrin.
  • Cat – An indigo cat whose best friend is Peg. He loves circles and accompanies Peg on her adventures. Cat often inspires Peg to realize a solution to a problem without being aware of it himself. Often helps to calm Peg when she is "totally freaking out". He was inspired by Jennifer Oxley's pet cat. He is voiced by Dwayne Hill.
  • Ramone – A boy who shows up to help Peg and Cat with their math problems. He is voiced by Thamela Mpumlwana.
  • Pig – A pig who is usually silent except when he sings in a rich operatic tenor. His favorite shape is the triangle. Voiced by Tommy Wazelle.
  • Neighbor Ladies – A female African American character named Viv and a female Asian American character named Connie that appear in several episodes. They often accidentally add to Peg and Cat's problems by trying to be nice. Viv is voiced by Angela Teek and Connie is voiced by Jean Yoon.
  • 100 Chickens – Chickens who play and live on farm and travel to space with Pig, Peg, and Cat. Voiced by Rob Morrison and Carys Casucci.
  • The Pirates and their parrot – A quarrelsome quartet of pirates who live on an island. They like to sing in four-part harmony but sing "really bad" when they get cranky. They have had a sleepover with Peg and Cat. Voiced by Rob Morrison.
  • Big Mouth – A blue, furry, horned space monster who likes to eat things that are little and yellow.
  • Richard – A space alien from the purple planet who plays with Peg and Cat in space. He often cries during tense situations. Voiced by Christian DiStefano.
  • The Teens – Three cool older kids who love pizza and texting on their phones, but can't stand getting dirt on their clothes. Tessa (voiced by Addison Holley) is thirteen, Mora (voiced by Annick Obonsawin) is fourteen, and Jesse (voiced by Gabriel Giammaria) is fifteen.
  • Giants – Peg and Cat's big friends who live up the beanstalk in Fairy Tale Land. In The Giant Problem Peg and Cat think that the Giants are going to eat them. Voiced by Bryce Kulak (Giant) and Shoshana Sperling (Giantess).
  • Mermaid – A swimming damsel who lives in the Magical Forest. The Pig stole her Golden Pyramid's in The Golden Pyramid Problem. She is voiced by Emilie-Claire Barlow.
  • The Three Bears, The Three Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff - Nine Friends of Peg and Cat that get into bands like The Electric Eleven. Voiced by Kevin Brathwite (Papa Bear), Angela Teek (Mama Bear), Phatt Al (Baby Bear), and Rob Morrison (Three Little Pigs and Three Billy Goats Gruff).
  • The Blockettes – Five dancers that dance in the Radio City Music Hall. Voiced by Allie Hughes and Jennifer Wallis.
  • Mac – A gruff-voiced man who works various jobs in different episodes. Voiced by Kevin Del Aguila.
  • Peg's Mom – Voiced by Alison Jutzi.[8]
  • The Seven Dwarves - Voiced by Rob Morrison.
  • Dragon – A mythical creature who lives in the Magical Forest.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – A famous music composer who has problems writing music.
  • George Washington – The first president of the United States.
  • Albert Einstein – A famous scientist. Voiced by John Stocker.
  • Flat Woman – A supervillaness who likes to make things flat. Voiced by Julie Lemieux.
  • Baby Fox – A young little fox who likes building his block tower and stays with Mrs. Sheep.[9]
  • Romeo and Juliet – Two young lovers from William Shakespeare's stage play of the same name.
  • Triceratops - An adult blue dinosaur who talks. Randomly says "Horn!" during conversation.
  • Baby T Rex - A baby dinosaur with a voracious appetite who can't talk but instead shrieks. Seen frequently with Triceratops.
  • Cleopatra - Peg + Cat's Queen of the Nile friend, along with her pet camel "Epidermis".
  • Marie Curie - Voiced by Linda Ballantyne.
  • Roxanne - A pink French cat.
  • The President of the United States - Voiced by Sandra Oh.
  • Robin Hood - A robin loosely based on the British folklore hero of the same name.
  • Aki - A ninja in training.

"Problem Solved" song

When a math problem is solved, Peg, Cat and others sing like this:

"Problem solved, The problem is solved, We solved the problem, (Optional line: "So everything is awesome,") Problem solved."

Awards

Peg + Cat has won seven Daytime Emmy Awards: Outstanding Pre-School Children's Animated Program, Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program (Hayley Faith Negrin), Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation (Jennifer Oxley, production designer),[10] Outstanding Writing in a Pre-School Animated Program (Billy Lopez, Billy Aronson, Kevin Del Aguila, Dustin Ferrer, David Steven Cohen, Qui Nguyen, and Jennifer Oxley, writers),[11][12][13] and Outstanding Music Direction and Composition (Steven Rebollido, music supervisor; J. Walter Hawkes, music director; and Martin Erskine and D. D. Jackson, composers).[13]

Episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 40 October 7, 2013 (2013-10-07) September 10, 2015 (2015-09-10)
2 TBA April 4, 2016 (2016-04-04) TBA


Broadcast

In Canada the show is broadcast on Treehouse TV.[14]

References

  1. ^ "9 Story Entertainment Announces Peg + Cat Series". Animation World Network. 2013-02-26. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  2. ^ "Press Release: PBS Kids Annonuces New Math Series Peg + Cat, Premiering Fall 2013". PBS. 2013-01-14. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  3. ^ "9 Story Entertainment - Peg + Cat". 9 Story Entertainment. Retrieved 2013-10-19. 
  4. ^ "PBS Kids Go! goes bye-bye as colorful branding revamp rolls out to stations". Current.org. 2013-08-07. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  5. ^ "KET About Peg + Cat". PBS Parents. Retrieved 2014-10-30. 
  6. ^ a b PBS Kids Premieres First Peg + Cat Movie: "Peg and Cat Save The World"
  7. ^ Bibel, Sara; Baron, Steve (March 3, 2015). "'Peg + Cat' Renewed for Season 2 by PBS Kids". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on 6 March 2015. Season two of the popular show will feature 25 engaging new episodes, including a hilarious one-hour specia 
  8. ^ "Official Program Credits". PBS. Retrieved 2013-10-11. 
  9. ^ "Peg + Cat: About: Characters". PBS. Retrieved 2014-02-23. 
  10. ^ "The 41st Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award Winners". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. emmyonline.org. June 20, 2014. Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ "CBS, PBS and The Bold and the Beautiful Lead Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Winners". Variety. Penske Business Media. April 25, 2015. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  12. ^ "The 42nd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award Winners". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. emmyonline.org. June 20, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "The 43rd Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Award Winners". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. emmyonline.org. April 29, 2016. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  14. ^ http://www.treehousetv.com/show/peg-cat

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