Pepper Ann

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Pepper Ann
Created bySue Rose[1]
Based onPepper Ann
by Sue Rose
Directed by
  • Sherie Pollack (season 1)
  • Brad Goodchild (seasons 2–5)
Voices of
Theme music composerBrian Woodbury
ComposerPat Irwin
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes65 (113 segments) (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesWalt Disney Television Animation
Buena Vista International, Inc.[a]
Original release
  • ABC (seasons 1–3)
  • UPN (seasons 4–5)
ReleaseSeptember 13, 1997 (1997-09-13) –
November 18, 2000 (2000-11-18)

Pepper Ann is an American animated television series created by Sue Rose and aired on Disney's One Saturday Morning on ABC.[2] It first premiered on September 13, 1997, and ended on November 18, 2000.[3] Pepper Ann was the first Disney animated television series to be created by a woman.

Tom Warburton, who later created Cartoon Network's Codename: Kids Next Door, served as the lead character designer for the series.


Pepper Ann centers on the trials and tribulations that occur during the titular character's adolescence and charts her ups and downs at Hazelnut Middle School. The character originated in a comic strip published in YM magazine.[4]


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired Network
1 13 September 13, 1997 (1997-09-13) January 24, 1998 (1998-01-24) ABC

(Disney's One Saturday Morning)

2 13 September 12, 1998 (1998-09-12) January 16, 1999 (1999-01-16)
3 8 September 11, 1999 (1999-09-11) January 22, 2000 (2000-01-22)
4 18 February 6, 2000 (2000-02-06) February 27, 2000 (2000-02-27) UPN

(Disney's One Too)

5 13 September 9, 2000 (2000-09-09) November 18, 2000 (2000-11-18) ABC/UPN

(Disney's One Saturday Morning)/(Disney's One Too)



  • Pepper Ann Pearson (voiced by Kathleen Wilhoite) is the titular protagonist of the series, who is a bespectacled, 12-year-old girl whose emotions come out in fantasies. She is of Jewish faith from her mother's side (as stated in the holiday-themed episode).
  • Nicky Anais Little (voiced by Clea Lewis) is Pepper Ann's blonde-haired best friend, who is a shy and timid over-achiever.
  • Milo Kamalani (voiced by Danny Cooksey) is Pepper Ann's other best friend, who is a laid-back artist.
  • Lydia Pearson (voiced by April Winchell) is the mother of Pepper Ann and Moose.
  • Margaret Rose "Moose" Pearson (voiced by Pamela Adlon) is Pepper Ann's stoic younger 7-year-old sister.


  • Principal Hickey (voiced by Don Adams) is Hazelnut Middle School's tough disciplinarian with zero-tolerance for Pepper Ann's shenanigans. This was Adams's final role on television.
  • Vera Groober-Schwartz (voiced by Paddi Edwards) is Hazelnut Middle School's secretary.
  • Roland Carter (voiced by Jim Cummings) is a science teacher at Hazelnut Middle School who is passionate about what he teaches. He is known for giving Pepper Ann detention slips, but does believe that she can be a good student even when she successfully does her assignments.
  • Abriola Stark (voiced by April Winchell) is the math teacher at Hazelnut Middle School who is also in charge of the drama club.
  • Janie Lilly Diggety (voiced by Susan Tolsky) is Pepper Ann and Moose's aunt and Lydia's sister who served in the Peace Corps.
  • JoJo Diggety (voiced by Tino Insana) is Pepper Ann and Moose's uncle and Janie's husband who works as a cop.
  • Trinket St. Blair (voiced by Jenna von Oÿ) is a spoiled, rich, popular girl who is Pepper Ann's nemesis.
  • Cissy Rooney (voiced by Kath Soucie) is an air-headed popular girl who is Trinket's best friend.
  • Dieter Lederhosen (voiced by Jeff Bennett) is a German immigrant in Pepper Ann's class who loves food, especially strudel.
  • Tessa & Vanessa James (both voiced by Cree Summer) are two gossipy black twin sisters who finish each other's sentences.
  • Peter "Pink-Eye Pete" Oglevee (voiced by Jeff Bennett) is a nerdy kid who suffers from pink eye.
  • Craig Bean (voiced by Jeff Bennett) is the "cool" 8th grader and Pepper Ann's love interest.
  • Alice Kane (voiced by Lauren Tom) is Pepper Ann's nerdy rival.
  • Gwen Mezzrow (voiced by Kimmy Robertson) is a bubbly girl who constantly alternates between stalking Milo and being entirely uninterested in him in favor of Dieter.
  • Sketch (voiced by Karen Duffy) is an 8th grader that Pepper Ann admires for her "coolness".

Broadcast and home media[edit]

Pepper Ann was aired as part of the Disney's One Saturday Morning block on ABC from 1997 to 2001. Reruns were also shown on Disney's One Too on UPN during the 2000–01 season, and later on Disney Channel, and on Toon Disney until 2008.

All 65 episodes of the series were released on Disney+ on September 8, 2021,[5] with the episodes from seasons 4–5 listed under season 3 on the platform and most of the season 5's episode segments that are in mismatched order.[6]

Internationally, the show aired on the likes of GMTV and RTÉ


  1. ^ Animation outsourced to Sunwoo Entertainment and The Hana Animation Company.


  1. ^ Mallory, Michael (March 19, 2000). "Move Over, Old Men". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 3, 2022.
  2. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 451. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 267–268. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  4. ^ Gerston, Jill (November 23, 1997). "SIGNOFF; A Spunky Heroine Navigates Adolescence". The New York Times. Retrieved August 12, 2011.
  5. ^ Johnson, Zach (August 17, 2021). "Everything New You Can Stream on Disney+ in September 2021". D23. Retrieved August 17, 2021.
  6. ^ Pepper Ann on Disney+ Edit this at Wikidata

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