Wibbly Pig

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Wibbly Pig is the title character of a series of picture books for young children, written and illustrated by English author and illustrator Mick Inkpen. The series includes titles such as Wibbly Pig Likes Bananas (ISBN 0-340-75740-X) and Is It Bedtime Wibbly Pig?. Like Inkpen's Kipper the Dog for slightly older readers, Wibbly Pig has been published internationally and has sold millions of copies worldwide.[1]

The series are generally published as "board books", books with thick cardboard pages which are easier for very young children to turn and also more durable and easier to clean than normal books. Some of the Wibbly Pig books also have activity features such as flaps which can be lifted to reveal additional art.

Wibbly Pig is a favourite of pre-school children and an ideal introduction to simple ideas through intelligent yet basic text and questions.

Wibbly Pig is often accompanied by his favourite toys Pigley, Flop and Dimple.[citation needed] He carries a bunch of his friends he calls the "Fligley Imple".

Besides the books, Wibbly Pig has been made into other merchandise as well, such as stuffed toys. A boxed-set version of Is It Bedtime Wibbly Pig? (ISBN 0-340-89306-0) exists which includes a small beanie-style Wibbly.

Wibbly Pig is very similar to Arnold, the young pig friend of Inkpen's Kipper the Dog. It is possible that they represent the same character.

Like Kipper, Wibbly Pig also exists in the form of a life-sized costumed character who can greet and interact with children at special events such as library story hours.

Television series[edit]

Wibbly Pig
Directed byJez Hall
Voices ofLiam Tully
Zoe Fraser
Heather Bambrick
Jacob Ewaniuk
Nathan Henry
Duncan Innes
Mark Ramsay
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Canada
Production
Executive producersSteven Jarosz
Iain Lauchlan
Natalie Osborne
ProducersWill Brenton
Helen Cadwallader
Vince Commisso
Production companiesWish Films
9 Story Entertainment
Distributor9 Story Entertainment (North America/Latin America)[2]
BBC Worldwide (Internationally)[3]
Release
Original networkCanada
TVOKids
Knowledge Kids
United Kingdom
CBeebies
Original release5 October 2009 (2009-10-05) –
15 March 2010 (2010-03-15)

Wibbly Pig is a British-Canadian children's television series by Wish Films and 9 Story Entertainment. The TV series was broadcast on CBeebies weekdays at 3:30pm (except Wednesdays) from Monday 7 September 2009. On 2 January 2012, it was announced on PBS Kids Sprout. The new series premiered on Sprout with the new season of The Good Night Show, on August 27. It aired on Qubo from January 1, 2018 to February 26, 2021. In Canada, the series aired on TVOKids and Knowledge Kids.

Wibbly Pig is voiced by Liam Tully in Canada and by Macaulay Keeper in the UK, while Zoe Fraser is the voice of the narrator. Spotty Pig, Twin Pig 1, and Twin Pig 2 are voiced by Jacob Ewaniuk. Also, in the UK, most adult voices are by Yvette-Rosette Duncan, while others are provided by Teresa Gallegher.

A Welsh language version, titled 'Wibli Sochyn y Mochyn' was broadcast on S4C[4]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Squiggle/Shadows"5 October 2009 (2009-10-05)
2"Castle/Flowerpots"6 October 2009 (2009-10-06)
3"Wibbly Can't Sleep/Cushion Mountain"7 October 2009 (2009-10-07)
4"Telescope/Star"8 October 2009 (2009-10-08)
5"Balloons/Boat"9 October 2009 (2009-10-09)
6"Noise/Dance"12 October 2009 (2009-10-12)
7"Everyone Hide!/Tent"13 October 2009 (2009-10-13)
8"Car/Spaceship"14 October 2009 (2009-10-14)
9"Bubbles/Big Aunt Larlie"15 October 2009 (2009-10-15)
10"Sandcastle/Snowman"16 October 2009 (2009-10-16)
11"Rocking Horse/Orchestra"9 November 2009 (2009-11-09)
12"Grandpa Pig/Robot"10 November 2009 (2009-11-10)
13"Footprints/Puddle"11 November 2009 (2009-11-11)
14"Sneezes/Hats"3 December 2009 (2009-12-03)
15"Jungle/Tickly Sweater"4 December 2009 (2009-12-04)
16"Picnic/Self Portrait"24 December 2009 (2009-12-24)
17"Friends/Circus"23 January 2010 (2010-01-23)
18"Kite/Trampoline"24 January 2010 (2010-01-24)
19"Giant/Elephant"1 February 2010 (2010-02-01)
20"Mudpie/Umbrella"2 February 2010 (2010-02-02)
21"Rubber Ball/Train"3 February 2010 (2010-02-03)
22"Caterpillar/Dragon"4 February 2010 (2010-02-04)
23"Tiger/Cloud"5 February 2010 (2010-02-05)
24"Bus/Airplane"11 March 2010 (2010-03-11)
25"Chicken/Dream"12 March 2010 (2010-03-12)
26"String/Home in Time for a Treat"15 March 2010 (2010-03-15)

References[edit]

  • "Wibbly Pig to meet young fans", Coventry Evening Telegraph of March 19, 2004
  • "Saying Much with Few (or No) Words", Boston Globe of August 20, 2000

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