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Peep and the Big Wide World is an animated children's television series created by Canadian Animator Kaj Pindal and based on the 1988 short film Peep and the Big Wide World 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 and 9 Story Entertainment, in association with TVOntario and Discovery Kids and is distributed by Alliance Atlantis. 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. 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 and APT. Throughout its run, it has been underwritten by the National Science Foundation, with Northrop Grumman underwriting season four in 2010.

Contents

1 Overview 2 Episodes 3 Characters

3.1 Main 3.2 Minor

4 Music composition 5 References 6 External links

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] Main article: List of Peep and the Big Wide World episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired

First aired Last aired

1 26 April 12, 2004 (2004-04-12) May 17, 2004 (2004-05-17)

2 13 May 2, 2005 (2005-05-02) May 18, 2005 (2005-05-18)

3 10 April 16, 2007 (2007-04-16) September 14, 2007 (2007-09-14)

4 6 January 31, 2010 (2010-01-31) July 17, 2010 (2010-07-17)

5 5 October 10, 2011 (2011-10-10) October 14, 2011 (2011-10-14)

Characters[edit] Main[edit]

Peep (Voiced by Scott Beaudin): A male, yellow chicken who is very curious. 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. She is Peep's friend. Chirp is male in the original short film. Quack (Voiced by Jamie Watson): A male, blue duck who wears a white sailor's hat. 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. 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 lives in an adjoining pond to Quack's. He appears in several episodes. Beaver Mom: 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 Matthew Knight): A sly, male blue-and-black kitten who often tries to eat Peep, Chirp, and Quack. He is the sole antagonist.

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.[4] References[edit]

^ "Peep and the Big Wide World". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 26 April 2014.  ^ 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.  ^ "The Peep Show". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 5 December 2015.  ^ Opening video, with lyrics and credits on official page

External links[edit]

Official website Peep and the Big Wide World (Current series) on IMDb Peep and the Big Wide World (1988) on IMDb Kaj Pindal on IMDb WGBH 9 Story Entertainment National Science Foundation grant information Watch the original Peep and the Big Wide World at NFB.ca Read Goodman Research Group's executive summary of the Peep website evaluation Watch some of the harder to find episodes of Peep and the Big Wide World on Emmaton Entertainment®. Watch the ONLY remaining copy of I Spy A Spider here

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PBS Kids original programming

Current

Sesame Street (since 1969, second run since 2016) Arthur (since 1996) Cyberchase (since 2002) Bob the Builder (since 2005) The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! (since 2010) Wild Kratts (since 2011) Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood (since 2012) Peg + Cat (since 2013) Odd Squad (since 2014) Nature Cat (since 2015) Ready Jet Go! (since 2016) Splash and Bubbles (since 2016) Pinkalicious & Peterrific (since 2018)

Former

1960s–1980s debuts

Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001) The Electric Company (1971–1977) Zoom (1972–1978) 3-2-1 Contact (1980–1988) Powerhouse (1982–1983) Reading Rainbow (1983–2006) Newton's Apple (1983–1999) Kidsongs (1985–1998) Square One Television (1987–1992) Gerbert (1988–1991) Shining Time Station (1989–1995) Long Ago and Far Away (1989–1993) Thomas & Friends (1989–2017)

1990s debuts

Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (1991–1995) The Big Comfy Couch (1992–2006) Barney & Friends (1992–2009) Lamb Chop's Play Along (1992–1997) Ghostwriter (1992–95) Kino's Storytime (1992–97) Tots TV (1993–1998) Theodore Tugboat (1993–2001) Bill Nye the Science Guy (1993–1998) The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon (1993–1999) Katie and Orbie (1994–2002) The Magic School Bus (1994–1997) Globe Trekker (1994–2010) The Huggabug Club (1995–2000) The Puzzle Place (1995–1998) Wimzie's House (1995–1996) Wishbone (1995–2001) Groundling Marsh (1995–1997) Kratts' Creatures (1996) Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? (1996–1997) Adventures from the Book of Virtues (1996–2000) In the Mix (1996–2012) Teletubbies (1997–2001) Caillou (1997–2010) The Charlie Horse Music Pizza (1998–1999) Noddy (1998–2000) Jay Jay the Jet Plane (1998–2005) Elmo's World (1998–2009) Zoom (1999–2005) Zoboomafoo (1999–2001) Redwall (1999–2002) Dragon Tales (1999–2005)

2000s debuts

Between the Lions (2000–2010) The Dooley and Pals Show (2000–2003) Clifford the Big Red Dog (2000–2003) Corduroy (2000–2001) Elliot Moose (2000–2001) Marvin the Tap-Dancing Horse (2000–2002) George Shrinks (2000–2004) Seven Little Monsters (2000–2004) Timothy Goes to School (2000–01) Anne of Green Gables (2001–2002) Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat (2001–2002) DragonflyTV (2002–2008) Angelina Ballerina (2002–2006) Liberty's Kids (2002–2003) Make Way for Noddy (2002–2007) The Berenstain Bears (2003–2004) Boohbah (2003–2006) Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks (2003–2007) Clifford's Puppy Days (2003–2004) Franny's Feet (2004–2011) Curiosity Quest (2004–2015) Peep and the Big Wide World (2004–2011) Maya & Miguel (2004–2007) Postcards from Buster (2004–2012) It's a Big Big World (2005–2010) Danger Rangers (2005–2006) The Zula Patrol (2005–2008) Signing Time! (2006–2008) Wunderkind Little Amadeus (2006) Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman (2006–2010) Curious George (2006–2015) SeeMore's Playhouse (2006–2008) Design Squad (2007–2011) WordGirl (2007–2015) WordWorld (2007–2011) Super Why! (2007–2016) Mama Mirabelle's Home Movies (2007–2008) Animalia (2007–2008) Biz Kid$ (2008–2017) Betsy's Kindergarten Adventures (2008–2009) Sid the Science Kid (2008–2013) Martha Speaks (2008–2014) Lomax, the Hound of Music (2008) The Electric Company (2009–2011) Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps (2009–2010) Dinosaur Train (2009–2017)

2010s debuts

SciGirls (2010-2018) Mack & Moxy (2016)

Upcoming

Let's Go Luna! (Fall 2018) Molly of Denali (Summer 2019)

See also

PBS network shows Educational television PBS Kids Bookworm Bunch PBS Kids Go! PBS Kids Preschool Block

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Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Animated Program

Muppet Babies (1985) Muppet Babies (1986) Muppet Babies (1987) Muppet Babies (1988) The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1989) Beetlejuice/The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1990) Tiny Toon Adventures (1991) Rugrats (1992) Tiny Toon Adventures (1993) Rugrats (1994) Where on Earth Is Carmen Sandiego? (1995) Animaniacs (1996) Animaniacs (1997) Arthur (1998) Arthur (1999) Pinky, Elmyra & the Brain (2000) Arthur (2001) Madeline (2002) Rugrats (2003) Little Bill (2004) Peep and the Big Wide World (2005) Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks (2006) Arthur (2007) Curious George (2008) WordWorld (2009) Curious George (2010) The Penguins of Madagascar (2011) The Penguins of Madagascar (2012) Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2013) Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (2014) All Hail King Julien (2015) Niko and the Sword of