Peep and the Big Wide World

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Peep and the Big Wide World
GenreChildren's television series
Educational
Comedy
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 (240 segments)
Production
Executive producer(s)Kate Taylor
Producer(s)Vince Commisso
Marisa Wolsky
Running time22–25 minutes
Production company(s)WGBH Boston
9 Story Entertainment
TVOntario
Discovery Kids
Eggbox LLC
National Film Board of Canada
DistributorAlliance Atlantis (seasons 1-3)
American Public Television (seasons 4-5)
Release
Original networkTVOKids (Canada)
TLC (2004–08) and Discovery Family (2004–10) U.S.
PBS Kids Member Stations (seasons 4-5) (U.S.)
Picture formatNTSC
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releaseOriginal series:
April 12, 2004 (2004-04-12) – September 14, 2007 (2007-09-14)
Revival series:
January 4, 2010 (2010-01-04) –
October 14, 2011 (2011-10-14)
Other websites
Website

Peep and the Big Wide World (known as Peep) is an American-Canadian animated television program. It was created by Kaj Pindal.

Peep and the Big Wide World was based on the 1988 short movie Peep and the Big Wide World. The movie was produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The short was based on the 1962 short The Peep Show.[3] It was also produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

Peep and the Big Wide World premiered on April 12, 2004 on Discovery Kids and on TLC as part of their Ready Set Learn children's block. On the same day, it also premiered on TVOKids and Discovery Kids.

It ended on the Discovery children's networks on October 10, 2010. It ended with the end of Ready Set Learn and the replacement of Discovery Kids with The Hub. The program is still offered to public television stations by independent public television distributor Discovery Communications. Since January 1, 2018, the series was distributed by both Discovery Kids and APT. The program was underwritten by the National Science Foundation. Northrop Grumman underwrote the fourth season in 2009.

Each episode had two 9-minute animated stories. They also had two 2-minute live action segments. In these segments, children explore and demonstrate the same topic that were shown in the animated segment.

Broadcast[change | change source]

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 it's original run in 2004. The broadcast of the series ended on December 26, 2021, when it was replaced with reruns of Dinosaur Train to the 7:30 a.m. weekend morning timeslot. And then on February 1, 2023, Peep and the Big Wide World returned 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 it's original run in 2004.

References[change | change source]

  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. "The Peep Show". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 5 December 2015.

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