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Peep and the Big Wide World
Format Animated television series
Created by Kaj Pindal
Starring Scott Beaudin as Peep
Amanda Soha as Chirp
Jamie Watson as Quack
Country of origin United States and Canada
Production
Producer(s) WGBH Boston
9 Story Entertainment
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel The Learning Channel (2004-2009)

Discovery Kids (2004-2010) TVOntario MBC3 (Middle East)

Disney Channel Asia (Philippines)
Original run July 21, 2004 – present

Peep and the Big Wide World is an animated cartoon that teaches nature and basic science concepts to preschoolers. The main characters include a baby chicken named Peep and his friends Quack, a duck, and Chirp, a robin. The current show, narrated by Joan Cusack is based on a National Film Board of Canada cartoon short of the same name, created in 1988 by Kaj Pindal and narrated by Peter Ustinov.[1] The original short was comprised of three 10-minute films featuring Peep, Chirp, and Quack as they meet a cat, a ladybug, a turtle and a frog who speaks from both sides of his mouth.

The show is produced by WGBH in Boston and 9 Story Entertainment in Toronto. In the US, this show airs on WGBH-TV, Discovery Kids, and The Learning Channel as part of its commercial-free and sponsor-free "Ready Set Learn!" programming block.[2] In Canada, it airs on TVOntario. DVDs and books are also available for purchase. Peep and the Big Wide World is currently sponsored by the National Science Foundation in conjunction with WGBH-TV as part of an education and outreach program. The principal investigator is Kate Taylor, also of the ZOOM block.

Contents

Overview

Young 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.

Peep (voiced by Scott Beaudin) is a chick who lives in a can near a trash dump. Chirp (Amanda Soha) is a young robin living on a nearby tree branch. Several episodes depict her trying to learn to fly. Quack (Jamie Watson), the oldest of the three, is a duck who lives in a nearby pond. Quack often mentions his high opinion of ducks. Chirp is often depicted as the most out-spoken of the trio, often pointing out mistakes made by Quack and Peep. Peep is depicted as a kind, but wide-eyed character, easily becoming distracted by falling leaves, sunflowers, new noises, and the like.

Season 1 Episodes

(This list is incomplete) Episode consist of two 9 minute animated segments, each followed by a 2 minute live-action segment. Occasionally, networks such as TVO will use individual segments as filler for commercial-free programming.

# Original Airdate Title Plot/Notes
1/1-1 April 12, 2004 "Spring Thing" Spring. It's winter, it's blah, and everything looks dead. Can Peep, Quack, and Chirp survive until spring? When the birds find a purple flower in the winter (which they believe to be the last one in the world), they try to protect it.
"Springy Thingy" Springs. Peep discovers his inner bounce when he encounters a frog, a spring mattress, and a jack-in-the-box.
2/1-2 April 13, 2004 "A Duck's Tale" After meeting a skunk for the very first time, Quack discovers a surprising flaw in duck design. Quack is inspired to examine the various defenses that many animals have.
"Quack's Tracks" Animal tracks. On a snowy, winter day Peep loses Quack and uses his tracks to find him.
3/1-3 April 14, 2004 "Quack and the Very Big Rock" Quack gets very angry and frustrated when a rock gets in his way of visiting Peep, but he refuses to go around it so the gang tries to help get it out of his way, but they need help.
"Shadow Play" The birds discover their shadows and how they change with the movement of the sun — then use them to teach Tom (that trouble-making cat!) a lesson.
4/1-4 April 15, 2004 "Current Events" Peep borrows a toy boat from Nellie's yard and sets off with Chirp for the mysterious, unreachable Green Island where Quack is visiting.
"Quack Loses his Hat" In order to save Quack, who's stuck inside a pickle jar, Peep must figure out how to float a duck.
5/1-5 April 15, 2004 "Night Lights" When Quack wakes up too early, he thinks the sun is gone!
"Sounds Like..." When Chirp hears a bird singing a beautiful song, she tries to show it to Peep when too many noises annoy her!
6/1-6 April 19, 2004 "The Windy Day" A windy day makes Chirp long to fly, but when she accidentally gets aloft, she discovers it isn't as easy as it looks.
"Peep Feet" The birds learn about the benefit of standard measurement.
7/1-7 April 20, 2004 "Newton's Big Adventure"
"Peep Crosses the Road"
8/1-8 April 21, 2004 "Stormy Weather" Peep's first encounter with thunder and lightning makes for a wet and tumultuous day.
"Peep in Rabbitland" Peep learns about a rabbit's perspective on life.
9/1-9 April 22, 2004 "Quack's Stuck Stick" Peep discovers a beaver dam and a young, toothy beaver, while Quack loses his favorite stick.
"Peep's Can" Peep searches for a house he can call...home.

Other Episodes

(This list is incomplete)

All Fall Down

Spooked by falling leaves, Squeak the mouse warns Peep that the entire sky will soon be tumbling down.

Marble Mover

Peep discovers that if you ever need help getting a marble up a hill, all you need to do is ask a Duck.

The Red Ballmoon

Chirp has a perilous adventure when she meets up with a big, red balloon.

Bedtime Story

Everyone likes to hear stories about the day they were born, right? (As long as Quack's not the storyteller!)

Birds of a Feather

Peep discovers a beautiful feather, then sets out to find its rightful owner.

Big Bird

Chirp meets an adult robin who can sing, build nests, take baths, and fly!

Bridge the Gap

The birds discover pine-cones but must build a bridge to reach them.

Chirp Builds a Nest

Desperate to fly, Chirp wonders if building a nest will help her?

Chirp's Flight Program

Chirp's flying practice really takes off when she decides to copy what other birds do.

Chirp Flies the Coop

Chirp tries to decide whether to go south with Robin, or stay and face another dreary winter.

Chirp Sorts It Out (sort of)

Chirp's interest in collecting soon becomes a full-fledged mania.

Count Them Out

Okay, so you have a large collection, but no way of knowing how large, exactly.

A Daring Duck

Quack vows to eat his hat if Chirp finds a way to fly across his pond.

The Deep Duck Woods

It's not the Deep Dark Woods, it's the Deep Duck Woods! And "duck" is always good, especially when you're lost.

A Delicate Balance

The birds figure out how to reach sunflower seeds.

The Disappearing Drink

Someone is stealing Chirp's water.

Door Tour

Peep's can would be absolutely perfect if it only had a door.

Dry Duck, Part I

Beaver Boy moves away, leaving behind a sad duck.

Dry Duck, Part II

Beaver Boy has left town and Quack's pond has dried up. Coincidence?

Fair Shares

The birds figure out how to share two crackers among the three of them.

Faster Than a Duck

The local animals all race to see who is the fastest.

The Feats of Peep

Peep is one mighty chick, capable of pulling huge loads with a tiny piece of string.

Finders, Keepers

Quack finds a slice of bread. Should he listen to his duck wisdom, which is telling him to save it for a rainy day?

Finding Time

Here's the good news: Quack is turning into a duck-fish! Here's the bad news: it's a little hard to prove.

The Fish Museum

Poor Fish Jr. She wants so much to wear sneakers and sit in a tree. Can Quack make her dreams come true?

Flipping Newton

The birds try leverage to right a flipped Newton.

Flower Shower

Chirp discovers a pink cherry orchard.

Give Me a Call

Quack tries to track down an incredibly annoying sound.

Go West Young Peep

Peep and Chirp try to discover where the sun goes at night.

Hear Here

Quack decides to give a concert.

Hide and Go Peep

The birds play hide and go seek.

Hoop Tricks

Chirp finds a bracelet and discovers all the amazing things it can do.

I Spy a Spider

The birds discover a spider web.

In a Bind

Chirp finds a golden string.

The Incredible Shrinking Duck

Quack learns how snow melts.

The Last Straw

Peep and Chirp discover that a drinking straw has many uses.

The Many Moons of Quack the Duck

Quack insists that there are many moons in the sky—the day moon, the night moon, the orange moon, the striped moon...

Meeting Half-way

Newton is delighted to learn of another turtle and the birds arrange a meeting.

Mirror, Mirror in the Dump

The birds find a mirror.

M-U-D Spells Trouble

Mix mud and sun and what do you get? A stuck robin, that's what!

The Mystery of the Thing That Went and Came Back

Peep sets sail (accidentally) in the Good Ship Easter Egg.

Newton's Big Adventure

Newton the turtle sets out to explore.

Night Light

Afraid that the sun has forgotten to rise, Peep and Quack are relieved when they discover a flashlight.

Nosing Around

The birds try to find the source of a terrible smell.

One Duck Too Many

Another duck tries to move into Quack's pond.

Peep's Color Quest

The birds experiment with a pair of orange sunglasses.

Peep Crosses the Road

Peep discovers the answer to "Why did the chicken cross the road?"

Peep Deep in the Big Muddy

On a hot summer's day, Peep discovers a mucky, slimy, grimy way to cool off!

A Peep of a Different Color

Peep, Quack, and Chirp discover paint.

Peep Feet

The birds learn that a step means one thing to a cat, another thing to a rabbit, and something else altogether to a Peep.

Peep's Lost Leaf

One windy day, Peep spies the "perfect" leaf and decides to chase it down.

Peep's Moon Mission

Peep, Quack and Chirp argue over whether the moon is perfectly round.

Peep's New Friend

Peep befriends a caterpillar.

Peep's Night Out

Goaded by Squeak, Peep decides to experience life after dark.

Peep Plants a Seed

Peep discovers a patch of sunflowers and decides to grow one for himself.

Peep Prints

The birds discover you can make prints with berry juice.

Peep in Rabbitland

After falling into a rabbit hole and meeting three young bunnies, Peep decides to try life underground.

The Perils of Peep and Chirp

Emboldened by the ice, Peep and Chirp try to walk across Big Bay.

Quack and the Very Big Rock

Quack is utterly flummoxed when a big rock plants itself in a very inconsiderate spot.

Quack Goes Nuts

The birds help Squirrel get to his acorns.

Quack Hatches an Egg

Quack decides that a baby duck would make his pond even more perfect than it already is.

Quack Quack

If one smug, pompous, hilarious duck named Quack is good, then two must be better. Megan Mullally guest-stars as Quack #2.

Quack Quiets the Universe

Quack has another sleepless night.

Quack's Tracks

On the first snowy day of winter, Peep loses Quack, learns about footprints, and builds a snow duck.

The Real Decoy

Quack finds a decoy duck but refuses to admit that there's something strange about it.

Reflection Affection

The birds experiment with mirrors.

Robin in the Bat Cave

The birds play hide and seek again.

The Root Problem

There's a snake in Quack's pond.

Save It for Later

Chirp can't seem to protect her acorn collection from several ravenous squirrels and one thoughtless duck.

Smaller Than A Peep

Peep discovers a magnifying glass.

Snow Daze

Here's one more flaw in duck design: unlike beavers, ducks can't slide on their tails. (Or make great art.)

Sounds Like...

Peep and Chirp get lost, but use a range of familiar sounds to find their way home.

The Sounds of Silence, Part 1

Quack decides not to talk until Chirp begs him to.

The Sounds of Silence, Part 2

Chirp is stranded in a puddle and only Quack can save her.

Star Light, Star Bright

The birds wish upon a star.

Stick With Me

Peep goes in search of his favorite (lost) dandelion seed, and discovers that the world is full of sticky things.

Stuck Duck

Quack gets stuck in a hollow log.

That's a Cat

It's Peep's first day on earth, and all the other animals gather round to teach him about cats.

There's No Place Like Home

Quack sets out to prove that his pond is the best and biggest pond in all the world.

The Tooth, the Whole Tooth and Nothing but the Tooth

Beaver Boy loses a tooth.

Tree Feller

Beaver Boy is ready to cut down his first tree.

The Trip to Green Island

Peep and Chirp finally get to Green Island.

The Trouble with Bubbles

Quack discovers bubbles.

Under Duck

Quack discovers fish in his pond.

Wandering Beaver

Beaver Boy wants to visit Quack's pond but keeps getting lost.

The Whatchamacallit

The birds are determined to find out what a "whatchamacallit" is.

The Winter of Quack's Discontent

Quack's pond is covered with ice.

Who Stole the Big Wide World?

Well, wouldn't you ask that question if you woke up and the world was gray and everything in it was gone?

Season 4 episodes

Magic Duck Dance

When Quack dances suddenly an apple fall from a tree, and the second time he danced he cause the rain!

Quack's Square Deal

Chirp is collecting things that are square, so Quack starts a collection with pointy tips.

Chirp, Chirp, Tweet, Tweet, Chirp

Chirp tries to create her own birdsong.

You Can Count on Bunnies

Peep and Quack look for lost bunnies.

Bringing Spring

The birds help a young groundhog find her shadow.

Minor characters

  • Ant: (Voiced by Robert Tinkler) An ant who sometimes has trouble finding food for his colony.
  • Beaver Boy: (Voiced by Tessa Marshall)A young beaver who lives in an adjoining pond to Quack's.
  • Beaver Mom: Beaver Boy's mom.
  • Beaver Dad: (Voiced by Phil Williams) Beaver Boy's dad.
  • Dragonfly: (Voiced by Catherine Disher) A dragonfly.
  • Fish: Cohabitants of Quack's pond.
  • Hoot: (Voiced by Corinne Conley) A menacing, but kind owl who lives in the "Deep, Dark, Woods".
  • Nellie: (Voiced by Marium Carvell) A worldly dog at a nearby home who acts as a maternal figure to the birds.
  • Newton: (Voiced by Colin Fox) An old, male turtle who lives under a apple tree.
  • Quack #2: (Voiced by Megan Mullally) A pink duck who has her own pond, built by Quack #1, 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 skunk who lives near Quack's pond and drinks from it. Motto: Whatever.
  • Squeak: A timid mouse who lives under a discarded brick.
  • Tom: A mischievous cat who often causes trouble for Peep, Chirp, and Quack.
  • Willow: An old, female turtle who lives under a willow tree.

Music Composition

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.[3]

References

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