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 show is based on a National Film Board of Canada cartoon short of the same name, created by Kai Pindal.
The show is produced by WGBH in Boston and 9 Story Entertainment in Toronto. In the US, this show airs in the US on WGBH, Discovery Kids, and TLC as part of its commercial-free and sponsor-free "Ready Set Learn!" programming block In Canada, it airs on TVOntario. Show 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 as part of an education and outreach program. The principal investigator is Kate Taylor, also of the ZOOM block.
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 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.
|Episode Name||Concepts Introduced||Characters|
|All Fall Down||Falling Leaves||Peep, Squeak|
|Bedtime Story||The Day You Are Born||Quack|
|Birds of a Feather||Feathers, Finding its Owner||Peep, Chirp, Hoot|
|Big Bird||Robins, Flying||Chirp, Robin|
|Bridge the Gap||Bridges, Moving Water, Pinecones||Peep, Chirp, Quack|
|Chirp Builds a Nest||Building, Balancing, Measuring Length||Chirp, Peep|
|Chirp's Flight Program||Flying, Practicing||Chirp|
|Chirp Flies the Coop||Changing Seasons||Chirp, Robin|
|Chirp Sorts It Out||Collections||Chirp|
|Count Them Out||Collections, Counting, Acorns, Orange Soda||Chirp, Peep, Quack, Squirrel|
|Current Events||Floating, Boats||Peep, Nellie|
|A Daring Duck||Measuring Distance, Flying||Quack, Chirp|
|The Deep Duck Woods||Getting Lost||Quack|
|A Delicate Balance||Sunflower Seeds||Chirp|
|The Disappearing Drink||Measuring Volume, Water||Chirp, Quack|
|Door Tour||Measuring Size||Peep|
|Dry Duck, Part I||Receding Pond Water, Dams, Friends Moving Away||Beaver Boy, Quack|
|Dry Duck, Part II||Receding Pond Water, Dams, Fish||Beaver Boy, Quack|
|A Duck's Tale||Skunks||Quack|
|Fair Shares||Portions, Division||Peep, Chirp, Quack|
|Faster than a Duck||Speed||Quack, Rabbit, Beaver Boy, Ant|
|The Feats of Peep||Pulling, String||Peep, Chirp, Quack|
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.