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Peep and the Big Wide World

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.

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 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.

Episodes

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

Minor Characters

  • Nellie, the dog
  • Newton, the turtle who lives under an apple tree
  • Squeak, the mouse
  • The blue jays
  • Beaver Boy, Quack's friend and swimming companion
  • Hummingbirds, who do not speak except for the humming of their wings
  • Squirrel, who uses motions to communicate
  • Fish Jr.
  • Hoot, the owl
  • Raccoon
  • Tom, the cat
  • The Ants
  • Rabbits
  • Willow, the female turtle who lives under a Willow Tree
  • Robin (Guest Star) voiced by Holly Hunter
  • Quack #2 (Guest Star) voiced by Megan Mullally

Performers

The show is narrated by Joan Cusack.

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.

Quotes

Quack

  • "You guys broke it. His inner weasel is all hanging out and stuff!"
  • "I'll be your Quack. Your very first duck."
  • "A duck is not a duck without his hat."
  • (sung) "Oh, there's nothing like a duck. You can look, but you won't have any luck"
  • "Of course I'm a duck! I have all the duck bits! The bill. The webbed feet. The cute tail. The sailor hat."
  • "I always wanted to be the hero of all squirrels; I just thought it'd never happen"
  • "The first thing you need to know is that ducks are the greatest animal of all."
  • "All I want to do right now, is put on my hat and go sit in my puddle."
  • "I quack...quack quack...Chirp chirps....quack quack...and Peep here peeps...quack quack....kinda like that."
  • "I AM NOT LOUD! I'm exuberant."
  • "When I say 'ouch', stop pulling."
  • "I've told you, flying is for the birds!"
  • "I was born blue, I was raised blue, and by golly I'll stay blue."
  • (Sung) "Is there anything better than ducks? No. There's nothing better than ducks. So sing hey, sing ho for ducks, Woah --especially ducks underwater!"
  • "I need a break from being freed!"
  • (sung)" Oh I wish I was a duck! Hey, look I already am! What a stroke of luck! Glad I'm not a purple ham!"

Chirp

  • "Oh, every bird should have a home. And every home a bird. If you build yourself a home. You can fly, I heard. Honestly I didn't hear it. I just made it up. But it makes sense. I need a place to live and act grown up."
  • "Flying birds have nests! I bet if I had one of those, I could fly, too!"
  • (gasp) "A talking log! Oh log, I'm such a big fan of the work that you and the trees are doing for us birds."
  • (sigh)"oh brother...."

Peep

  • "As if things weren't already hard enough for a one-day-old. Now I have to walk around a whole can."
  • "Quack, you shouldn't put things that you find in your mouth. They may be someone's hobby."
  • "I lost a whole duck!"
  • "I guess this just goes to prove something...but I don't know what."

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