Western Animation / Peep And The Big Wide World
Peep and the Big Wide World (2004-) is an animated cartoon that teaches math, nature and basic science concepts to children. The main characters include a baby chicken named Peep and his friends Quack, a blue eggplant-penguin creature that's supposedly a duck
, and Chirp, a red 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.
The show has a very large Periphery Demographic
due to good writing, interesting characters and Parental Bonus
Most of the episodes involve them solving some problem or having some adventure, made ever more difficult read: hilarious
by their simplicity and ignorance due to being, well, baby animals. But, there are many reccurring plotlines, including Chirp trying to learn how to fly, an episode centered around Quack and his singing, or Peep and Chirp trying to get to Green Island.
The show is currently on hiatus; no new episodes are planned at the moment, but the creators have expressed hope to make more in the future.
Peep and the Big Wide World provides examples of:
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: A blue duck. Yeah.
- Although Quack looks more purple than blue, and this is lampshaded by Chirp in one episode. He still insists that he's blue, though.
- During night scenes he's definitely blue. Day scenes amp up the purple tones but he's still fairly blue.
- Armless Biped: Peep and Quack. They have no arms whatsoever. So they hold things in their beaks (like actual birds).
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Peep. Justified because he's still young and extremely curious.
Peep: (in the midst of Quack and Chirp bickering) What's that interesting sound?
- Attention Whore: Quack. He thinks that ducks are the best animal ever.
Quack: It's a duck's world Chirp.
- Breakout Character: Quack has more episodes to himself than the title character!
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: The characters interact with the narrator sometimes. The narrator herself expresses Medium Awareness sometimes too.
- Cats Are Mean: Tom, who is the closest thing to a major antagonist the show has.
- Chained Heat: Quack and Chirp at first in "In A bind". Eventually they get used to each other, and start to get along, neither of them realizing that that the string that held them together broke a day earlier
- Con Artist: The Raccoon.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: A number of characters, namely Squeak the mouse and Beaver Boy.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Hoot the owl.
- Deadpan Snarker:
Quack: (panicking) THERE'S SOMETHING IN MY POND AND IT'S COLD AND WET!
Chirp: Yeah. It's called water.
- The narrator dabbles in this sometimes, too.
- Distaff Counterpart: An episode had a pink female duck that looks like Quack. Acts like Quack too. Oh, and she's also named Quack.
- Feather Fingers: Played straight with Chirp, one of the few with visible wings that she sometimes uses but she uses them mostly to gesticulate.
- Gender Flip: In the original short film, Chirp was male. In the main series, she's female.
- Peep is an interesting variant. He was originally written as male, but when the original short was remade in 1988 he was referred to with female pronouns. The series keeps him a male, however.
- Giant Flyer: Hoot the owl, who fits the criteria of normal sized flyers, large flying predators and deus ex machina airlines all at the same time.
- Help, I'm Stuck!: One entire episode focused around this trope.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Tom, in his debut episode, hand in hand with Cat Up a Tree.
- Hypocritical Humor: In the episode with Quack 2, she insults Quack's way of walking and says that only "squinks" walk like that, but when she shows off her walk to show that it's different it's EXACTLY like Quack's.
- In that same episode, Quack complains that Quack 2 is demanding, takes up a lot of space, and sneezes on others...while he's doing exactly the same thing with Peep and Chirp.
- Informed Species: If not for the tiny cockscomb on his head, you probably wouldn't know Peep was a chicken. Quack looks very little like a duck too (Quack actually looks more like a penguin without wings). Humorously lampshaded when Quack happens upon a hunting decoy of a more realistic looking duck. While Quack somehow recognized it as a duck (but doesn't seem to realize that it isn't alive), everyone else is skeptical on the grounds that it looks nothing like him. Chirp is the only one who seems fairly close to her species.
- Interactive Narrator: Happens once in a while.
- I Remember It Like It Was Yesterday:
Peep: In fact, it was!
- Large Ham: Quack.
- Lemony Narrator: Well, it is Joan Cusack.
- Nervous Wreck: Squeak the Mouse.
- Nice Hat: Quack wears a tiny little sailor hat. We're not sure where he got it either.
- The Nicknamer: Beaver boy calls Quack, Peep and Chirp "Blue Sailor", "Yellow Guy" and "Red Round" respectively.
- Not Allowed to Grow Up: Peep will forever remain a baby chicken, even though they've been through too may winters to count. Also, Chirp stays a fledgling.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In the pilot, when Quack falls asleep ontop of a flower the birds were taking care of, he is very remorseful.
- Only Sane Woman: Chirp. Nelly fills this role when it's not Chirp.
- The Owl-Knowing One: Hoot.
- Punny Name: Newton is a turtle who lives under a crabapple tree and is always getting hit with said apples.
- She's a Man in Japan: Much like in the original short, the Korean dub makes Peep a female and Chirp a male. Also, Hoot the owl was turned into a male as well.
- Team Mom: Nelly the dog acts as this to the birds.
- Title Theme Tune: somewhat averted, but they do say "It's a Big Wide World..." at least twice.
- Too Dumb to Live: Most of the characters are kind of dumb, but three are of special note.
- Beaver Boy, who is so dumb that the rest of the cast thinks he's stupid, even compared to them.
- The Blue Jays, who were stupid enough that the narrator actually calls them out on it.
Narrator: The Blue Jays aren't smart enough to follow directions and push things at the same time, so things took longer than expected.
- Two Guys and a Girl: Peep (male), Quack (male), and Chirp (female)
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Chirp and Quack, notably in "in a bind".
- Vocal Evolution: Due to the real-life time gap between season three and four, this happened in season four. Peep's voice lowered and Chirp's becoming so high it was virtually unrecognizable. While not as prominent, Quack's voice also sounds slightly higher. This didn't sit well with long-time fans.