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 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.
Peep and the Big Wide World provides examples of:
- Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: A blue duck. Yeah
- Another episode had a pink female duck that looks like Quack. Acts like Quack too.
- Armless Biped: Peep and Quack. In fact, most of the major characters don't even have visible forelimbs. Like for example, Peep has 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 ducks 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.
- 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: Chirp.
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.
- 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, Peep was female and Chirp was male. In the main series, it's the other way around. Oh, and Quack was always a boy.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.