Western Animation: Peppa Pig
is a British animated television series created, directed and produced by Astley Baker Davies (who also make Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom
) and distributed by eOne Entertainment. Debuted in 2004 and ended in 2012.
The series centers on Peppa and her family and friends. The pig family consists of:
- Peppa Pig: A young girl pig
- George Pig: Peppa's younger brother
- Daddy Pig: Peppa and George's father
- Mummy Pig: Peppa and George's mother
Other characters are other anthropomorphic animals whose names always start with the first letter of the name of the animal they represent. Popular enough in the UK to have an entire section of a children's theme park (Paulton's Park) called Peppa Pig World open in 2011.
Tropes seen in Peppa Pig:
- All Balloons Have Helium: in Mummy Pig's Birthday
- Alliterative Name: Peppa Pig, and most of her friends (Danny Dog, Suzy Sheep, Zoe Zebra, Pedro Pony, Rebecca Rabbit, et al.)
- Even Peppa and her friends agree that they like it when their names start with the same letter as the name of the species they are. For example, in "Mummy Rabbit's Bump", Peppa and some of her friends get to pick out a name for Mummy Rabbit's baby. Pedro's suggestions elicit strong questioning/rejection.
Pedro: Sharon Rabbit.
Suzy: I don't think so.
Peppa: Sharon Rabbit sounds wrong...
Pedro: Michael Rabbit.
Peppa, Suzy and Rebecca: Michael Rabbit?!? No!
- Joey Kangaroo averts this trope. However, he still has a Punny Name.
- George Pig and Chloe Pig are more obvious aversions.
- Alliterative Title: Peppa Pig.
- Alternative Foreign Theme Song: The Japanese version uses "Colorful Fanfare" by ROCO as its theme song.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: All of the parents featured in "School Play".
- Bigger on the Inside: Peppa's house looks to be about four or five "Daddy Pig"s across when they are standing outside of it. Plenty of room indoors, though.
- Bilingual Bonus: In "Pen Pal," Peppa gets a French pen pal who she also talks with on the phone and later meets. It transpires that Mommy Pig is fairly fluent in French. Daddy Pig claims to be, but is actually awful.
- Birthday Episode: LOTS of them.
- Blah Blah Blah: "That's how daddies talk."
- Blind Without 'Em: Daddy Pig & Pedro Pony.
- Bumbling Dad: Daddy Pig can be this.
- Captain Obvious: The Narrator
- Characterization Marches On: When first introduced in her introductory episode, Emily Elephant was shy and modest, however in the same episode onwards, after winning a loud animal sound making contest on recess, she has become more cheerful and outgoing.
- Child Prodigy: "Edmond Elephant is a clever clogs."
- Christmas Episode: "Santa's Grotto" and the follow-up "Santa's Visit."
- Cloudcuckoolander: Grampy Rabbit.
- Cool Old Lady: Madame Gazelle is old enough to have taught the parents, plays a mean guitar, used to be in a band, and was a world champion skiier.
- Cute but Cacophonic: In the Spain Dub, When Richard cries, he sounds like he's shrieking.
- Baby Alexander's wailing is loud enough to be heard from quite a while away. (although it's justified, since he is a baby)
- Disappeared Dad: Danny Dog's father has been sailing around the world.
- Even Suzy Sheep's father is never seen or heard of.
- Everybody Laughs Ending
- Often laughing so hard that they are all on their backs.
- "Far Side" Island: In the episode 'Desert Island'.
- Fantasy Helmet Enforcement: In a variant, in the first two series, Peppa, George and friends are not seen wearing seat belts in their car, OR wearing bike helmets. From 2009 onwards, all characters appear with both in requisite situations and the creators of the show took the retroactive remedy of editing all older episodes to also feature belts and helmets where applicable.
- Fat and Proud: Daddy Pig.
- Fawlty Towers Plot: Daddy Pig Puts Up A Picture
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Grandpa Pig got away with saying "stupid" in at least one episode.
- Have You Tried Rebooting?: It almost always works. In one episode, Grandpa Pig does this to his broken computer, which announces that it is now even more broken.
- Insistent Terminology: In Grandpa Pig's Train To The Rescue, Gertrude is not a little train, she is a miniature locomotive. In order, this is insisted by Grandpa Pig, Peppa, all the other passengers, then finally Mrs Rabbit (whose big train had broken down.)
- Kids Prefer Boxes: George ended up playing with the box instead when his parents took too long setting up the fancy electronic car he got in the Christmas episode.
- Large Ham: Grampy Rabbit, played by BRIAN BLESSED, who is quite a hammy actor himself.
- Leaving Food For Santa: In "Santa's Grotto", Grandpa Pig leaves Santa a mince pie and an unspecified drink. Given British tradition, it was probably sherry. A carrot is also left for Santa's reindeer.
- Little Miss Snarker: Peppa occasionally.
- Mad Libs Catch Phrase: The Narrator:
"[Character] likes [what is currently happening]. Everybody likes [what is currently happening]."
- Ocular Gushers: The infants (most often George) cry a shower of tears a lot in the show.
- Parental Bonus: There's quite a few jokes which are too subtle to be picked up by children, but an adult can find it mildly humorous, mostly delivered by Daddy Pig and Grampy Rabbit.
- Pluto Is Expendable: Pluto is excluded when the planets are mentioned at the museum.
- Justified in that Pluto had been denounced as a planet when the episode was made. Most schools don't teach Pluto is a planet anymore and many, if not most, museums removed it from planetariums.
- Recycled Soundtrack: Justified Trope. Richard Rabbit and George are both two years old. They don't have much of a vocabulary.
- Running Gag
- George's obsession with dinosaurs. "George, you always say 'dinosaur'!"
- Jumping up and down in muddy puddles because "everybody loves jumping up and down in muddy puddles." Even the adults.
- Santa Claus: In "Peppa's Christmas," both Peppa and George get to meet Santa. The episode seems to imply that the only reason Santa goes up and down the chimney is because he never thought of simply using the door. The vocal credits for the episode list "Father Christmas as himself."
- School Play: Pedro develops Performance Anxiety; Madame Gazelle joins him on stage.
- Shout-Out: The trip to Grandpa Pig's Dinosaur park has Grandpa Pig welcoming everyone in the manner of Richard Attenborough in Jurassic Park.
- Species Surname
- Sick Episode: Three of them.
- Take That: In "International Day", the kids dress up like people from different countries. They start arguing. When Madame Gazelle asks if they think that actual countries behave like that, Peppa says "Don't they?"
- Tempting Fate: Daddy Pig gives Mummy Pig a hard time about flipping pancakes too low. When he gets his chance, it gets stuck to the ceiling.
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Related: Pedro's father is an optometrist, but Pedro is the only child that needs glasses.
- The Ditz: (Sorta) Pedro.
- The Mountains of Illinois: The series never says where it is set. It is supposed to be somewhere in the UK, but things like high, alpine mountains, which aren't found in the UK, appear.
- Also in most foreign dubs, the dub will change the setting to where the dub takes place. For example, the Brazilian Portuguese version is supposed to have the series set in Brazil despite the fact snow-topped mountains and hills lined with temperate climate vegetation appear.
- The Other Darrin: Peppa has had three voice actors. However, other characters voiced by children still have their original voice actors.
- Theme Tune Cameo: Peppa, her classmates and Daddy Pig play a lively rock-and-roll version of the theme tune in "Shake, Rattle and Bang" to end the episode. The same tune is then played over the closing credits.
- Through a Face Full of Fur: Rebecca Rabbit does it all the time.
- Unnamed Parent: All of Peppa's adult relatives are like this. So everyone calls Peppa's father "Daddy Pig", even his wife, his coworkers and his own father-in-law.
- Verbal Tic: Everyone. The Pigs snort after every other sentence, while friends of other species sometimes emit their best known sound.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: Grandpa Pig and Grandad Dog.
- What Are Records?: Averted. When Peppa and George find a record player in Granny and Grandpa's attic, both seem to immediately recognize what it's for and Peppa asks them to play the record that they found with it.
- Why Do You Keep Changing Jobs?: Miss Rabbit doing every random job going is a running joke. Firewoman, supermarket checkout, museum shop, bus driver, train driver, Christmas tree sales ... Lampshaded in "Miss Rabbit's Day Off", in which everyone has to fill in for all her jobs, and in "The Queen" in which Miss Rabbit receives an award from The Queen for being 'The Hardest Worker In the Land'.
- Apparently played with in the episode where she is about to give birth. It is revealed that in fact, Miss Rabbit is also a Nurse that works at the hospital and that her-never-before-revealed sister, Mummy Rabbit, is the one that gives birth.
- Yes Virginia: "Peppa’s Christmas"