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:
- Blah Blah Blah: "That's how daddies talk."
- Blind Without 'Em: Daddy Pig & Pedro Pony. When both lose their glasses in separate episodes, they have a hard time telling what's what and who's who.
- Bumbling Dad: Daddy Pig can be this when he doesn't exactly know what he's doing.
- Captain Obvious: The Narrator normally makes unneeded comments on what's happening. Justified as the show is aimed at young children.
- 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" are about Christmas (and Santa).
- The Cobbler's Children Have No Shoes: Related: Pedro's father is an optometrist, but Pedro is the only child that needs glasses.
- 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.
- Suzy Sheep's father is never seen or heard of.
- 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. He doesn't see the point in being fit and is fond of his fat belly (though he believes it to be pure muscle).
- Fawlty Towers Plot: In Daddy Pig Puts Up A Picture, Daddy Pig accidentally breaks the wall when trying to put up a photo of Peppa and George. He manages to mend it before Mummy Pig returns and notices it, and he and the children pretend nothing's happened when she ends up putting up the photo herself.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: Grandpa Pig got away with saying "stupid" in at least one episode, which isn't ideal for little kids (the target audience) to hear.
- 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, who is overly eager and over-the-top at anything he does. Helps he's also 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.
- 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" has Peppa and George meeting Santa. The others believe in Santa but they initially don't believe that the two got to see him.