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He's one Cool Cat.

"Pete the cat
He's one groovy dude
He'll put you in
A happy mood!
He's got a funky style
And a cool attitude
Pete the cat
Yeah, he's all that
He knows where it's at
Pete the cat."
Theme song by Elvis Costello

Hey there, cats n' kittens. It's me, Neville, and today I'm gonna give you a groovy description of Pete The Cat.

A Prime Video preschool cartoon adapted by Jeff "Swampy" Marsh (Phineas and Ferb, Milo Murphy's Law) from the picture book series by Kimberly and James Dean. Johnny Bravo creator Van Partible serves as one of the series' directors. Jacob Tremblay voices the titular character.

The animated musical series shows Pete's daily adventures as he learns new things and helps out his friends and family. Rounding out the cast are his mother and father, his older brother Bob, and his many friends, including aspiring rock star Callie Cat, artistic French-Canadian pug Emma, Cloud Cuckoolander Sally Squirrel, the appropriately-named Grumpy Toad and the new kid, Gustavo the platypus.

The series premiered in 2017 with Pete The Cat: A Very Groovy New Year, followed by a full series and Christmas Special Pete The Cat: A Very Groovy Christmas, a year later. A Valentine's Day special, A Very Groovy Valentine's Day, premiered on February 7, 2020.


Not to be confused with that animated cat named Pete.

Pete The Cat: Some Very Groovy Tropes

  • Actually Pretty Funny: In "The Band's First Gig," after a passing storm drowns out their music and leaves their stage in shambles, Pete starts laughing at the insanity of the whole situation until everyone else joins him.
  • An Aesop: In "Sally Comes Clean," it's performed in song - "If everything is special, then nothing really is."
  • Animated Musical: Usually one song per episode.
  • Author Appeal: As with Jeff "Swampy" Marsh's other shows, rock music plays a big part here.
  • Be Yourself: In "Gotta Be You," Pete and his friend's band lose a contest to sing with CatGo and the Nine Lives because CatGo was looking for something original. They learn the lesson of the title that "you gotta be you."
  • Bilingual Bonus: Emma often makes interjections in French, most often "Magnifique!"note  and "Zut alors!"note 
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  • Cats Hate Water: Averted in "Pete At The Beach." Pete and his family go to the beach where Bob offers to teach Pete how to surf, but the conflict is Pete's fear of the ocean rather than of water itself.
  • Camp Gay: Downplayed with Sally's fathers. They banter in wiry voices and share a love for kitsch, but they're depicted as normal traits rather than stereotypes.
  • Canada, Eh?: Emma is Quebecois.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Averted with Grumpy. While his pessimism is Played for Laughs, he's never treated badly for it and it's implied to be a front. This becomes the moral in "Three Bite Rule" where, even after finally giving bananas a try, he still doesn't like them, but is thrilled to have tried them.
  • Cool Big Bro: Pete's brother Bob.
  • Cool Car: The Cat family's VW van.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: "Sandcastles In The Sand."
  • Faux Horrific: In "Pumpkin Pageant," Pete's dad decides to carve the scariest thing he can imagine on his pumpkin: the family's van with a flat tire.
  • Four Legs Good, Two Legs Better: Pete is the only character ever seen on all fours, and usually only while he's skateboarding.
  • Furry Reminder: In "Pumpkin Pageant," Pete affectionately rubs up against his pumpkin while purring.
  • Garage Band: Pete and his friends have one.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: In "Finders Keepers," Grumpy has Good Grumpy who tries to convince him give back a "bumper marble" of Callie's that he found, and Bad Grumpy, who encourages him to follow follow the "Finder's Keepers" rule he so desperately wants to follow.
    Bad Grumpy: How you doing, good looking? Pay no attention to my do-gooder pal over there.
  • Has Two Mommies: Sally Squirrel's two fathers.
  • Imagine Spot: The plot of "Quest!" has the gang imagining their walk to school as a thrilling medieval adventure.
  • In the Style of...: CatGo's "weird" song is a stylistic parody of Beck.
  • I've Heard of That — What Is It?: In the opening of "Meteor Shower," Pete and his friends are all excited about the meteor shower, before realizing they don't know exactly what one is.
  • Mickey Mousing: Pete's silent facial expressions are usually accompanied by a guitar lick or slide to "speak" for him.
  • Mundane Ghost Story: In "Meteor Shower," everyone is having trouble staying awake. Callie says that she has trouble sleeping when she's scared. She thinks a scary story will keep them awake, so she tells a "scary story."
    Callie: Once there was a cat who kept her room organized. One day, she came home and her room was messy. She spent all afternoon cleaning it, but when she finished, she turned around and... (gasps) the room was messy again! (shining her flashlight on her face) Dun dun dun! (turns around, sees everyone but Pete is asleep)
  • Record Needle Scratch: In the opening of "Meteor Shower," Neville narrates about how Pete and his friends are camping deep in the woods and gets record needle scratched as we're shown that they're actually just camping in Pete's backyard.
  • Ridiculous Procrastinator: Overlaps with Writer's Block in "Begin To Begin." Pete has to write a new song for his band, but spends the whole day cleaning his room instead. In the end, he writes a song about how he shouldn't procrastinate and just start writing.
  • Rousing Lullaby: This Is Not a Lullaby starts out mellow and soothing, switching to rock 'n roll midway through.
  • Rule of Three: Invoked in "Three Bite Rule." The Cat family has a house rule that you're not allowed to say you completely like or dislike something unless you've taken at least three bites of it.
  • Safety Worst: In "Cat City Safety Patrol," Dennis becomes this after a fall on a sidewalk pothole. He's fine because of his turtle shell, but starts to worry that others could get hurt because they don't have shells. The others help him to see that his fears are really more due to what happen to him and that sometimes you just have to be brave.
  • The Silent Bob: Pete himself. Much like the trope namer, he only ever speaks when he has something important to say. This is generally Once per Episode, right at the end to summarize the lesson of the story.
  • Show Within a Show: Two. One is Space Cat 3611, a sci-fi series which Gustavo and Grumpy bond over, and a Scooby-Doo-esque series staring Callie's favorite band, CatGo and The Nine Lives.
  • Sleep Mask: Pete's father wears one at night when sleeping.
  • Slow "NO!": Gustavo gives one in "Callie vs. the Volcano" when Callie puts the mix for the lava into the volcano before they were ready for the volcano to go off.
  • Something Blues: "Bedtime Blues" and "Blueberry Cupcake Blues."
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism: Far on the idealistic end.
  • Sudden Anatomy:
    • Similar to the animated version of Dilbert, Pete is usually mouthless, but gains one when he speaks, or when he eats.
    • Similarly, the characters normally have no visible eyebrows, but have Disembodied Eyebrows when they're needed to show expression.
  • Title Theme Tune: "Pete the Cat, he's one groovy dude..."
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: In-Universe, Emma's "weird" song.
  • Unnamed Parent: For just one example, Pete's father is often referred to as "Mr. Pete the Cat's Dad."
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Both Emma's titular song and CatGo's similarly weird song in "Emma's Weird Song."
  • You Must Be This Tall to Ride: In "Sally's Not Amused," Sally experiences this with every ride at the amusement park save the ones in the "baby" section, to the point where she starts experiencing serious Height Angst. Callie and the other kids snap her out of it by singing a song to her about all the great things about being small, and she is also cheered up during a show later on when she turns out someone small is needed to top a pyramid. Finally, at the end of the story, Sally tells the others that she wants them to go on on all the rides they withheld going on because of her, saying that they made her happy and she wants them to be happy.

"Well, that's all for now, cats and kittens."

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The Room Was Messy Again

In "Meteor Shower" from "Pete the Cat," Pete and his friends are trying to stay up to enjoy a meteor shower but keep falling asleep. Callie thinks that a good fright will help keep them all awake. Unfortunately, her idea of a "scary story" is one in which the main character cleans up her room, only to turn around and find that it's messy again.

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