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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.

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.


Not to be confused with that animated cat named Pete.

Pete The Cat: Some Very Groovy Tropes

  • Animated Musical: Usually one song per episode.
  • Author Appeal: As with Jeff "Swampy" Marsh's other shows, rock music plays a big part here.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Emma often makes interjections in French, most often "Magnifique!"note  and "Zut alors!"note 
  • 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 it's never implied that they're like this specifically because they're gay.
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  • 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.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Emma is often heard exclaiming "Zut alors!" which literally translates to "Damn, then!"
  • 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.
  • Mickey Mousing: Pete's silent facial expressions are usually accompanied by a guitar lick or slide to "speak" for him.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Silent Bob: Pete himself. Much like the trope namer, he only ever speaks when he has something important to say.
  • Show Within a Show: Two. One is Space Cat 9, 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.
  • 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.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: In-Universe, Emma's "weird" song.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: Both Emma's titular song and CatGo's similarly weird song in "Emma's Weird Song."

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

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