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WordWorld is a very odd preschool show that centers on Funny Animals and a non-anthro dog—who are all living words. They can build new things out of letters. If you need a house, just build one out of the appropriate letters.

The series premiered on PBS on September 3, 2007, and was produced by WTTW Chicago. The series received critical acclaim and awards. The show ended on January 24, 2011, but it can still be seen in reruns on PBS Kids affiliates, particularly the 24/7 kids channel.


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  • Action Girl: Sheep can be seen as this when she's playing sports, as seen in the episodes "There's An Ant In Every Giant" and "Play Ball".
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: Either there are two main cats, one a blue Siamese cat and one a purple cat with a white muzzle, facial blaze, and white paws, or Cat changes color depending on her job in the episode. Also, why are Sheep's arms and legs purple? Pig's hooves...they sure like purple in this show.
  • Anthropomorphic Typography: The animals in this show are made of letters.
  • Berserk Button: Pig tends to get upset when his stuff is messed with, as Frog learned in the episode "Waterlogged".
  • Big Eater: Pig loves to eat. Ant has to remind him not to be gluttonous.
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  • Big "NO!": Frog does this when Pig eats Dog's birthday cake in the episode "Happy Birthday, Dog".
  • Carnivore Confusion: Shark co-existing with the likes of Pig and Sheep.
  • Catchphrase: "We still have all the letters... so all we have to do is build a word!"
  • Chaste Toons: Pig's three nephews.
  • Christmas Episode: "The Christmas Star / A Christmas Present for Dog".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Duck can be this at times.
  • Disembodied Eyebrows: All the characters' eyebrows float above their heads.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": and a sheep, and a bear, and a duck, and a frog... Their bodies are actually made of their name.
  • Episode Title Card: Every episode name is read aloud by the same offscreen children that read aloud the words that are built throught the episode.
  • The Everyman: Sheep is very generic and plain, although she does have a flair for the dramatic. Bear stands out more in this regard.
  • Everything's Even Worse with Sharks: Averted with Shark, who's very friendly.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The animals themselves.
  • Forgotten Birthday: In "Happy Birthday, Dog!", Dog believes everyone has forgotten his birthday, but they're planning a surprise party.
  • Four-Legged Insect:
    • Inverted with Cricket and averted with the other insects.
    • Cricket has eight legs like an arachnid and Spider has six legs (and two antennae) like an insect.
  • Funny Animal: Everyone except Dog and Cow.
  • Furry Confusion:
    • Cow and Dog rarely talk, though it's often that Dog's barks can sound close to words. There are even realistic sea creatures.
    • Dog can't talk, but he actually owns a house, whereas Pig lives in a barn, Bear lives in a cave, Sheep lives in hay, Frog lives in a log, and Duck has a nest.
  • Gluttonous Pig: Pig is a chef who hosts his own cooking show, but he also likes eating everything in sight. He is working on sharing, though.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Pig and Ant, Duck and Frog, and Bear and Sheep.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: Duck gets the hiccups in the episode "Duck's Hiccups".
  • I'm a Humanitarian: In "Dog's Having a Party", Pig is shown eating a hot dog. However, Pig isn't made of actual meat and neither is the hot dog, so this raises a few questions as to what constitutes cannibalism in WordWorld. Both "pig" and "dog" have the letter G in them, so this could easily be cannibalism regardless.
  • Interactive Narrator: He is sometimes heard talking with the characters, usually at the beginning of a story.
  • Loads and Loads of Characters: Potentially any noun that refers to a living thing.
  • Living Prop: Cow doesn't do much. You'll often just find her in the background.
  • Medium Awareness: The show follows this. All of the characters can not only hear the Narrator, but they even call him Mr. Narrator when they talk to him. None of them seem to be aware that they are characters in a television show though, and to be fair not much else about their world is exactly normal. They don't also seem to notice the offscreen children that read aloud the built words.
  • Minor Injury Overreaction: In the episode "Achoo" where Pig is sneezing, Sheep attempts to take him to the hospital.
  • Namedworld and Namedland: Wordworld, the world where everything is made of words!
  • No Cartoon Fish: Only a few cartoony fish have been seen.
  • Once an Episode: "It's time to build a word! Let's build it, let's build it now!"
  • Our Monsters Are Different: Monster, who is a red monster shaped like his name.
  • Partially Civilized Animal: Any four-legged Word World character (Tiger, Elephant, Turtle, Monkey, Dog, Cat, and Goat).
  • Repeating So the Audience Can Hear: Dog usually gets this treatment by the other characters.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Literally.
  • Shorter Means Smarter: Ant is unsurprisingly the smallest of his friends, yet he is one of the smartest people in Word World, as said by Pig.
  • Single-Minded Twins: Pig's nephews, who are triplets.
  • The Smart Guy: Frog is usually the brainiac of the friends. Except when his Large Ham qualities turn him into a Know-Nothing Know-It-All.
  • Steam Never Dies: The train is a large blue steam locomotive shaped like the word "TRAIN" that is, for some reason fueled by letters, couldn't decide whether it should have a 2-2-2 or a 4-2-0 wheel arrangement, and doesn't have anyone driving it.
  • Tagline: "Where words come alive".
  • Tailfin Walking: Shark walks on his tailfin.
  • Title Theme Tune: Welcome to our world! WordWorld!
  • Widget Series: Everything and everyone is made of the letters in their name, and new objects (and even new characters) can be created by just putting the appropriate letters next to each other. It's especially strange by PBS standards.
  • WPUN: The local radio station's call numbers are WORD.
  • You Can Panic Now: In "Happy Birthday, Dog!", Duck calls for everybody to panic after they drop the cake and the letters fall apart. Pig, however, is the voice of reason, reminding them that they still have all the letters, so they can still build the word.


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