Peep and the Big Wide World

Peep and the Big Wide World
Also known as Peep
Created by Kaj Pindal[1][2]
Voices of Scott Beaudin
Jamie Watson
Amanda Soha
Narrated by Joan Cusack
Country of origin Canada
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 55 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Kate Taylor
Producer(s) Marisa Wolsky
Running time 25 minutes (Canada)
22 minutes (United States)
Production company(s) WGBH Boston
9 Story Entertainment
Discovery Kids
Distributor American Public Television
Original network TVOKids (Canada)
Discovery Kids/PBS Kids (U.S.)
Picture format 4:3 480i (SDTV)
Audio format Mono (2004–2006)
Dolby Surround (2006–2008)
Dolby Digital (2008–2011)
Original release April 12, 2004 (2004-04-12) – October 14, 2011 (2011-10-14)

Peep and the Big Wide World is a Canadian–American animated children's television series created by Canadian Animator Kaj Pindal and based on the 1988 short film Peep and the Big Wide World produced by the National Film Board of Canada, which itself is based on the 1962 short film The Peep Show,[3] also produced by the National Film Board of Canada. The series premiered on April 12, 2004, on Discovery Kids and on TLC as part of their Ready Set Learn children's block, and on the same day on TVOKids and PBS Kids. It was produced by WGBH Boston and 9 Story Entertainment, in association with TVOntario and Discovery Kids.

Carriage on the Discovery children's networks ended on October 10, 2010 with the discontinuation of Ready Set Learn and the replacement of Discovery Kids with The Hub. It continues to be offered to public television stations via independent public television distributor American Public Television to the present day. Throughout its run, it has been underwritten by the National Science Foundation, with Northrop Grumman underwriting season four in 2010.


Viewers follow Peep, Chirp, and Quack as they investigate and explore the world around them. Following the 9-minute animated segment, there is a 2-minute live-action segment with children exploring and demonstrating the same topic presented in the animated segment. Animation consists of bright colors and simple shapes..



Main characters

Minor characters

Music composition

Music for Peep and the Big Wide World is composed by Terry Tompkins and Steve D'Angelo, from Eggplant. The opening theme is performed by Taj Mahal.[4]


  1. "Peep and the Big Wide World". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  2. Lerner, Loren Ruth (1997). Canadian Film and Video: A Bibliography and Guide to the Literature, Volume 1. University of Toronto Press. p. 218. ISBN 0802029884.
  3. "The Peep Show". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 5 December 2015.
  4. Opening video, with lyrics and credits on official page
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