Pig Goat Banana Cricket

Pig Goat Banana Cricket

Poster featuring the main characters in order
Also known as Pig Goat Banana Cricket!
Genre Comedy
Created by Dave Cooper
Johnny Ryan
Based on Pig Goat Banana Mantis! (2012)
Voices of
Theme music composer David Burns
Opening theme Pig Goat Banana Cricket
Composer(s) David Burns
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 29 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • David Sacks
    Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan (co-executive producers)
Producer(s) Louis J. Cuck
Carl Faruolo (supervising producer)
Editor(s) Joelle Kristy
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Nickelodeon Animation Studio
Distributor Viacom Media Networks
Original network Nickelodeon (2015–16)
Nicktoons (2016–present)
Original release July 16, 2015 (2015-07-16) – present

Pig Goat Banana Cricket (also abbreviated as PGBC) is an American animated television series created by Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan for Nickelodeon. The show follows the interwoven adventures of the titular quartet.

The show premiered on July 18, 2015, at 10:30 AM, with a sneak preview that aired two days before on July 16, after the 2015 Kids' Choice Sports Awards.[1]

On June 25, 2015, Nickelodeon renewed Pig Goat Banana Cricket for a second season ahead of the series premiere.[2]


Pig Goat Banana Cricket focuses on the titular quartet, a group of best[3][4] friends and roommates: Pig, who is obsessed with pickles, Goat, who has musical dreams, Banana, who loves video games and Cricket, who is talented at mad science.[5] The four embark on surreal journeys on their own, which are then interwoven together; the action is set in Boopelite City, a gigantic and whirring metropolis where many of the buildings look like archaic clockworks. The streets are constantly teeming with characters of intensely varied description, and the sidewalks are crammed with animals, robots, walking fruit, sea creatures, and more. The four roommates live in a treehouse, which sits in the middle of the city, surrounded by the forest, the seas and anywhere else the friends could possibly go.

The title characters met in high-school in the 21st century[6] and became room-mates shortly after, remaining so for 29 years[7] after which they were transformed into infants and took 20 years to regain their adulthood[8] meaning they have been room-mates for at least 49 years, and that the show takes place after 2028 (episodes 13-18) and after 2048 (episodes 18+) now being over 3 decades in the future.


Main characters

Recurring characters

Voice cast


Developed from Pig Goat Banana Mantis!, a pilot directed by the independent animator Nick Cross,[5] the stories were described by Ryan as difficult to write, given their intertwined nature and the 11-minute running time. This process was smoothened by the running time being doubled and the direction from the network being clarified. The two had to adjust to the studio environment, and described their career in comics as preparing them for production.[16]:28 Jones, Milo, and Wilson reprise their roles from the original short, with Mantis, who had been previously voiced by James Urbaniak, retooled as Cricket due to a character of the same name in Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness, another Nickelodeon show.

The series tends to go back and forth between hand-drawn animation and flash animation.

The series was picked up for a second season prior to its premiere.[2]

Ratings for the series were initially favorable. However, ratings began to experience a steep drop mid-season (as an example, the episode "Mall Ya Later" only pulled in 0.79 million viewers[17]) and the last episode aired on Nickelodeon, "It's Time to Slumber Party", was only viewed by 0.95 million viewers.[18] Only the first 20 episodes of the show aired on Nickelodeon.

Move to Nicktoons

Following the broadcast of "It's Time To Slumber Party" on February 26, 2016, Nickelodeon removed the series from its schedule and the status of the show remained in limbo for 7 months until it was announced in September 2016 that the series would be moved to sister network Nicktoons on September 25, 2016.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
126July 16, 2015 (2015-07-16)November 13, 2016 (2016-11-13)Nickelodeon (episodes 1–20)
Nicktoons (episodes 21–26)
226November 20, 2016[19]TBANicktoons

Broadcast and reception

The series premiered on YTV in Canada on October 10, 2015.[3] In Australia and New Zealand, it premiered on Nickelodeon on October 3, 2016.

The pilot, published by Cross and titled Pig Goat Banana Mantis!, was promoted to a Staff Pick on Vimeo.[20] A writer for Juxtapoz praised the animation, calling it reminiscent for those of "the Ren and Stimpy generation".[21] Andrew Wheeler of Comics Alliance noted that Ryan's billing as "J. Ryan" was likely to separate him from his controversial reputation in the underground comix scene.[22] Heidi MacDonald of the Comics Beat wrote that it looked "wonderful".[23]


  1. Reece Ristau. "[WATCH] Nickelodeon's 'Pig Boat Banana Cricket': First Look At Animated Series – Variety". Variety. Retrieved 21 July 2015.
  2. 1 2 "Candi Milo on Twitter: "Original record for the next season!! #NICKELODEON". Twitter.com.
  3. 1 2 "YTV's New Fall Schedule is Full of Funny!" (Press release). Toronto: Corus Entertainment. September 24, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2015. Pig Goat Banana Cricket follows the absurd adventures of four best friends
  4. "Pig Goat Banana Cricket". YTV.com. FOUR BEST FRIENDS. ONE WILD RIDE!
  5. 1 2 Andreeva, Nellie (September 26, 2013). "Nickelodeon Orders Two Animated Series, Four Live-Action Pilots". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  6. "Secret Origins". PGBC. Hello class of two-thousand and something-something. (Goat interrupting a prom in a flashback)
  7. 1 2 "Bananaland". PGBC. 18 minutes in. (Pig's segment) Pig: Who?
    Goat: Goat. You know, your roommate for the past twenty nine years?
    Pig: Oh, that Goat.
  8. "Angry Old Raisin". PGBC.
  9. "Let's Get Tiny". Pig Goat Banana Bricket. 4 minutes in.
    Pig "I'm going to follow my dream and be the best blowhole in the history of blowholes, or my name isn't Pignatius Abalonea Plutonius the fourteenth."
    Banana: (pauses after Pig screams and runs off) "..That's not his name."
  10. "Zombie Broheims". PGBC. Stomach spears, fun! (pulling spears out through his stomach after eating pickles stuffed full of spear-wielding munchkin warriors who impaled him afterward)
  11. "Bananaland". PGBC. 11 minutes in. Goat: "I'm a one-woman band."
  12. "Prank Thy Neighbor". PGBC.
  13. "The Most Beautiful Roach in the World". PGBC.
  14. 1 2 "Let's Get Tiny". PGBC. 18 minutes in. "I'm Barton" .. "I'm Tom".
  15. "Bananaland". PGBC. Walk it off, Tabitha
  16. McLean, Thomas J. (October 2014). "Rising Stars of Animation". Animation Magazine. n.p.: 28–31. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014.
  17. Metcalf, Mitch (January 19, 2016). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals: January 15, 2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  18. Metcalf, Mitch (February 29, 2016). "SHOWBUZZDAILYS-Top 50 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finalese:2.26.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  19. http://tvlistings.zap2it.com/tv/pig-goat-banana-cricket-heat-wave/EP022133920028?aid=zap2it
  20. "Pig Goat Banana Mantis! in Vimeo Staff Picks". Vimeo. August 15, 2012. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  21. Staff writer (January 30, 2013). "Pig Goat Banana Mantis!". Juxtapoz. High Speed Productions. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  22. McLean, Thomas J. (October 2014). "Nickelodeon 'Pig Goat Banana Cricket' Cartoon from Johnny Ryan and Dave Cooper". Comics Alliance. ScreenCrush Network. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  23. MacDonald, Heidi (September 27, 2013). "Johnny Ryan and Dave Cooper's 'Pig Goat Banana Cricket' will entertain innocent children on Nickelodeon". Comics Beat. The Beat. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
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