Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Based on a 1988 theatrical cartoon short produced in Canada by Kai Pindel, and co-developed by America's TLC cable service and Canada's TVO, the computer-animated Peep and the Big Wide World was an "edu-tainment" series aimed at pre-schoolers. The title character was an insatiably curious newborn chick, who explored the world around him with his best friend, Chirp the Robin and Quack the Duck. In the course of their wanderings, the trio met a variety of friendly porcupines, beavers, fish and what-have-you; and by the end of each 10-minute segment (two of which were seen in every episode) the characters had learned at least one basic scientific principle. Of course, it was hoped that the kids in the audience had learned the same lesson, and to that end series narrator Joan Cusack) encouraged fans to try out easy (and harmless!) scientific experiments at home. The daily American run of Peep and the Big Wide World was launched on April 12, 2004; the series was seen on both TLC and the Discovery Kids cable network.
chicken, curiosity [inquisitiveness], duck, educational-television, learning-adventures, park, pond, science