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Pepper Ann is an American animated series created by Sue Rose and aired on ABC. It debuted on September 13, 1997, and ended on November 18, 2000. Reruns were also shown on Disney's One Too on UPN during the 2000–2001 season, and later on Disney Channel, and on Toon Disney until 2008. Pepper Ann was the very first animated television series for Disney to be created by a woman, and for fifteen years, would be the only such show, until Daron Nefcy's Star vs. the Forces of Evil debuted in 2015.

Pepper Ann
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GenreAnimated sitcom
Teen comedy
Comedy drama
Created bySue Rose[1]
Based onPepper Ann
by Sue Rose
Voices ofKathleen Wilhoite
Clea Lewis
Danny Cooksey
Pamela Segall Adlon
April Winchell
Cree Summer
Candi Milo
Don Adams
Kath Soucie
Tino Insana
Jeff Bennett
Composer(s)Pat Irwin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes65 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Sue Rose
Nahnatchka Khan
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Walt Disney Television Animation
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Release
Original networkABC (1997-2000)
UPN (2000)
Original releaseSeptember 13, 1997 (1997-09-13) –
November 18, 2000 (2000-11-18)

Mr. Warburton, who later created Cartoon Network's Codename: Kids Next Door, served as the lead character designer for the series.

OverviewEdit

Pepper Ann stars adolescents and charts their ups and downs at Hazelnut Middle School. It aired as part of the Disney's One Saturday Morning block. The character originated in a comic strip published in YM magazine.[2]

The show's plots were generally typical of the developing format that has risen out of federal E/I requirements: Pepper Ann is presented with a moral dilemma, chooses the wrong decision, faces the consequences and learns a moral lesson. The series was mostly rated TV-Y, with the exception of the season 1 finale "In Support Of" which was rated TV-Y7 for puberty themes and scenes of implied nudity. In reruns, all the episodes are rated TV-Y7 for subject matter that may be too mature for children under 7 (as a lot of episodes deal with such subject matter as puberty, divorce, dating, moral ambiguity, racism, death, gender equality, and unemployment).

During the first 4 episodes of season 1, at the end of the opening sequence, Pepper Ann finds "five bucks" underneath her desk. From episode 5 onward, this was changed so that she found a different, humorous object every episode, similar to The Simpsons' couch gag.

EpisodesEdit

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 September 13, 1997 (1997-09-13) January 24, 1998 (1998-01-24)
2 13 September 12, 1998 (1998-09-12) January 16, 1999 (1999-01-16)
3 8 September 11, 1999 (1999-09-11) January 22, 2000 (2000-01-22)
4 18 February 6, 2000 (2000-02-06) February 27, 2000 (2000-02-27)
5 13 September 9, 2000 (2000-09-09) November 18, 2000 (2000-11-18)

CharactersEdit

  • Pepper Ann Pearson (voiced by Kathleen Wilhoite): The protagonist of the series, a spirited, quirky, sassy, and unpredictable 12-year-old girl whose emotions come out in fantasies.
  • Nicky Anais Little (voiced by Clea Lewis): Pepper Ann's best friend. She is soft-spoken and an overachieving violinist. Nicky used to be a bully and skipped Kindergarten when she started school. Nicky eventually became a nice person and switched from First Grade to Kindergarten.
  • Milo Kamalani (voiced by Danny Cooksey): Other best friend of Pepper Ann, who he calls "P.A." for short. He is a very eccentric and highly dramatic artist.
  • Lydia Pearson (voiced by April Winchell): Overprotective divorced perky mother of Pepper Ann and Moose.
  • Margaret Rose "Moose" Pearson (voiced by Pamela Segall): Pepper Ann's tomboyish 7-year-old little sister.
  • Principal Hickey (voiced by Don Adams): Hazelnut Middle School's tough disciplinarian with zero tolerance for Pepper Ann's shenanigans.
  • Janie Lilly Diggety (voiced by Susan Tolsky): Pepper Ann and Moose's aunt, who served as a Green Beret.
  • Jo Jo Diggety (voiced by Tino Insana): Pepper Ann and Moose's uncle, who works as a cop.
  • Trinket St. Blair (voiced by Jenna von Oÿ): A rich and spoiled popular girl who is mean to Pepper Ann.
  • Dieter Lederhosen (voiced by Jeff Bennett): The German exchange student.
  • Cissy Rooney (voiced by Kath Soucie): A popular girl who is Trinket's best friend.
  • Tessa & Vanessa James (voiced by Cree Summer): The twin school gossips who finish each other's sentences.
  • Peter "Pink-Eye Pete" Oglevee (voiced by Jeff Bennett): Nerdy kid who suffers from pink eye
  • Craig Bean (voiced by Jeff Bennett): The "cool" 8th grader, and Pepper Ann's love interest.
  • Alice Kane (Lauren Tom): Pepper Ann's rival

Other appearancesEdit

Pepper Ann and Lydia make a cameo appearance in the first House of Mouse episode, "The Stolen Cartoons." They are the only Walt Disney Television Animation characters ever to appear on House of Mouse, which otherwise only used characters from Disney's features and classic shorts (and sometimes comics). Lydia says "Don't touch the villain, dear," to Pepper Ann after Pete falls out of the sky after being kicked out of the club.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Mallory, Michael (19 March 2000). "Move Over, Old Men". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-11.
  2. ^ Gerston, Jill (November 23, 1997). "SIGNOFF; A Spunky Heroine Navigates Adolescence". The New York Times. USA. Retrieved 12 August 2011.

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