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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.
|Created by||Sue Rose|
|Voices of||Kathleen Wilhoite|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||65 (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Sue Rose|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Walt Disney Television Animation|
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original network||ABC (1997-2000)|
|Original release||September 13, 1997 –|
November 18, 2000
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.
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.
- 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.
- Craig Bean (voiced by Jeff Bennett): The "cool" 8th grader, and Pepper Ann's love interest.
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.