Kipper (TV series)
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|Genre||Children's television show|
|Created by||Mick Inkpen|
|Based on||Kipper the Dog books by Mick Inkpen|
|Directed by||Mike Stuart|
|Voices of||Martin Clunes|
|Music by||Bob Heatlie|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||78 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||10 minutes per episode (approx.)|
|Production company(s)||Grand Slamm Children's Films|
|Original release||5 September 1997 –|
21 December 2000
Kipper is a British animated children's television series based on the characters from Mick Inkpen's Kipper the Dog picture book series. Some episodes are based on particular stories by Inkpen. The videos have won awards including a BAFTA award for best children's animation. The show was released on VHS and DVD by HIT Entertainment.
The series follows Kipper the Dog as he goes on many fun and exciting adventures with his friends, Tiger, Pig, Arnold, and Jake.
Characters and Voice Cast
- Kipper (voiced by Martin Clunes) – A warm-hearted and curious dog with a soft voice who is the title character in the series. Kipper is not at all selfish, though he is known to be a hoarder. Kipper is likely portrayed after beagle, beagle mix or Jack Russell terrier breed.
- Tiger (voiced by Chris Lang) – Kipper's best friend. He is more practical and wise than Kipper. Sometimes Tiger can be very smug and naughty, though he really is a kind dog at heart. He is a Scottish terrier.
- Jake (voiced by Chris Lang) – A friendly dog who is one of Kipper's best friends. He is a minor character in the first season and joins the main characters in the second season, he, Kipper, and Tiger have had many adventures together.
- Pig (voiced by Chris Lang) – Kipper's second best friend. Pig likes to eat chocolate cakes and cookies.
- Arnold (voiced by Chris Lang) – Pig's toddler cousin who is more aware than Pig. Arnold normally doesn't say anything, but at times he says easy words such as "duck," "kitten" and "igloo". Arnold has many exciting encounters while the older ones are occupied.
- Mouse (voiced by Julia Sawalha) – A young female mouse who lives with Kipper at his house. She speaks in an English accent and is a minor character.
- The Bleeper People (voiced by Chris Lang) – Two space aliens who live on the moon.
- Ghost (voiced by Chris Lang) – A friendly ghost who visits Kipper's house. Kipper wanted to help him to make him be scary.
- Mr. Frog (voiced by Chris Lang) – A magic frog who runs into Kipper at times.
The series aired on CITV in the United Kingdom and Nick Jr., PBS Kids, Universal Kids and CBS in the United States. It also aired in Canada on YTV around the late 1990s as a part of its YTV Jr. lineup.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||5 September 1997||28 November 1997|
|2||13||24 September 1998||17 December 1998|
|3||13||21 January 1999||15 April 1999|
|4||13||23 September 1999||16 December 1999|
|5||13||20 January 2000||13 April 2000|
|6||13||28 September 2000||21 December 2000|
Common Sense Media gives Kipper four out of five stars, and it says the show's characters are positive role models, except Tiger, "but he always learns his lessons"; all the characters "do lots of exploring and learn lessons about friendship, kindness, and the difference between right and wrong". A list published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute names Kipper as the top television show for two- and three-year-old children because of its focus on "developing social and emotional intelligence" through interactions among its characters.
In the United Kingdom, HIT released various VHS and DVD releases of the series.
In the United States, VHS's of the show were originally released by Hallmark Home Entertainment through Family Home Entertainment and Aritsan Entertainment, and later on by HiT themselves.