|Directed by||MariRae Dopke|
|Presented by||Michael Cariglio|
|Theme music composer||Jon Nappa|
|Composers||Todd Hobin |
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||65|
|Executive producer||Eric J. Roberts|
|Producers||Marilyn Arnone |
|Cinematography||Emmitte Budge |
|Running time||28 minutes|
|Original network||PBS Member Stations (1993-1999) |
|Original release||May 24, 1993 –|
September 4, 1999
Pappyland is an American half-hour children's television series originally written by Jon Nappa. More than 30 half-hour episodes were written by award-winning children's writer, Eric J. Roberts. Award-winning children's author Benette Whitmore wrote 35 episodes and introduced the character, DoodleBug. It was originally broadcast on WCNY-TV in Syracuse, New York and many other PBS stations from May 24, 1993, to September 3, 1999. Thereafter, the show was moved to TLC and began airing new episodes from September 30, 1996, until 1997, with reruns airing until February 21, 2003. The show starred acclaimed cartoonist-artist Michael Cariglio (born in Utica, New York) as Pappy Drew-It, an artist/49er type character who lived in a magical cabin in a bizarre land with many different creatures and people. More than half of the show was shot on bluescreen.
During each half-hour segment, Pappy and other characters danced, sang, taught life lessons and other children's television fare but the main focus of the show was watching Pappy draw pictures. The camera was positioned directly above his paper and he would carefully explain the purpose of each technique used. The purpose was for children viewers to be able to follow along with Pappy and create the same image as he did. A selection of viewers who sent in their artwork had their drawing shown during the "Hall of Frames" segment near the end of the show and the closing credits. The show was distributed for broadcast on public television by WCNY in Syracuse, New York; it was produced by the non-profit Craftsmen and Scribes' Creative Workshop and Creative Media Solutions TV, also based in Syracuse, New York. Writer for 35 episodes was Benette Whitmore. Home viewers were asked to mail their drawings to a post office box in Syracuse. Years later, Michael Cariglio hosted "Inspiration Station" on Smile of a Child TV. "Pappyland" is now available on DVD. The series can be viewed on digital streaming device Roku's Family TV channel.
A sequel series continuing the character of Pappy and his adventures with his pals and kids on the show.
It debuted on Oct. 22, 2019 on Michael Cariglio's YouTube channel.