Pig Goat Banana Cricket
Pig Goat Banana Cricket poster.jpg
Poster featuring the main characters in order
Also known asPig Goat Banana Cricket!
GenreSurreal comedy
Created byDave Cooper
Johnny Ryan
Based onPig Goat Banana Mantis! (2012)
Developed byDavid Sacks
Johnny Ryan
Voices of
Theme music composerDavid Burns
Opening themePig Goat Banana Cricket
ComposerDavid Burns
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of series2
No. of episodes40 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducerLouis J. Cuck
EditorJoelle Kristy
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesNickelodeon Animation Studio
Yeson Entertainment
Ánima Estudios
(Overseas animation services)
DistributorViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks
Release
Original networkNickelodeon (2015–16)
Nicktoons (2016–18)
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseJuly 16, 2015 (2015-07-16) –
August 11, 2018 (2018-08-11)

Pig Goat Banana Cricket (also abbreviated as PGBC) is an American animated television series created by Dave Cooper and Johnny Ryan for Nickelodeon. The show follows the interwoven adventures of the titular quartet. It premiered on July 16, 2015, after the 2015 Kids' Choice Sports.[1]

On June 25, 2015, Nickelodeon renewed Pig Goat Banana Cricket for a second season ahead of the series premiere.[2] The show's final episodes aired in 2018.

Plot

Pig Goat Banana Cricket focuses on the titular quartet, a group of anthropomorphic best friends and roommates:[3][4] Pig, who is obsessed with pickles, Goat, who has musical dreams, Banana, who loves video games and Cricket, who is talented at mad science.[5] The four embark on surreal journeys on their own, which are then interwoven together. The show is set in Boopelite City, a gigantic and whirring metropolis where many of the buildings look like archaic clockworks. The streets are constantly teeming with characters of intensely varied description, and the sidewalks are crammed with anthropomorphic animals, robots, anthropomorphic foods, anthropomorphic sea creatures, and more. The four roommates live in a treehouse, which sits in the middle of the city, surrounded by the forest, the seas and anywhere else the friends could possibly go.

Episodes

Main article: List of Pig Goat Banana Cricket episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
PilotAugust 13, 2012 (2012-08-13)Vimeo
126July 16, 2015 (2015-07-16)November 13, 2016 (2016-11-13)Nickelodeon
214November 20, 2016 (2016-11-20)August 11, 2018 (2018-08-11)Nicktoons

Characters

Main

Recurring

Voice cast

Additional voices

Production

Developed as Pig Goat Banana Mantis!, a pilot directed by the independent animator Nick Cross,[5] the stories were described by Ryan as difficult to write, given their intertwined nature and the 11-minute running time. This process was smoothened by the running time being doubled and the direction from the network being clarified. The two had to adjust to the studio environment, and described their career in comics as preparing them for production.[13]: 28  Jones, Milo, and Wilson reprise their roles from the original short. Mantis, who had been previously voiced by James Urbaniak, was renamed Cricket and recast with voice actor Paul Rugg.

The animation style tends to go back and forth between hand-drawn animation and flash animation using Toon Boom Harmony software, while the show is animated at Yeson Entertainment studios in South Korea, some episodes are outraced at Ánima Estudios in Mexico.

The show was picked up for a second season prior to its premiere.[2]

Ratings for the series were initially favorable. However, ratings began to experience a steep drop season (as an example, the episode "Mall Ya Later" only pulled in 0.79 million viewers[14]) and the last episode aired on Nickelodeon, "It's Time to Slumber Party", was only viewed by 0.95 million viewers.[15] Only the first season of the show aired on Nickelodeon.

Move to Nicktoons

Following the broadcast of "It's Time to Slumber Party" on February 26, 2016, Nickelodeon removed the series from its schedule and the status of the show remained in limbo for 7 months until it was announced in September 2016 that the second season of the series would be moved to sister network Nicktoons on September 25, 2016. Season 2 episodes premiered on the Nicktoons network sporadically until May 31, 2017. 3 remaining episodes were first aired in Poland in 2017 and eventually those episodes aired in the USA 1 year later on August 11, 2018.

Broadcast and reception

The series premiered in Canada on October 10, 2015, on YTV and on October 18, 2015, on the original channel.[3] In Australia and New Zealand, it premiered on Nickelodeon on October 3, 2016, in Asia, debuted on Nickelodeon on February 23, 2018. In the UK and Ireland, it was broadcast on Nicktoons on January 6, 2018. In Arabia, it aired on Nicktoons at launch. It is available in India on the Voot streaming service.

The pilot, published by Cross and titled Pig Goat Banana Mantis!, was promoted to a Staff Pick on Vimeo.[16] A writer for Juxtapoz praised the animation, calling it reminiscent for those of "the Ren and Stimpy generation".[17] Andrew Wheeler of Comics Alliance noted that Ryan's billing as "J. Ryan" was likely to separate him from his controversial reputation in the underground comix scene.[18] Heidi MacDonald of the Comics Beat wrote that it looked "wonderful".[19]

References

  1. ^ Reece Ristau (June 18, 2015). "[WATCH] Nickelodeon's 'Pig Boat Banana Cricket': First Look At Animated Series – Variety". Variety. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Candi Milo on Twitter: "Original record for the next season!! #NICKELODEON". Twitter.com.
  3. ^ a b "YTV's New Fall Schedule is Full of Funny!" (Press release). Toronto: Corus Entertainment. September 24, 2015. Retrieved September 25, 2015. Pig Goat Banana Cricket follows the absurd adventures of four best friends
  4. ^ "Pig Goat Banana Cricket". YTV.com. Archived from the original on 2017-03-04. Retrieved 2016-02-20. FOUR BEST FRIENDS. ONE WILD RIDE!
  5. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (September 26, 2013). "Nickelodeon Orders Two Animated Series, Four Live-Action Pilots". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  6. ^ "Let's Get Tiny". Pig Goat Banana Bricket. 4 minutes in.
    Pig "I'm going to follow my dream and be the best blowhole in the history of blowholes, or my name isn't Pignatius Abalonea Plutonius the fourteenth."
    Banana: (pauses after Pig screams and runs off) "..That's not his name."
  7. ^ "Zombie Broheims". PGBC. Stomach spears, fun! (pulling spears out through his stomach after eating pickles stuffed full of spear-wielding munchkin warriors who impaled him afterward)
  8. ^ "Bananaland". PGBC. 18 minutes in. (Pig's segment) Pig: Who?
    Goat: Goat. You know, your roommate for the past twenty nine years?
    Pig: Oh, that Goat.
  9. ^ "Prank Thy Neighbor". PGBC.
  10. ^ "The Most Beautiful Roach in the World". PGBC.
  11. ^ a b "Let's Get Tiny". PGBC. 18 minutes in. "I'm Barton" .. "I'm Tom".
  12. ^ "Bananaland". PGBC. Walk it off, Tabitha
  13. ^ McLean, Thomas J. (October 2014). "Rising Stars of Animation". Animation Magazine. n.p.: 28–31. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014.
  14. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (January 19, 2016). "Top 150 Friday Cable Originals: January 15, 2016". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on January 21, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  15. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (February 29, 2016). "SHOWBUZZDAILYS-Top 50 Friday Cable Originals & Network Finalese:2.26.2016". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on March 2, 2016. Retrieved September 24, 2016.
  16. ^ "Pig Goat Banana Mantis! in Vimeo Staff Picks". Vimeo. August 15, 2012. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  17. ^ Staff writer (January 30, 2013). "Pig Goat Banana Mantis!". Juxtapoz. High Speed Productions. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  18. ^ McLean, Thomas J. (October 2014). "Nickelodeon 'Pig Goat Banana Cricket' Cartoon from Johnny Ryan and Dave Cooper". Comics Alliance. ScreenCrush Network. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  19. ^ MacDonald, Heidi (September 27, 2013). "Johnny Ryan and Dave Cooper's 'Pig Goat Banana Cricket' will entertain innocent children on Nickelodeon". Comics Beat. The Beat. Archived from the original on November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 6, 2014.