|Pig Goat Banana Cricket|
|Also known as||Pig Goat Banana Cricket!|
|Created by||Dave Cooper|
|Based on||Pig Goat Banana Mantis! (2012)|
|Developed by||David Sacks|
|Theme music composer||David Burns|
|Opening theme||Pig Goat Banana Cricket|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of series||2|
|No. of episodes||40 (list of episodes)|
|Producer||Louis J. Cuck|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production companies||Nickelodeon Animation Studio|
(Overseas animation services)
|Distributor||ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks|
|Original network||Nickelodeon (2015–16) |
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||July 16, 2015 –|
August 11, 2018
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.
On June 25, 2015, Nickelodeon renewed Pig Goat Banana Cricket for a second season ahead of the series premiere. The show's final episodes aired in 2018.
Pig Goat Banana Cricket focuses on the titular quartet, a group of anthropomorphic best friends and roommates: Pig, who is obsessed with pickles, Goat, who has musical dreams, Banana, who loves video games and Cricket, who is talented at mad science. 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.
Main article: List of Pig Goat Banana Cricket episodes
Developed as Pig Goat Banana Mantis!, a pilot directed by the independent animator Nick Cross, 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.: 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.
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) and the last episode aired on Nickelodeon, "It's Time to Slumber Party", was only viewed by 0.95 million viewers. Only the first season of the show aired on Nickelodeon.
Following the broadcast of "It's Time to Slumber Party" on February 26, 2016, Nickelodeon removed the series from its schedule due to low ratings 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.
The series premiered in Canada on October 10, 2015, on YTV and on October 18, 2015, on the original channel. 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. A writer for Juxtapoz praised the animation, calling it reminiscent for those of "the Ren and Stimpy generation". 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. Heidi MacDonald of the Comics Beat wrote that it looked "wonderful".
Pig Goat Banana Cricket follows the absurd adventures of four best friends
FOUR BEST FRIENDS. ONE WILD RIDE!
Stomach spears, fun!(pulling spears out through his stomach after eating pickles stuffed full of spear-wielding munchkin warriors who impaled him afterward)
Walk it off, Tabitha