Thursday, January 17, 2019

Nickelodeon USA to Premiere 'Peppa Pig' Chinese New Year Special on Monday, February 4

Peppa is celebrating the Lunar New Year with all of her friends!


The Chinese New Year falls on Tuesday, February 5 this year, and people all over the world will celebrate the start of the Year of the Pig. And if you're making a list of the best pigs of all time, there is one whose pluck and love of muddy puddles makes her rise to the top: Peppa Pig! Which is why it's so exciting that Nickelodeon has announced that, this year, it will debut a brand-new episode of Peppa Pig about Lunar New Year.

It's the Year of the Pig, and Madame Gazelle teaches the children in Peppa's playgroup about Chinese New Year! The group celebrates with lanterns, fireworks and dragon dances, and makes a wonderful dragon costume. Together they enjoy celebrating the traditions of a different culture as they work together to create the decorations. And a new 'The Panda Twins' story, airing in conjunction with the Chinese New Year premiere, introduces two new characters - Peggi and Pandora, the twin daughters of Police Officer Panda.

In addition to these timely and festive new stories, Peppa and Suzy Sheep decide to start a Secret Club, where they will go on secret missions together; Madame Gazelle hosts Talent Day in playgroup; and Peppa and her little brother George get to gaze at the shining stars with Mummy and Daddy Pig through a telescope!

Check out a oink-tastic sneak-peek from the all-new episode here on GoodHousekeeping.com! In the super preview, the kids take up musical instruments and decide which adult will lead the dragon dance.

The new episode of Peppa Pig will premiere on Nickelodeon USA on Monday, February 4 at 9:30 a.m. ET/PT.


This isn't Peppa Pig's only experience with the Chinese New Year. She'll also be starring in a feature-length movie about the holiday that will be released in China on February 5, co-produced Entertainment One (eOne) and China’s Alibaba Pictures. This makes sense, because Peppa has a huge fan base in China, and, well, it is the Year of the Pig. The full-length movie, which contains live action and brand new animated content, will see Peppa Pig kick off the Year of the Pig in China, and marks her big screen debut in cinemas throughout China. Limited-edition panda-themed merchandise will be released exclusively through Ali Fish, the licensing and entertainment business unit under Alibaba Pictures. Fun fact: The Panda twins in China will be named "Jiaozi," or "dumpling," and "Tang yuan," or "glutinous rice ball," after some popular Chinese New Year treats. Yum!

Peppa Pig made a strong broadcast debut in China in June 2015 on national broadcaster, CCTV and is now available on multiple leading VOD platforms including Youku, IQIYi and Tencent, where the series has accumulated over 45 billion cumulative views.

Peppa Pig airs on Nick Jr. and Viacom’s Channel 5 Milkshake in the U.K., and on Nickelodeon and Nick Jr. channels globally.

Peppa Pig is created by Neville Astley and Mark Baker and produced by Astley Baker Davies Ltd and Entertainment One (eOne). The animated preschool show is one of eOne’s key properties. In 2017, it announced that 117 new episodes were entering production, which will start airing in 2019 and take the total episode count to 381.

Update (1/17) - From Broadway World:

PEPPA PIG to Celebrate the Chinese New Year with New 'Peppasode'

2019 is the "Year of the Pig," and Nickelodeon has shared that a brand-new oinktastic episode of Peppa Pig is premiering on Nickelodeon - Monday, February 4, at 9:30am - just in time to celebrate Chinese New Year! The episode, which includes relatable stories for young viewers, focuses on this very special holiday and will help inspire kids and families to celebrate along with Peppa.

It's the Year of the Pig, and Madame Gazelle teaches the children in Peppa's playgroup about Chinese New Year! The group celebrates with lanterns and fireworks, and makes a wonderful dragon costume. Together they enjoy celebrating the traditions of a different culture as they work together to create the decorations. And a new 'The Panda Twins' story, airing in conjunction with the Chinese New Year premiere, introduces two new characters - Peggi and Pandora, the twin daughters of Police Officer Panda.

In addition to these timely and festive new stories, Peppa and Suzy Sheep decide to start a Secret Club, where they will go on secret missions together; Madame Gazelle hosts Talent Day in playgroup; and Peppa and her little brother George get to gaze at the shining stars with Mummy and Daddy Pig through a telescope!

Every new "Peppasode" of the top-rated animated series for preschoolers features five engaging stories that bring viewers along as Peppa learns and grows with help from her family and friends.

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Originally published: Saturday, January 12, 2019.
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