If you’ve got a preschooler, odds are you have heard of Pete the Cat, the blue feline who speaks in groovy slang. He first appeared in 2010 with the picture book “Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes” by author Eric Litwin and illustrator James Dean. Readers loved the jazzy cadence of the text, the breezy attitude, and the sharp illustrations.
It has been ten years since his debut, and Pete has surged in popularity. Today he can be found in a cartoon series exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. Among the voice actors on the show are Elvis Costello as Pete’s dad as well as Jessica Biel, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Jim Parsons.
So far, there have been two seasons of the show as well as a few holiday-themed specials. Fortunately, all you cats and kittens out there don’t need cable to catch in on this cool program, as Pete would say. All you need is a subscription to Amazon Prime Video.
How to watch the current season of “Pete the Cat”
The most recent episode, “Pete the Cat: A Very Groovy Valentine’s Day,” dropped in February. The last full season made up of six 22-minute episodes premiered last August. The episodes can be viewed only on Amazon Prime Video. This video service is included with an Amazon Prime membership, which costs $119/year ($59/year for students) or $12.99/month ($6.49/month).
If you are a member, you also get access to other prime benefits, including faster shipping on Amazon products. If you have an Amazon Prime membership, you can watch any episode of “Pete the Cat” any time you want.
How to Watch Past Seasons of “Pete the Cat”
The first season of “Pete the Cat” is also available only on Amazon Prime Video, as is the 2017 “Pete the Cat: A Groovy New Year” and the 2018 “Pete the Cat: A Very Groovy Christmas”. The first season has seven 22-minute episodes.
Buying “Pete the Cat”
“Pete the Cat” can’t be bought on Itunes, Google Play, or Vudu. You can purchase songs from the show on Itunes, however. Many of the songs are available for free on YouTube. Those include the video for the songs from the show.
About the show
Litwin and Dean wrote the first four “Pete the Cat” books, but the many books that have come since were illustrated by Dean and written by his wife, Kimberly Dean. The change in authors went with a change in tone – the books. They became concise. The lyrical text became more straightforward and prosaic. More characters were introduced as well as more complicated storylines that are pertinent to preschoolers’ lives.
The “Pete the Cat” show is more in the vein of the recent books, mainly featuring the adventures of Pete’s family and friends. While I miss the words of the original books, this adaptation has plenty to love for the younger set. Bright colors, music, and lots of fun animal characters will keep them entertained for as long as you let them keep it on.
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