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Directed by MariRae Dopke
Presented by Michael Cariglio
Theme music composer Jon Nappa
Composer(s) Todd Hobin
Doug Moncrief
Michael Curley
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 65
Executive producer(s) Eric J. Roberts
Producer(s) Marilyn Arnone
MariRae Dopke
Cinematography Emmitte Budge
Tim Mazzacua
Steve Parton
Steve Strathmann
Brian Walls
John Walsh
Running time 28 minutes
Original network WCNY-TV and PBS (1993-1999)
TLC (1996-1997)
Original release May 24, 1993; 29 years ago (1993-05-24) – September 4, 1999; 23 years ago (1999-09-04)

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 as well on all 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.


  • Pappy Drewitt (portrayed by Michael Cariglio) is an artist and host of the series who loves to draw, He was dressed in a hat, suspenders, glasses, a green bandana, yellow shirt, and khaki pants; similar to the appearance of a forty-niner. The theme song suggests that he created Pappyland; although the season 5 episode "Grandpappy's Day for Drawing", which aired in 1997, suggests that Pappy's father or possibly Grandfather, Grandpappy Drewitt who was also played by Cariglio created Pappyland rather than Pappy himself. He lives in Pappyland and has many friends who live there. A running gag in the series was that whenever he coloured the picture he drew earlier in the episode, he would break one of his crayons. This was done so Pappy could teach kids that you don't have to throw away a crayon just because it breaks. On occasion, when he colored in the picture, he also went outside the lines, thus teaching kids that it's all right to go outside the lines when coloring. In the original VHS, he was portrayed as a hillbilly. To get to various places in Pappyland, Pappy makes use of different modes of transportation like the Pappy Pad Express, the Much More Door, the Wishing Wheel, the Pappyscope, and the Color Copter.
  • Elmer (performed by Joe Cariglio) is an old, wisecracking, and sometimes grumpy man who sits in a rocking chair in front of Pappy's desk. He tells a lot of jokes to Pappy. He also works at the Pappy Mines. At the beginning and end of mostly every episode, he would shout "Hey, sonny! Don't you know what time it is?", indicating that it was time to say hello to everyone, and that it was time to leave. He smoked a pipe in the original VHS.
  • Binky is a talking paintbrush who originally lived in the Brushlands, but later moved to Pappy's cabin. He likes to paint pictures.
  • Lily (performed by Marilyn Arnone) is a talking flower who originally lived in a flower field, but later moved to a windowsill in Pappy's cabin. At the beginning of mostly every episode when she lived in the cabin, Pappy would give her some water from a watering can.
  • Grandpappy Drewitt is a painting of either Pappy's father or grandfather and Snacker Jack's uncle. He also appeared in the original VHS.
  • Belle (performed by Marilyn Arnone) is a talking telephone who lives in Pappy's cabin starting in the third season. She speaks with a southern accent and sometimes delivers news to Pappy, usually when someone is in trouble.
  • Color Copter is a sentient biplane/helicopter that would serve as Pappy's modes of transportation alongside the Pappy Pad Express, the Much More Door, the Wishing Wheel, and the Pappyscope. The Color Copter tends to speak in some episodes.
  • MailBird (performed by Ted Long) is a bird who was introduced in the show's third season in 1995. He speaks with an English accent and delivers mail and often makes crash landings when doing so. He also works at the LetterLands Post Office. He was very disorganized, but Pappy later helped him get organized.
  • Sing-A-Song Sam (portrayed by Michael Curley, born in Syracuse, New York) is a singer and pianist who in most episodes sang a song about the lesson learned in the episode.
  • Buddy Bear (performed by Ted Long) is a bear who loves honey. He lives in a cave known as the Hamlet in Pencil Point. Like Pappy, he likes to draw, and would sometimes draw for the home viewers in situations where Pappy encountered a problem he couldn't get out of.
  • Chucky Woodchuckles (performed by Chris Grom) is a woodchuck who lives in a wooded area in Pappyland called Woodchuckles Place. He is very friendly but tended to lose things he borrowed from others, such as Pappy's crayons. Pappy taught him about responsibility.
  • Tree-O are a group of three trees that lived in a forest. Their names are Oakie, Birchwood and Miss Maple. They didn't appear in later seasons, as they were replaced by Woody.
  • Woody is a tree that lived at the entrance of Pappyland. He once thought he had no friends, but Pappy cheered him up by drawing a picture of him. He appeared in the original VHS, and sang the song "Did you ever Wanna be" to Grandpappy. He is the only character besides Pappy, Elmer, and Grandpappy to appear in the actual show, but he didn't appear until later episodes.
  • Pumpkin Pop and Pumpkid are father and son pumpkins that originally lived in the Pappyland Grand Garden, but later lived on a cart next to Woody.
  • Turtle Lou (performed by Gabriel Velez) is an Italian anthropomorphic turtle who lives in a grass hut by a river on the path to Pencil Point called Turtle Lou's Landing. He likes to fish. He originally appeared to look like a non-anthropomorphized regular turtle and was known as "Turtle Louie"
  • Doodle Bug (performed Marilyn Arnone) is a bug who was introduced in the fourth season in 1996. He tries to stump Pappy by doodling something for Pappy to finish. Pappy, however, always wins. In the Season 5 episode "The Day Pappy Forgot How to Draw", Doodle Bug stumped Pappy with a doodle for the first time. After Pappy recovered, Doodle Bug did a different doodle for him and Pappy actually completed it. He and his Doodle family lived in the Doodle Dunes of Pappyland.
  • Donkey Dan is a donkey that lives in a stable at the barnyard.
  • Duggan is a small parrot who appeared in a few episodes. He is usually unjustifiably angry and sometimes violent towards the other residents of Pappyland. A drawing or soothing talk from Pappy often placates him, but more often he uses it as an excuse to criticize Pappy.
  • Fur Bear was a skinny bear who lived in Pappyland in the original VHS during Grandpappy's days. He spent his whole hibernation riding an elephant.
  • McBride was a pirate who lived in a ship in a bottle in the original VHS. He is currently searching for his pirate captain, Captain Jack.
  • Fishface was a mean-spirited fish that Pappy eventually won over with his kindness and drawing. He lived in the lake near Turtle Lou and did appear in later episodes.
  • Snacker Jack Drewitt is Pappy's city cousin and Grandpappy's nephew who appeared in the season 4 episode "Snacker Jack and the Snack Attack". At first, all he eats is junk food, but Pappy talks him into eating healthy food.
  • Uncle Tony is Turtle Lou's uncle who appeared in the season 6 episode "Turtle Lou visits Italy".
  • Wanda is a woodpecker who lived at Woodchuckles Place with Chucky and only appeared in season 2 in 1993.
  • Songbirdy is an animated bird who appeared in season 2 in 1993.
  • Flutterby is an animated butterfly who appeared in season 2 in 1993.
  • Elizabeth Tricase is Buddy Bear's pen pal who is hearing impaired and appeared in the Season 3 episode "Pappy Talks with his Hands".
  • Eloise is Elmer's twin sister who appeared in two episodes of season 3 which aired in 1995.
  • Color Taker or C.T. for short, is a selfish bully resembling a vacuum cleaner who lived in the Color Mountain and was on the loose to eat all the colors out of Pappyland in the episode "The Day Pappyland Lost Its Color". Pappy did a drawing to show Color Taker that being a bully isn't the best way to get what he wants. Pappy then activated a switch on Color Taker to bring back the colors to Pappyland and the two became friends. Then Pappy flew in his Color-Copter to take Color Taker back to Color Mountain where he could eat all the colors he would want inside the mountain.
  • Mya (portrayed by Kali Deleo) is a Pappyland fan with a big imagination who appeared in the Season 6 episode "Pappyland's Mixed Up Day".
  • Mrs. Pappy (portrayed by Michele Cariglio Finnerty) is Pappy's wife, imagined by Mya, who appeared in the Season 6 episode "Pappyland's Mixed Up Day".
  • Patsy (portrayed by Lori Ann Lesmeister) and Eddie (portrayed by Thomas Rhett Kee) are Hollywood producers who appeared in the Season 6 episode "Hollywood Comes to Pappyland".
  • The Pappy Imposters (portrayed by Bill Neer, Patrick Bader and Dennis Calkins) are auditionees who were auditioning for the role of Pappy, appeared in the Season 6 episode "Hollywood Comes to Pappyland".
  • Santa Claus (portrayed by J.P. Crangle) appeared in the Christmas special "A Pappyland Christmas".
  • Hans and Fritz are Santa's elves who appeared in the Christmas special "A Pappyland Christmas".


Season 1

  1. Elmer's Birthday Party Mystery (May 24, 1993) - teaches concern
  2. Chucky Wins at Having Fun (May 25, 1993) - teaches being a good sport or good sportsmanship
  3. Chucky Learns to Keep Trying! (May 26, 1993) - teaches sticking to it (the ability to keep trying until you succeed)
  4. Staying Fit - teaches exercise and staying healthy

Season 2

  1. Tree-O Share The Sunlight - teaches sharing
  2. Chucky Loses His Toothbrush - teaches losing things
  3. I'm a Turtle, Not a Rock - teaches honesty
  4. A Lesson for Lilly - teaches faithfulness
  5. Wanda the Woodpecker Won't Forgive Chucky - teaches forgiveness
  6. Pumpkid Grows Patience - teaches patience
  7. Donkey Dan Gets A Special Visit - teaches commitment
  8. Buddy Bear Learns About Love - teaches love
  9. First Things First For Binky - teaches about priorities
  10. Wanda he Woodpecker's Rude Day - teaches obedience
  11. Turtle Lou Gives Some Respect - teaches respect
  12. Lilly Loves Her Friends - teaches friendship
  13. Pumpkin Pop Keeps His Word - teaches trust
  14. Donkey Dans Goofy Giggles
  15. Buddy Bear Wakes Up To Work - teaches diligence
  16. Bink Brushes Up His Confidence - teaches confidence
  17. Miss Maple Leaves Her Kindness - teaches kindness
  18. Turtle Lou Comes Out of His Shell - teaches about facing problems
  19. Forget Me Not Forgets She's Special - teaches being special
  20. Donkey Dan's Disorganization - teaches getting organized
  21. Binky Thinks Through A Picture - teaches thinking and planning
  22. Fish Face Pressures Chucky - teaches being assertive

Season 3

  1. Chucky Plants Some Clover - teaches confidence

Season 4

  1. Turtle Lou's Lucky Sneakers - teaches being a community
  2. Mailbird Gets Organized - teaches getting organized
  3. Lost in Pappyland - teaches brainstorming

Season 5

  1. Pappy's Wild Adventure - teaches preparation
  2. Pappy's Alphabet Drawing Adventure - teaches how to draw things using letters
  3. The Power Pappy Adventure
  4. The Day Pappy Forget How To Draw - teaches perseverance
  5. Doodle Bug's Music Recital - teaches practicing
  6. Mailbrids Special Delivery Route - teaches planning
  7. The Best Doodler in the Land - teaches having special abilities
  8. Grandpappys Day for Drawing
  9. Pappys Drawing With Numbers Adventure - teaches how to draw things using numbers
  10. Tree O's Noisy Forest - teaches listening and cooperation

Pap's ArtVentures

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 Cariglo, Pappy's actor, YouTube channel.

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