March 15, 1998 – The Animated Children’s Series PB&J Otter Premieres on Playhouse Disney
On March 15, 1998, the animated children’s series PB&J Otter premiered on Playhouse Disney, with the first episode comprised of two segments: “Bye, Bye PB&J” and “Babbleberry Day.” The series is about a family of river otters, with three children named Peanut, Jelly, and baby Butter, and their adventures. The series was created by Jim Jinkins (known also for creating the show Doug) and was produced by David Campbell. The show was also produced in a collaboration with the Harvard University Cognitive Studies Group, whose job was to make sure each episode had a positive educational message in its core. The show ran for three seasons with 65 episodes spanning from 1998 through the fall of 2000. Currently, the show is being broadcast in reruns on Disney Junior. The show starred Adam Rose as Peanut, Gina Marie Tortorici as Butter, Jenell Slack as Jelly, Chris Phillips as Ernest Otter, and Gwen Shepherd as Opal Otter.