Ontbijt Piet! (lost Dutch Sinterklaas live-action TV series; 2007-2008)

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Rein Hofman & Eva van der Gucht as Ontbijtpiet & Smulpiet.

Status: Lost

Ontbijt Piet! (English: Breakfast Pete!) is a Dutch educational Sinterklaas-themed live-action series produced by Endemol & broadcasted by Nickelodeon in the Netherlands. It features characters based on the legend of Zwarte Piet ('Black Pete', the mischievous assistant of Sinterklaas (Dutch Santa Claus) and ran for 2 seasons between late November and early December in 2007-2008. It stars Rein Hofman as Ontbijtpiet, Eva van der Gucht as Smulpiet and Bram van der Vlugt as Sinterklaas a.k.a Saint Nicholas. [1] Season 1 is presented as a story-wise show while Season 2 takes the form of a News-like program.

The show was partially sponsored by a Dutch supermarket chain and made to encourage children to eat a healthy breakfast, after studies showed that only one in seven of the country's children did so.[2] The overarching premise was that all of Sinterklass' Piets (roughly akin to Santa's elves) had become slow and error-prone in their preparations for the upcoming holiday, thanks to eating unhealthily. Distressed over the delays, Sinterklaas commissions Ontbijtpiet to gather tips from human children on what makes for a good breakfast; these are implemented back at the Piets' workshop by the cook Smulpiet - with mixed results, as Ontbijtpiet doesn't always choose the most nutritious recipes.

28 episodes are confirmed to have been made including a music video by DJ Nicky called "Jump de hele dag", but as of this writing, all are lost except for the audio of the song number featuring the character. Given that the characters are portrayed - as is traditional for Zwarte Piet - by white actors in blackface, a tradition that has since become the subject of fierce international controversy, they are not likely to be re-released in any official format.

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"Jump de hele dag Featuring the Ontbijt Piet character.

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