Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat is an educational Chinese-Canadian-American animated television series based on a 1994 novel by Amy Tanwhich aired on PBS Kids and Sprout, produced by Canadian animation studio CinéGroupe and Sesame Street creator Sesame Workshop. In the series, which is set c. 1861-1912, during the late Qing Dynasty, Sagwa has fun in her day-to-day life while learning and teaching valuable life lessons. The show is notable for its setting and messages about family obligations and loyalty. The series was developed and produced for television by executive producers George Daugherty and Michel Lemire, and producers David Ka Lik Wong and Leon G. Arcand.
The series premiered on September 3, 2001, running for one season and 40 episodes. The series was quietly cancelled in 2002, ending on October 5 of that year, but continued to air in reruns on some PBS affiliates as late as September 2008.
Sagwa resides in a palace of a magistrate in China in what is assumed to the modern-day Fujian provinces of the People's Republic of China and Republic of China respectively (possibly during the late Qing dynasty, as shown by the characters' clothes), as part of a royal family of cats who have the ability to write with their tails. She and her siblings, along with various other cats and Fu-Fu the bat, have adventures that are usually accompanied by moral lessons, as is typical with most children's shows. However, one aspect that sets this show apart is its display of various aspects of Chinese culture, which helps promote awareness and understanding of other ethnicities.
- Holly Gauthier-Frankel as Sagwa
- Oliver Grainger as Dongwa
- Jesse Vinet as Sheegwa
- Rick Jones as Fu-Fu