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Bob the Builder
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Created by: Keith Chapman
Directed by: Steven Feldman
Fred Holmes
Brian Mack
Liz Whitaker (Ep 1)
Sarah Ball
Brian Little
Voices of: Neil Morrissey
Rob Rackstraw
Kate Harbour
Rupert Degas
Colin McFarlane
Maria Darling
Emma Tate
Stephen White
June Whitfield
Wayne Forester[1]
Greg Proops
Lee Ingleby
Joanne Froggatt
Blake Harrison
Steven Kynman
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes: 315 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s): Kate Fawkes
Theresa Plummer-Andrews
Peter Curtis
Producer(s): Jackie Cockle
Editor(s): Alex McNeel
Camera setup: Single camera (1998), Multi-camera (2004–present)
Production company(s): Hot Animation (1998–2012)
Chapman Entertainment (1998–2012)
HIT Entertainment (1998–present)
Rainmaker Entertainment (2015–present)
Distributor: BBC (1998–2012)
Mattel (2015–present)
Broadcast
Original channel: BBC (UK)
Nick Jr. (US, 2001–2010)[2]
PBS Kids (US, 2005–present)
Channel 5 (UK, 2015–present)
Picture format: 4:3 (series 1)
16:9 (series 2–present)
Original run: Original series:
28 November 1998 – 10 June 2012
Revived series:
1 September 2015 – present
External links
Website

Bob the Builder is a British children's animated television show created by Keith Chapman. In the original series, Bob appears as a building contractor specialising in masonry in a stop motion animated programme with his colleague Wendy, various neighbours and friends, and their gang of anthropomorphised work-vehicles and equipment. The show is broadcast in many countries, but originates from the United Kingdom where Bob is voiced by English actor Neil Morrissey. The show was later created using CGI animation starting with the spin-off series Ready, Steady, Build!.

In each episode, Bob and his group help with renovations, construction, and repairs and with other projects as needed. The show emphasises conflict resolution, co-operation, socialisation and various learning skills. Bob's catchphrase is "Can we fix it?", to which the other characters respond with "Yes we can!" This phrase is also the title of the show's theme song, which was a million-selling number one hit in the UK.

In October 2014, Bob the Builder was revamped by Mattel for a new series to be aired on Channel 5's Milkshake! in 2015. Amongst the changes were a complete overhaul of the cast, with Harry Potter actor Lee Ingleby replacing Neil Morrissey as the voice of Bob, and Joanne Froggatt and Blake Harrison were also confirmed as the voices of Wendy and Scoop respectively. The setting and appearance of the characters also changed, with Bob and his team moving to the bustling metropolis of Spring City. An American localisation of the new series debuted on PBS Kids in November 2015. The changes have been censured by fans of the original version.[3][4]

ImpactEdit

Bob the Builder was nominated in the BAFTA "Pre-school animation" category from 1999 to 2009, and won the "Children's Animation" category in 2003 for the special episode "A Christmas to Remember".[5] Of the show's success, Sarah Ball said:

I think diggers and dumpers fascinate kids in the same way that they are drawn to dinosaurs. They both have a timeless appeal. The technique of stop motion is very tangible - the characters look like you can just pick them up and play with them. It’s a safe, lovely, bright, colourful world, which is very appealing. Curtis Jobling did a fantastic job designing the show – it’s very simple and stylized but has such charm.
— Interview with Sarah Ball, Gurgle.com[6]

Bob the Builder has been parodied by Robot Chicken in the episode "More Blood, More Chocolate", and by Comedy Inc. as Bodgy Builder.

Bob was also parodied on Cartoon Network's MAD in the episode "S'UP / Mouse M.D." In the episode when Mickey Mouse portrays Gregory House he goes to perform surgery on Bob who smashed his thumb asking similar to his famous catchphrase "Can we fix it?" Mickey then replies no and orders for it to be amputated. He later appears in another episode when Bob interacts with Manny from Handy Manny after they get into a fender bender and get into an argument with Bob saying "Stop copying my show!" He leaves then someone tells Manny he just got built. In another episode, "Kung Fu Blander / Destroy Bob the Builder Destroy", Mad parodies Bob the Builder and Destroy Build Destroy. In the episode, Andrew W.K. of Destroy Build Destroy, is portrayed as being a jerk towards Bob. Andrew destroys everything Bob builds. In the end, Bob transforms his construction vehicles into Build-Tron (a parody of Voltron). A New Yorker cartoon shows a parent in a toy store asking for toys depicting Alex the Architect, supposedly a white-collar equivalent to Bob the Builder.

Some have complained about technical errors and lack of proper safety practices in the programme, especially the absence of protective eyewear.[7] However, in later episodes, Bob is seen using safety glasses.

CharactersEdit

BobtheBuilder

Bob the Builder, the titular character

Main article: List of Bob the Builder characters

MerchandiseEdit

Various companies manufacture licensed Bob the Builder merchandise (e.g.: Brio, Lego Duplo, Hasbro, Learning Curve, etc.) since about 1999 to present. Sometimes some fans make fan-made merchandise for the television show, such as racing games that aren't related to the show.

Lego Duplo/ExplorerEdit

Lego began manufacturing licensed Duplo Bob the Builder sets in 2001. Lego Explorer also made the sets using the same bricks that Duplo used (e.g. Naughty Spud, Wallpaper Wendy, etc.). The sets were aimed at younger children, two and up. Duplo manufactured the sets (e.g. Scoop at Bobland Bay, Muck Can Do It, etc.) until 2009 when Lego's contract expired.

HasbroEdit

Hasbro created licensed Bob the Builder characters. They included talking characters and others to go with the Bob the Builder line. The Hasbro line was discontinued in 2005 when Learning Curve took the chance to take over.

Learning CurveEdit

Learning Curve among countless others held a license to make the toys, but discontinued them. They first merchandised their Bob the Builder products in 2005 after the Hasbro range was discontinued. Learning Curve also created the Thomas and Friends characters, while the company still makes the sets (e.g. Scoop, Muck, Lofty, Dizzy, andys trailer etc.) and then sold them to stores. They discontinued them in 2010 and it is unknown if they could ever return to making them. The toys are currently available in the United Kingdom by Character Options.

Character WorldEdit

In 2012, Character World announced that they had signed a license to manufacture official Bob the Builder bedding and bedroom textiles. A duvet cover is said to be available in the UK in late 2012.

Video gamesEdit

Various companies released the Bob the Builder games.

  • Fix it Fun! (Game Boy Color, NTSC/PAL) – 2000
  • Can We Fix It? (PC, PS1, NTSC/PAL) – 2001
  • Bob Builds a Park (PC, NTSC/PAL) – 2002
  • Bob's Castle Adventure (PC, NTSC/PAL) – 2003
  • Project: Build It (PS2, PAL only) – 2005
  • Bob the Builder: Can-Do-Zoo (PC, NTSC/PAL) – 2008
  • Festival of Fun! (PS2, Wii, Nintendo DS, PAL only) – 2009

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Bob the Builder – Cast and Crew" . TV.com (28 November 1998). Retrieved on 28 November 2016.
  2. "Nick Jr. Parents--Play to Learn with Blue's Clues, Dora the Explorer, Little Bill and More!" . nickjr.com. Archived from the original on 20 December 2004. Retrieved on 28 November 2016.
  3. "Why some people are very angry about the new Bob the Builder" (en). Retrieved on 28 November 2016.
  4. "Bob The Builder's Makeover Angers Fans" . Retrieved on 28 November 2016.
  5. "Awards Database" . Retrieved on 28 November 2016.
  6. "Interview with Sarah Ball, Bob the builder & Chuggington writer and director" . Gurgle.com. Retrieved on 28 November 2016.
  7. "FLUID POWER SAFETY INSTITUTE - Toy Safety - ATTENTION PARENTS! - Bob the Builder Alert!" . Archived from the original on 5 November 2002. Retrieved on 28 November 2016.


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