Bob the Builder

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Template:Pp-semi-indef Template:About Template:Use dmy dates Template:EngvarB Template:Infobox television Bob the Builder is a British children's animated television show created by Keith Chapman. In the original series, Bob appears in a stop motion animated programme as a building contractor, specialising in masonry, along 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 criticized by fans of the original version.[1][2]

Impact[modifica]

Bob the Builder was nominated in the BAFTA "Pre-school animation" category from 1999 to 2009,Template:Not in source and won the "Children's Animation" category in 2003 for the special episode "A Christmas to Remember".[3] Of the show's success, Sarah Ball said: Template:Quote

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.[4] However, in later episodes, Bob is seen using safety glasses.

Characters[modifica]

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Bob the Builder, the titular character, in his design used for the original series.

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Merchandise[modifica]

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 are not related to the show.Template:Citation needed

Lego Duplo/Explorer[modifica]

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.Template:Citation needed

Hasbro[modifica]

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. Template:Citation needed

Learning Curve[modifica]

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 & 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.Template:Citation needed

Character World[modifica]

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 games[modifica]

Various companies released 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

In the United States, Bob the Builder: Can We Fix It?Template:'s computer version sold 350,000 copies and earned $6.1 million by August 2006, after its release in August 2001. It was the country's 50th best-selling computer game between January 2000 and August 2006. Combined sales of all Bob the Builder computer games released between January 2000 and August 2006 had reached 520,000 units in the United States by the latter date.[5]

Kiddie rides[modifica]

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Bob the Builder video-optioned Scoop kiddie ride

Jolly Roger (Amusement Rides) Ltd. released two kiddie rides based on the series, a Scoop in January 2000, and a Roley in March 2003. In March 2003, Scoop was re-released with a new dashboard and a Stamar soundboard. Then, in 2004, versions of both rides were released with video screens.

Project Build It[modifica]

Template:Mainlist In May 2005, a sort of spin-off series was released titled Bob the Builder: Project Build It. Bob hears of a contest to build a new community in a remote area called Sunflower Valley, outside of Bobsville. He moves from Bobsville (supposedly temporarily) with Wendy and the machines and builds a new Yard there. Bob convinces his father, Robert, to come out of retirement and take over the Bobsville building business. It is unknown whether Bob returned to Bobsville in the stop-motion series or not after this spin-off series was finished.

For the US version of the Project Build It series, different actors were found to do the voices for many of the human characters, including casting Greg Proops as the new voice of Bob, and Rob Rackstraw, who played the original Scoop, to be the voices of Spud the Scarecrow and Mr. Bentley for both the UK and the US. The show also added recycling and being environmentally friendly to its lessons, emphasising the phrase "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."

This series premiered on September 3, 2005 in the United States.

Ready, Steady, Build![modifica]

The third spin-off was titled Bob the Builder: Ready, Steady, Build! It was created by Keith Chapman and Mallory Lewis. The group, now joined by newcomer Scratch are now residing in the town of Fixham Harbour (which is very similar to Bobsville, and is even implied to be Bobsville in several episodes), deal with construction and other building tasks around the area. Unlike previous series, Ready, Steady, Build! is animated in full CGI animation, which allows for larger and more elaborate construction projects that would be too large or expensive for the model sets of the stop-motion series, though it still retains the theme song.[6]

Bob the Builder (2015 series)[modifica]

Template:Main Template:Refimprove section After the show originally ended in 2012, Mattel bought the Bob the Builder franchise for a revamped series which premiered on September 1, 2015 on Channel 5. The series was given a visual overhaul, for both the characters and the scenery, with Bob and his team moving to the bustling metropolis of Spring City. The CGI animation remained and the construction projects and buildings are significantly larger and more advanced. Mr. Bentley is now seen with a new character, Mayor Madison and a new builder named Leo joined the building team. Several new vehicles were also introduced, including a heavy delivery vehicle named Two-Tonne joining the team.

The entire cast was also replaced: Harry Potter's Lee Ingleby and Downton Abbey's Joanne Froggatt were confirmed to voice Bob and Wendy respectively. The music was also remastered but the rhythm of the main theme remained very much the same, and the lyrics were given only minor alterations due to the introduction of new characters.

The reboot was very poorly received by long time fans of the older series. Criticism focused on the new design of the characters.[7]

Turner Broadcasting System later bought the UK broadcasting rights for the 2015 series to be repeated on Cartoon Network UK's sister pre-school channel Cartoonito UK. The channel began airing the series in January 2016.[8]

The show also airs on Family Jr. in Canada.

Voice actors[modifica]

Voice actors who have contributed to the original British version include Neil Morrissey, Rob Rackstraw, Kate Harbour, Rupert Degas, Colin McFarlane, Maria Darling, Emma Tate, Richard Briers, June Whitfield and Wayne Forester.

Celebrities who have provided voices for the series (usually for one-off specials) include John Motson, Sue Barker, Kerry Fox, Ulrika Jonsson, Alison Steadman, Stephen Tompkinson, Elton John, Noddy Holder, and Chris Evans (Bobsville's resident rock star Lennie Lazenby).

International broadcasts[modifica]

Bob the Builder is shown in more than thirty countries, and versions are available in English, French, Spanish, Slovenian, German, Italian, Dutch, Hebrew, Hindi and Croatian, among other languages. It was shown on CBeebies on BBC television in the UK.

The North American version of the show uses the original British footage and script, but dubs the voices in American accents and slang; for example, the word "soccer" is used instead of "football" to avoid confusion with the gridiron forms of the game. The original North American voice of Bob (and Farmer Pickles/Mr. Beasley/Mr. Sabatini) was William Dufris, however, he was replaced with comedian Greg Proops. More recently, Bob's US voice has been provided by Marc Silk, an English voice actor from Birmingham.[9][10]

When being exported to Japan, it was reported that characters of Bob the Builder would be doctored to have five fingers instead of the original four. This was because of a practice among the Yakuza, the famed Japanese mafia, where members would "cut off their little fingers as a sign they can be trusted and have strength of character, and will stay through."[11] In fact, Bob the Builder aired in Japan without such edits,[12] as did other series including Postman Pat and The Simpsons.

Videos[modifica]

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Discography[modifica]

Studio albums[modifica]

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
AUS
[13]
IRE
[14]
NZ
[15]
UK
[16]
Bob the Builder: The Album 1 59 32 4
Never Mind the Breeze Blocks 87
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[modifica]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
AUS
[19]
IRE
[14]
UK
[16]
2000 "Can We Fix It?" 1 3 1 Bob the Builder: The Album
2001 "Mambo No. 5" 2 4 1
2008 "Big Fish Little Fish" 81 Never Mind the Breeze Blocks
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

References[modifica]

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External links[modifica]

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Template:Authority controlTemplate:Use dmy dates Template:Italictitle Template:Infobox television Bob the Builder is a CGI animated children's television series and a reboot of the British animated television show Bob the Builder. It was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on Channel 5, beginning on 1 September 2015 and PBS Kids in the United States in November.

History[modifica]

Template:Refimprove section After the original show ended in 2012, Mattel bought the Bob the Builder franchise for a revamped series which premiered on Channel 5 on 1 September 2015. The series was given a visual overhaul for both the characters and the scenery, with Bob and his team moving to the bustling metropolis of Spring City. The CGI animation remained and the construction projects and buildings are significantly larger and more advanced. Mr. Bentley is now seen with a new character, Mayor Madison and a new builder named Leo joined the building team. Several new vehicles were also introduced, including a heavy delivery vehicle named Two-Tonne.

Turner Broadcasting System later bought the UK broadcasting rights for the 2015 series to be repeated on Cartoon Network UK's sister pre-school channel Cartoonito UK. The channel began airing the series in January 2016.[21]After the first season ended Rainmaker Entertainment announced that they have ceased animating the show due to issues the company was having at the time. DHX Media announced that they have started work for the second season and that their Halifax studio have officially replaced Rainmaker Entertainment.

The show also airs on Family Jr. in Canada.

In Australia, Bob the Builder premiered in 2016. It airs on 10 Peach (formerly known as Eleven) every weekday morning.

Criticism[modifica]

The reboot was very poorly received by long time fans of the older series. Criticism focused on the characters' redesigns and the changes to their personalities.[22]

Voice cast (UK)[modifica]

Voice cast (US)[modifica]

References[modifica]

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