Bob the Builder

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Bob the Builder
GenreChildren's animation
Created byKeith Chapman
Directed bySarah Ball
Liz Whitaker
Brian Little
Nick Herbert
Gilly Fogg
Andy Burns
Geoff Walker
Voices ofOriginal series
Neil Morrissey
Rob Rackstraw
Kate Harbour
Rupert Degas
Colin McFarlane
Maria Darling
Emma Tate
Richard Briers
June Whitfield[1]
Greg Proops
Reboot series
Lee Ingleby (UK)
Joanne Froggatt
Jacob Scipio (UK)
Colin Murdock (US)
Ian James Corlett (US)
Lee Tockar (US)
Theme music composerPaul K. Joyce
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series18 (original series)
3 (reboot series)
No. of episodes250 (+10 specials) (original series)
130 (+1 special) (reboot series) (list of episodes)
Executive producersOriginal series
Kate Fawkes
Theresa Plummer-Andrews
Peter Curtis
Reboot series
Kim Dent Wilder (2015–2017)
Michael Hefferon (2015–2017)
Edward Catchpole (2015–2016)
Christopher Keenan (2015–2018)
Steven DeNure (2018)
Kirsten Newlands (2018)
ProducersJackie Cockle (original series)
Kylie Ellis (2015–2017)
Fred de Bradeny (2015–2017)
EditorsZyggy Markiewicz
Jane Hicks
Bruce Marshall
Camera setupSingle camera (1999-2004)
Multi-camera (2005–2018)
Production companiesHOT Animation (1999–2008)
HIT Entertainment (1999–2017)
SD Entertainment (Ready, Steady, Build!)
Mattel Creations (2017–2018)
Mainframe Studios (2015–2017)
DHX Studios Halifax (2018)
Connecticut Public Television (2005-2007)
WNET (2007-2018)
Original release
NetworkPBS Kids / CBeebies (original series)
Channel 5 (reboot series)
ReleaseOriginal series:
12 April 1999 (1999-04-12) – 20 December 2004 (2004-12-20)
Project: Build It:
2 May 2005 (2005-05-02) – 26 August 2008 (2008-08-26)
Ready, Steady, Build!:
12 April 2010 (2010-04-12) – 31 December 2011 (2011-12-31)
2015 reboot:
1 September 2015 (2015-09-01) –
30 December 2018 (2018-12-30)

Bob the Builder is a British television programme for children. It is broadcasted on PBS Kids and the BBC and around the world. It was first broadcast on April 12, 1999. It is developed by Hit Entertainment for PBS Kids and BBC Television with funding by the United States Department of Education, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

The show is about the life of a builder named Bob, and his talking machines, which include trucks, who help him fix things. Bob has a partner named Wendy and a cat named Pilchard. The slogan of the show is "Can we fix it? Yes we can!".

There are albums of songs from Bob the Builder. Out of these songs, there are 2 number 1 hits, "Can We Fix It?" and "Mambo No. 5".[2] There is also the number 81 hit "Big Fish Little Fish".[3] There is also merchandise which is based on the show.

In 2015, a reboot series aired on Cartoonito and Channel 5's Milkshake block. In 2018, it left Cartoonito. In 2021, it left Channel 5 as it has since ended its run. Two years after the 2015 series ended, The original Bob the Builder also aired on Qubo but it ceased operations on February 28, 2021. A new titled Bob the Builder reboot series is to be announced.

Characters and voice actors[change | change source]

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, and June Whitfield.

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).

Episodes[change | change source]

International broadcast[change | change source]

Bob the Builder is broadcasted internationally and is available in several languages, including English, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Slovene, German, Dutch, Hebrew, Hindi, Serbo-Croatian, Bengali, and others.

Country Language Title
Argentina Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
Australia British English Bob the Builder
Austria German Bob der Baumeister
Belgium Dutch Bob de Bouwer
French Bob le bricoleur
Bolivia Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
Brazil Brazilian Portuguese Bob o Construtor
Canada American English Bob the Builder
French Bob le bricoleur
Chile Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
Colombia Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
Ecuador Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
France French Bob le bricoleur
Germany German Bob der Baumeister
Ireland British English Bob the Builder
Italy Italian Bob aggiustatutto
Mexico Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
Netherlands Dutch Bob de Bouwer
Paraguay Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
Peru Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
Portugal European Portuguese Bob o Construtor
New Zealand British English Bob the Builder
Romania Romanian Bob constructorul
Spain European Spanish Bob y sus amigos
South Africa British English Bob the Builder
Switzerland Swiss German Bob de Boumaa
United Kingdom British English Bob the Builder
United States American English Bob the Builder
Uruguay Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
Venezuela Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor

Impact[change | change source]

Bob the Builder was nominated in the BAFTA "Pre-school animation" category from 1999 to 2009,[not in the source given] and won the "Children's Animation" category in 2003 for the special episode "A Christmas to Remember".[4] 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,[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bob the Builder – Cast and Crew". 12 April 1999. Archived from the original on 22 August 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2012. {{cite web}}: More than one of |archivedate= and |archive-date= specified (help); More than one of |archiveurl= and |archive-url= specified (help)
  4. "Awards Database". Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  5. "Interview with Sarah Ball, Bob the builder & Chuggington writer and director". Archived from the original on 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2010-11-27. {{cite web}}: More than one of |archivedate= and |archive-date= specified (help); More than one of |archiveurl= and |archive-url= specified (help)

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