Mr. Bean (animated TV series)

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Mr. Bean: The Animated Series
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(from left to right) Mrs. Julia Wicket, Scrapper (can only see his tail), Mr. Bean, and Irma Gobb.
Genre Comedy
Slice of life
Format Animated Television Series
Created by Richard Curtis
Rowan Atkinson
Based on Mr. Bean 
by Richard Curtis
Rowan Atkinson
Voices of Rowan Atkinson
Sally Grace
Matilda Ziegler
Sophie-Louise Dana
Jon Glover
Country of origin United Kingdom
Hungary
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 52 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 11-12 minutes
Production company(s) Tiger Aspect Productions
Richard Purdham Productions
Varga Studio[1]
Won Explosion Studios
Distributor Endemol UK
Broadcast
Original channel ITV
Picture format 16:9
4:3
Original run 5 January 2002 (2002-01-05) – 2 June 2004 (2004-06-02)
Chronology
Related shows Mr. Bean

Mr. Bean is an animated television series by Varga Studio based on the British live-action series of the same name. Characters from the original live action series included Mr. Bean, Irma Gobb, Teddy, and the mysterious driver of the Reliant Supervan, with the new addition of Mrs. Wicket, Bean's landlady, and her evil cat Scrapper.

The series again featured little actual dialogue, with most being either little sound bites or mumbling, mild slapstick, with occasional sexually suggestive moments. Rowan Atkinson provided the voice for Bean; additionally, all of the animated Bean actions are taken from Atkinson himself. Other characters' voices are provided by Jon Glover, Rupert Degas, Gary Martin, Sally Grace and Lorelei King.

Despite the series' actual title being simply Mr. Bean, some broadcasters referred to this series as Mr. Bean: plus a subtitle for disambiguating with the original live-action series. Disney Channel Asia refers this series as "Mr. Bean - The Animated Series" and the original live-action series as "Mr. Bean - Live Action Series" in their schedule.[2] The German version, aired on Super RTL, is titled "Mr. Bean - Die Cartoon-Serie".[3]

In January 2014, ITV announced a new animated series featuring Mr Bean with Rowan Atkinson returning to the role. It is expected to be released online as a web-series later in 2014 with a television broadcast followed shortly after. It is worth noting that the new series may be a spin-off from the 2002 animated series.[4]

Characters[edit]

  • Rowan Bean (Voiced by Rowan Atkinson) - the title character who serves as the main protagonist of the series. He is mischievous and makes numerous disasters and always encounters problems in a roundabout way. He is shown to be both immature yet surprisingly resourceful when he needs to be. He wants every environment around him to be clean and out of trouble. In A Royal Makeover, it is revealed that he lives in 112 Arbour Road as seen in the packages Elizabeth II sent to him and Mrs. Wicket.
  • Teddy - Mr Bean's lifelong best friend. As a stuffed companion, Mr. Bean assumes Teddy is alive.
  • Mrs. Julia Wicket (Voiced by Sally Grace) - Mr. Bean's demeaning landlady who serves as the main antagonist. She was married 50 years ago for a mere ten minutes before her husband wisely made a dash for freedom. She is the owner of the evil one eyed cat named Scrapper. She is seldom nice to Bean, and is always despising and very brutal towards him, possibly because it was his fault that her husband left her at the altar. Mrs Wicket really loves cats but she hates dogs.
  • Scrapper - the evil one-eyed cat who despises all humans, especially Mr. Bean, although he does feign affection for his owner, Mrs Wicket. Scrapper is the second main antagonist in the series. His hobbies include scratching, mousing and getting Bean into trouble with Mrs. Wicket at every opportunity. He was adopted by Mrs. Wicket in Young Bean after young Mr. Bean delivered it to her.
  • Irma Gobb (Voiced by Matilda Ziegler) - Mr. Bean's girlfriend. A sweet girl, who probably has a sort of degree in something or other, she is fond of Mr. Bean but mainly visits so that her teddy can play with Bean's Teddy. She usually stays long enough to get a free meal.
  • Lottie - Irma's teddy bear. She looks almost identical to Mr. Bean's Teddy, except she has eyelashes and a red bow. She's been seen as Teddy's girlfriend, but Bean does not accept them for a relationship.
  • Mr Bean's Mini - Mr. Bean's loved green Mini. It is green as seen throughout the whole series, including the live action episodes (except for the first episode in the live action version, which was orange, and destroyed after a stunt). The plate number of his car is "STE 952R".
  • Reliant Supervan III - the three-wheeler blue car known as a Reliant Regal usually happens to be a victim of a collision when Mr. Bean speeds up his Mini, similar to the live action episodes. Its plate number is "DUW 742", as seen in Royal Bean.
  • The Burglars - a duo of unnamed crooks who frequently commit crimes while in various disguises. One is large and beefy, and the other is pint-sized. They always fail after Mr. Bean comes up to them in his plans. They are supporting antagonists. First appearance: Missing Teddy (2002 Season 1, Ep. 2). Last appearance: Homeless (2004 Season 3 finale).
  • The Neighbors - unnamed characters who are portrayed as a working-class family depicted as stereotype, obese, boring and stupid people. The father is portrayed as the most stupid in the whole family and is shown as a very aggressive and cruel person towards Mr. Bean. His wife is a lazy person. The couple have three rambunctious and naughty children. The family is shown to be in a constant disagreement with each other. Family appearances: Neighbourly Bean as main antagonists and Scaredy Bean as cameos. Father and son appearances: Super Marrow, Chocks Away, and The Ball.
  • Tutati - the black diabolical dog owned by Mr. Bean's next-door neighbors. He is depicted as a very aggressive dog and will hurt Bean for no apparent reason. His hobbies are biting and scratching. Whenever a retaliation is made, his aggression worsens. Dog appearances: A Running Battle, Inventor, and Neighbourly Bean.
  • Queen Elizabeth II - Mr. Bean is a fan of the Queen. She only appears in two episodes, Royal Makeover on television in the film "The Queen Indoors" and in Royal Bean in person. She knights Mr. Bean in Royal Bean after he saves one of her Welsh Corgis.
  • The Mime - a French immigrant Mime. In his first appearance in Art Thief he was in Paris France near The Eiffel Tower showing some people and a couple of Mimes. He was nearly knocked over by Mr Bean's Mini. He later appeared in Mime Games. He snuck into Mr. Bean's home. He was last seen in the whole series as a main character drowning in a pond at Hyde Park but lived. He did make a cameo appearance in Haircut waiting for his hair to be cut only on DVD. First appearance: Art Thief Season 2 Episode 4. Last appearance: Haircut Season 3 episode 14 as a Cameo Character.
  • Harry - He only appears in The Visitor. It is rumoured that his character is based upon another, "Hubert", appearing in an episode of the live action Mr.Bean show called "Do-It-Yourself Mr. Bean", aired on10 January 1994. It is revealed that he and Mr. Bean were once childhood friends, even possessing a catch-phrase of sorts.
  • Restaurant Owner - A snooty, French-American owner who owns a fancy French restaurant. He is a stereotypical French person; being snooty and greedy. He despise Mr. Bean in some episodes due to his clumsiness. Every episode he appears, he gives the customer a bill in which they cannot pay. His dialogue is very audible and his crew-workers include an overweight chef, a blond-haired waiter and two suave violinists (one of them loves Irma). First appearance: The Visitor (2003 Season 2, Ep. 2). Last appearance: Hot Date (2003 Season 2, Ep. 9).
  • Roxy - (Voiced by Sophie-Louise Dann) - A popular singer whom Mr. Bean has a crush on and tries to get autographs from her. She gives Mr. Bean one in a handkerchief with a lipstick mark after her mean security guard prevents him. She only appears in Bean In Love. A similar character appears in Restaurant.
  • Mr. Pod - (Voiced by Rowan Atkinson) - A clone of Mr. Bean from outer space. He only appears in Double Trouble
  • Runner - He only appears in A Running Battle. He and Bean may be friends.
  • Albert Einstein - He only appears in Inventor. He had a crush on Mrs. Wicket but Mr. Bean disabled that.

Episodes[edit]

The programme lasted for three series, which contained a total of 52 episodes. The first two series were broadcast in a prime-time Saturday night slot on ITV, and featured two back-to-back episodes in a half-hour segment. However, the third series was broadcast daily on CITV, and the series was run as twenty single episodes, rather than back-to-back segments. The final episode was titled "Double Trouble", and it was aired on 2 June 2004.

DVD releases[edit]

The animated version has been re-released on DVD by A&E Home Video in Region 1 (actually are Region Free), and Universal Pictures in Regions 2 and 4. In the US, all 52 episodes were released on six volumes. However, in the UK and Australia, the six volumes only contained 47 of the 52 episodes, with the other five episodes appearing each as extras on the DVD releases of the live-action series. The reason for this is that when the episodes were classified by the BBFC in the UK, they were given a PG certificate rather than a U certificate. It was decided that the DVDs of the animated series should have a U certificate so the five PG episodes were not included.

Region 1[edit]

DVD name # of episodes Release date
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 1: Bean There, Done That 8 30 September 2003
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 2: Whatever Will Bean, Will Bean 10 30 March 2004
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 3: It's All Bean To Me 8 30 March 2004
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 4: Grin & Bean It 8 28 September 2004
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 5: The End Justify The Beans 8 28 September 2004
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 6: It's Not Easy Being Bean 10
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 1&2: It's Not Easy Being Bean/Bean There, Done That 18 September 2004
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 3&4: Whatever Will Bean, Will Bean/It's All Bean To Me 16 September 2004
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 5&6: Grin & Bean It/The Ends Justify The Beans 18 September 2004

Region 2[edit]

DVD name # of episodes Release date
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 1: Eight Amazing Adventures 8 29 August 2005
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 2: Eight Exciting Escapades 8 27 March 2006
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 3: Eight Terrific Tales 8 31 July 2006
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 4: Seven Smashing Stories 7 13 November 2006
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 5: Eight Essential Escapades 8 19 March 2007
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 6: Eight Sticky Scrapes 8 22 November 2007
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, The Bean Boxset ("Complete"): Boxset 47 18 March 2008

Region 3[edit]

DVD name # of episodes Release date
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 1: Eight Amazing Adventures 8 23 August 2004
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 2: Eight Exciting Escapades 8 5 July 2007
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 3: Eight Terrific Tales 8 28 October 2009
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 4: Seven Smashing Stories 7 28 October 2009
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 5: Eight Eventful Episodes 8 28 October 2009
Mr. Bean- The Animated Series, Vol 6: Eight Sticky Scrapes 8 28 October 2009

International broadcast[edit]

Country/Region Channel
 United States PBS
 Canada CBC Television
 Australia Australian Broadcasting Corporation
 United Kingdom ITV (TV network)
Nickelodeon (UK)
Boomerang (UK)
Cartoon Network Too
CITV
 Germany Super RTL
 Belgium Club RTL
Quebec Quebec VRAK.TV
 France Disney Channel (France)
RTS Deux
Boomerang (France)
 Finland Yle TV2
 Indonesia antv
Disney Channel (Indonesia)
 Italy K2 (TV channel)
frisbee (TV channel)
Disney XD (Italy)
Disney Channel (Italy)
 Hungary RTL Klub
Minimax (TV channel)
 Malaysia NTV7
Disney Channel (Malaysia)
 Netherlands Ketnet
Nickelodeon (Netherlands)
 Norway Cartoon Network (Nordic)
 Poland TVP1
BBC Entertainment
 Brazil Fox Latin America
Rede Bandeirantes
 Portugal RTP1
SIC K
 Serbia and Montenegro Happy TV
 Sweden SVT1
SVT Barnkanalen
Cartoon Network (Nordic)
 Slovenia RTV SLO 1
 India Pogo
 Hong Kong Xing Kong
 South Africa BBC Entertainment
 Croatia RTL Kockica
 Taiwan Disney Channel (Taiwan)

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