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Bob the Builder has been parodied by ''[[Robot Chicken]]'' in the episode "[[More Blood, More Chocolate]]," and by ''[[Comedy Inc.]]'' as Bodgy Builder.
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Bob the Builder has been parodied by ''[[Robot Chicken]]'' in the episode "[[More Blood, More Chocolate]]," and by ''[[Comedy Inc.]]'' as Bodgy Builder.He is not a good thINGJJFAJAFJJLSAF
   
 
Bob was also parodied on Cartoon Network's ''[[MAD (TV series)|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]]).
 
Bob was also parodied on Cartoon Network's ''[[MAD (TV series)|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]]).

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Bob the Builder
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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
Richard Herman
Wayne Forester[1]
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 18
Production
Executive producer(s) Kate Fawkes
Theresa Plummer-Andrews
Producer(s) Jackie Cockle
Camera setup Single camera (1997), Multi-camera (2004–present)
Production company(s) HiT Entertainment
Hot Animation
Release
Original network CBBC (1996), CBeebies (2002–present) Nick Jr. (2001–present)
Original release 12 April 1999 (1999-04-12) – present
Chronology
Related shows Chuggington
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 (all made of clay). 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 gang help with renovations, construction, and repairs and with other projects as needed. The show emphasizes conflict resolution, co-operation, socialization 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.

Impact

Bob the Builder was nominated in the BAFTA "Pre-school animation" category from 1997 to 2009, and won the "Children's Animation" category in 2003 for the special episode "A Christmas to Remember."[2] 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[3]

Bob the Builder has been parodied by Robot Chicken in the episode "More Blood, More Chocolate," and by Comedy Inc. as Bodgy Builder.He is not a good thINGJJFAJAFJJLSAF

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).

Characters

Merchandise

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.[citation needed]

Brio

Brio created some Bob the Builder characters and minifigures for their Bob the Builder line. For example, the Travis and Scoop Wooden Race Set was created, along with other sets. Years later, the range had been discontinued.[citation needed]

Lego Duplo/Explorer

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.[citation needed]

Hasbro

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.[citation needed]

Learning Curve

Learning Curve among countless others currently holds a license to produce official merchandise. They first merchandised their Bob the Builder products in 2005 after the Hasbro range was discontinued. They are a lot more fun to use than any other company. Learning Curve also created the Thomas and Friends characters, while the company still makes the sets (e.g. Scoop, Muck, Lofty, Dizzy, Bob's Trailer, etc) and then sold them to stores. They still make the toys as of today.[citation needed]

Character World

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.

Project: Build-It

In the second season, a sort of spin-off series was created titled "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 team 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 not known whether Bob will return to Bobsville or not.

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 Neil Morrissey, who played the original Bob, to be the voices of Spud the Scarecrow and Mr. Bentley. The show also added recycling and being environmentally friendly to its lessons, emphasising the phrase "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle."

Ready, Steady, Build!

The third spin-off has been revealed as 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, though it still retains the theme song.[4] Scratch is first seen in this spin-off.

Guest appearances

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

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 is shown on CBeebies on BBC television in the UK. 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, Richard Herman, and Wayne Forester.

Australia

Bob the Builder is shown with the ABC Kids programming in Australia.[5]

Brazil

"Bob, o Construtor" is aired in Brazil on Discovery Kids.[6]

Canada and the United States

Treehouse TV and TVOntario air Bob the Builder in Canada, and it was shown on Nick Jr. beginning on 15 January 2001 up until 2005 in the United States until the 2005–2006 season when it was offered as part of the PBS Kids lineup, and currently airs on the PBS Kids Sprout cable network. The show also aired in the US on CBS between 2001 and 2002 as part of the "Nick Jr. on CBS" E/I lineup.

The Northern American version of the show uses the original British footage, but dubs the voices in local accents and slang; for example, the word "soccer" is used instead of "football" to avoid confusion with the gridiron forms of the game (though sometimes this is done haphazardly; in one episode, a "soccer field" is referred to but later it talks about "football tricks"). 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.[7] [8]

Quebec (Canada)

In the province of Quebec, the series is entitled "Bob le Bricoleur" in the French language and airs on Télé-Québec.

China

In the Chinese language version, it is called "Babu engineer." The show has been dubbed in the Chinese language.

Czech Republic

"Bořek stavitel" is aired on Česká televize, the national public television.

Denmark

In Denmark the show is named "Byggemand Bob" and is being aired on TV2 and repeated on DR1.

Finland

"Puuha-Pete" is aired in Finland on Nelonen every week from Monday to Friday at 7:50 am (in June 2010).

France

Beginning from 22 October 2005, "Bob le Bricoleur" has been airing on France 5 in France. This is the second season (called "Project: Build It" in English): "Mission Nature".[9]

Germany

Beginning from 2 February 2001, "Bob der Baumeister" has been airing on Super RTL in Germany. Since then, 157 episodes have been aired.

Greece

"Bob o Mastoras" is aired on Alter Channel, in both Greek and English.

Hungary

In 2007, beginning 20 November until the end of the year, "Bob, a mester" was aired every weekday (from 16:15) on Channel m1 of Hungarian Television.[10] The names of the characters are either translated in a more or less literal way (Farmer Pickles,[11] Pilchard,[12] Lofty, Roley[13]), left untranslated (Bob, Wendy[14]), or replaced to a phonetically similar word (Muck became Muki,[12] this similar-sounding word is semantically unrelated); in some cases, entirely new names were given, unrelated to the original ones both semantically and phonetically (Dizzy has become Trixi,[13] Scoop has become Márkus,[14] and Spud has become Piff,[15] none of these new names has any meaning in Hungarian). Bird is given a new name as well,[13][16] a word meaning "short" in a countryside dialect (infiltrated into youth slang as well);[17] but the choice may be motivated also by its onomatopoetic sound. Not only the broadcast episodes have been translated, but also the 2006 Annual.[18]

India

In India, the name is still "Bob the Builder" and it is broadcast on POGO. It is dubbed in Hindi.

Israel

In Israel, "Bob HaBanai" (בוב הבנאי) is aired in the Israeli Educational Television and in other children's channels in cable and satellite television. It is dubbed in Hebrew, and Bob's catchphrase is "נצליח לתקן?," to which the other characters respond with "כן! כן! כן!"

Italy

In Italy the show is named "Bob Aggiustatutto" and is being aired on RaiSat Yoyo.

Japan

The series aired in Japan as "ボブとはたらくブーブーズ" (Bob to Hataraku Buubuuzu). 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."[19] In fact, Bob the Builder aired in Japan without such edits[20], as did other series including Postman Pat and The Simpsons.

Latin America

In the Spanish speaking part of Latin America, the show is called "Bob, el Constructor" (literal translation of the title) and is aired by several public TV channels as well as by Discovery Kids. It was dubbed in Spanish and some of the voice actors are: 'Arturo Mercado' (Bob), 'María Fernanda Morales' (Wendy) and 'Jesús "Chucho" Barrero' (Spud).

Malaysia

The name of the program remains unchanged, however the program has been dubbed into Malay by Filem Karya Nusa. The programme originally premiered on TV3 in January 2000. Shortly after, Astro picked it up for its Astro Ria in-house channel. The version aired on Astro Ria is dubbed into Malay, with the original British English soundtrack also available by using the audio language button on the satellite decoder's remote. TV3 no longer aired the programme in 2003, however, it resumed in 2006 for a short period of time. Shortly after, TV9 picked up the programme for a short period of time in the original version. In 2010, Astro Ceria stopped the broadcast of the programme and it was aired on ntv7 with new episodes.

Netherlands

Soon after the BBC started airing, KRO aired the episodes of "Bob de Bouwer" in the Netherlands. Main voices are done by Bram Bart (Bob, Spud, Mr. Dickson, Mr. Ellis, Benny), Caroline Mout (Wendy, Dizzy, Scrambler) and Fred Meijer (Scoop, Lofty, Mr. Beasley, Mr. Bentley, Mr. Fothergill, Pogo, Sprouts ), Laus Steenbeeke (Farmer Pickles, Jake, Mr. Adams, Mr. Sabatini, Mr. Stevens, Robert the Builder, Skip, Tom the Twin Brother, Tony, Travis, Zoomer), Marjolein Algera (Aunt Doris, Charlene, Del, Dot the Builder, Jana von Strudel, Jenny, Marjorie Mayor, Molly, Mrs. Broadbent, Mrs. Percival, Mrs. Potts, Ms Barbara Bentley, Scoot, Trix) and Stan Limburg (Muck, Roley, JJ, Lenny Lazenby). Stan Limburg also is the Dutch voice-director.

Norway

In Norway the show is named "Byggmester Bob" and is being aired on TV2.

Philippines

In the Philippines, the name is still "Bob the Builder" and it is broadcast on TV5. It is dubbed in Tagalog.

Poland

"Bob Budowniczy" is aired on TVP1 7:00 pm. MiniMini aired the third season called "Bob the Builder: Ready Steady Build" since 2010.

Portugal

In Portugal, the series is entitled "Bob, o Construtor" and airs on RTP1, RTP2, Canal Panda and Jim Jam.

Serbia

"Мајстор Боб / Majstor Bob" is aired on Happy TV.

Slovenia

In Slovenia the show is named "Mojster Miha" and is being aired on RTV slovenija channel TV Slovenija 1.

Spain

"Bob y sus amigos" is aired in Spanish on Playhouse Disney. Bob always asks "¿Podemos hacerlo?" and his friends answer "¡Sí, podemos!"

Catalonia

The show is also aired in Catalan on TV3, the national public television of Catalonia as "Bob el Manetes." Bob always asks "Ens en sortirem?" and his friends answer "Sí, i tant!"

Sweden

In Sweden the show is named "Byggare Bob" and is being aired on SVTs child times.

United Kingdom

Beginning from 12 February 1999, the name is still "Bob the Builder" and is being broadcast on CBeebies. The voice of Bob is done by Neil Morrisey, a creator for drama adult's programme Men Behaving Badly. The third spin-off is being broadcast (Ready, Steady, Build). Other voices include Rob Rackstraw, Kate Harbour, Rupert Degas and Richard Briers.[21]

Scotland

The Scottish Gaelic language version is called "Calum Clachair" (Bob the Stonemason). It is used for alliteration.[22]

Wales

The Welsh language version is called "Bob Y Bildar" and began airing on S4C in October 2006, as part of the Planed Plant Bach lunchtime segment between 12:30 and 1:30 pm. The show has been dubbed into the Welsh language by record label Sain, which had previously provided Welsh dialogue for children's series Thomas the Tank Engine, The Large Family, Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom, Angelo Rules, Octonauts and Poppy Cat.[23]

Spin-offs

In the show MAD on Cartoon Network, he is known for appearing twice, once as a character in the episode "Mouse M.D.," and his own parody, "Destroy, Bob the Builder, Destroy."

Videos

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
AUS
[24]
IRE
[25]
NZ
[26]
UK
[27]
Bob the Builder: The Album 1 59 32 4
Never Mind the Breeze Blocks 87
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles

Year Single Peak chart
positions
Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
AUS
[30]
IRE
[25]
UK
[27]
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

  1. ^ "Bob the Builder – Cast and Crew". TV.com. Retrieved 1992. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ "Awards Database". Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  3. ^ "Interview with Sarah Ball, Bob the builder & Chuggington writer and director". Gurgle.com. Retrieved 2010-11-27.
  4. ^ "Bob the Builder: Ready, Steady, Build!". British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 27 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Bob the Builder – ABC Kids TV guide (dead link)". Retrieved 3 September 2006.
  6. ^ "Bob, o Construtor". Discovery Kids.
  7. ^ "Silk TV". Retrieved 7 April 2010.
  8. ^ "Marc Silk". Retrieved 7 April 2010.
  9. ^ "Bob le Bricoleur" (in French). francetélévisons distribution. Retrieved 11 August 2006.
  10. ^ "Bob, a mester" (in Hungarian). m1 of Hungarian Television. The flashes on the page are advertisements, not video excerpts.
  11. ^ Bob a Mester nagykönyve 2007: 12
  12. ^ a b Bob a Mester nagykönyve 2007: 10
  13. ^ a b c Bob a Mester nagykönyve 2007: 9
  14. ^ a b Bob a Mester nagykönyve 2007: 8
  15. ^ Bob a Mester nagykönyve 2007: 13
  16. ^ Bob a Mester nagykönyve 2007: 15
  17. ^ Ladó, Anett. "A nagyvárosi és a kisközségi gyerekek szleng használata" (Word document) (in Hungarian). pp. 12, 15.
  18. ^ Bob a Mester nagykönyve (in Hungarian). translated by Markwarth, Zsófia. Budapest: Egmont-Hungary Kft. 2007. ISBN 978 963 628 813 6. Made after the original: Bob the Builder Annual 2006. United Kingdom: Egmont Books Ltd. 2005. ISBN 1405220430.
  19. ^ "Bob the Builder fixed for Japan". BBC News. 20 April 2000. Retrieved 11 August 2006.
  20. ^ "2009 June 10 Japanese TV Ads Children Program Thomas & Friends and Bob The Builder". YouTube. 17 Aug 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  21. ^ The Bob the Builder Site, the Building Site.
  22. ^ "Calum Clachair (Bob the Builder)". BBC.
  23. ^ "Can we fix it? Ie, ni'n gallu, says Bob on S4C". icWales. 22 July 2006. Retrieved 11 August 2006.
  24. ^ "australian-charts.com: Australian charts portal". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  25. ^ a b "irishcharts - Discography Bob the Builder". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  26. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  27. ^ a b "Chart Log UK: Darren B - David Byrne". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2001 Albums". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  29. ^ a b c "BPI search results". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  30. ^ "australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved 28 July 2011.
  31. ^ a b "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2001 Singles". ARIA Charts. Retrieved 28 July 2011.

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