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Bob the Builder (2015 TV series)

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Bob the Builder
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GenreChildren's animation
Created byKeith Chapman
Based onBob the Builder
Voices ofLee Ingleby (UK)
Joanne Froggatt
Jacob Scipio (UK)
Colin Murdock (US)
Ian James Corlett (US)
Lee Tockar (US)
Theme music composerPaul K. Joyce
ComposersDavid Schweitzer (2015–2017)
Tim Foy (2018)
Paul Koffman (2018)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series3
No. of episodes130 (+1 special) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersKim Dent Wilder (2015–2017)
Michael Hefferon (2015–2017)
Edward Catchpole (2015–2016)
Christopher Keenan (2015–2018)
Steven DeNure (2018)
Kirsten Newlands (2018)
ProducersKylie Ellis (2015–2017)
Fred de Bradeny (2015–2017)
Camera setupMulti-camera (2004–2018)
Production companiesHIT Entertainment (2015–2017)
Mattel Creations (2017–2018)
Animation:
Mainframe Studios (2015–2017)
DHX Studios Halifax (2018)
DistributorMattel (2015–2018)
DHX Media (2017–2018)
Release
Original networkChannel 5
Picture format16:9 1080p (HDTV)
Original release1 September 2015 (2015-09-01) –
30 December 2018 (2018-12-30)
Chronology
Related showsBob the Builder (original series)
External links
Website

Bob the Builder is a British CGI animated children's television series and a reboot of the animated television show of the same name. It was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on Channel 5, beginning on 1 September 2015 and PBS Kids in the United States in 14 November.

Despite being set in an alternate continuity from the original series, most online sources list the reboot as the 19th season and onward.

Episodes

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 52 1 September 2015 (2015-09-01) 29 February 2016 (2016-02-29)
2 52 27 June 2016 (2016-06-27) 7 September 2017 (2017-09-07)
3 26 2 January 2018 (2018-01-02) 30 December 2018 (2018-12-30)

Cast

United Kingdom

United States

Production and broadcast

After the original show ended in 2011, Mattel bought the Bob the Builder franchise for a revamped original series. The series was given a visual overhaul for both the environmental hybrid characters and the scenery, with Bob and his team moving to the bustling metropolis of Fixham. 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 have CGI faces were also introduced, including a heavy delivery vehicle named Two-Tonne.

Turner Broadcasting System later bought the broadcasting rights for the 2015 series for the United Kingdom to be repeated on Cartoon Network UK's sister preschool channel Cartoonito UK. The channel began airing the series in January 2016.[1] After the second 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 had started work for the third season and that their Halifax studio have officially replaced Rainmaker Entertainment.

The show also aired on Family Jr. in Canada, as well as 10 Peach (formerly known as Eleven) and ABC Kids in Australia in 2016. In the United States, it aired on PBS Kids from 2015 until 2018. Qubo aired the reboot series on 26 August 2019 for only the third series, but the original British dub is aired on that channel, instead of the American dub. The show currently airs on Kids Street.

Reception and criticism

The reboot was poorly received by longtime fans of the older series. Criticism focused on the characters' redesigns and the changes to their personalities.[2]

References

  1. ^ "Boomerang UK And Cartoonito UK January 2009 Highlights". RegularCapital.com. Turner Broadcasting System. Retrieved 14 January 2016.
  2. ^ Campbell, Tina (12 October 2014). "Bob The Builder gets a makeover: 'WTF have they done?' asks everyone". Metro. Retrieved 2 June 2017.