Mr. Bean (animated TV series)

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Mr. Bean
Mr-bean-animated-episode-opening-card.PNG
Opening title card of the original series.
Genre Comedy
Based on Mr. Bean
by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson
Voices of
Composer(s) Howard Goodall
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • Hungary
  • South Korea
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 104 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Rowan Atkinson
  • Katherine Senior
  • Peter Bennett-Jones (Season 1–3)
  • Christopher Skala (Season 4)
Producer(s)
  • Claudia Lloyd (Season 1–3)
  • Tom Beattie (Season 4)
Editor(s)
  • Mark Edwards (Season 1–3)
  • Thomas Ernst (Season 1–3)
  • Graham Silcock (Season 4)
  • Luke Robinson (Season 4)
Running time 11–12 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original network ITV
CITV
Picture format 16:9
4:3
Audio format Dolby Surround
Original release Original series: 5 January 2002- – 10 March 2016
Chronology
Related shows Mr. Bean
External links
Website

Mr. Bean (also known as Mr. Bean: The Animated Series) is a British-Hungarian-South Korean animated television sitcom produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and, only for its first three seasons, by Richard Purdum Productions, Varga Holdings, and Sunwoo Entertainment.

It is based on the British live action series of the same name, and the characters included Mr. Bean, Irma Gobb, Teddy, and the Reliant Supervan's mysterious driver, with the new addition of Mrs. Wicket, Bean's landlady, and her evil cat Scrapper. In October 2000, it was reported that Mr. Bean would become animated, which was initially to be targeted at adults.[2] In February 2001, the series was officially announced, with it premièring shortly afterwards.[3]

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 Matilda Ziegler, Sally Grace, Jon Glover, Gary Martin, Rupert Degas, Lorelei King and Sophie-Louise Dann.

Despite the series' actual title being simply Mr. Bean, some broadcasters referred to this series as Mr. Bean: plus a subtitle for differentiating from the original live action series. Disney Channel refers to this series as "Mr. Bean – The Animated Series" and the original live action series is listed as "Mr. Bean – Live Action Series" in their schedule.[4] The German version, aired on Super RTL, is titled "Mr. Bean – Die Cartoon-Serie".[5]

In January 2014, ITV announced a revival of the animated series, with Rowan Atkinson returning as Mr. Bean, along with other cast members reprising their roles. The new series now features 52 new episodes; the new episodes began airing from February 16, 2015 to March 10, 2016 on CITV.[6] The revival of the series now contains more actual dialogue than in the original series, which mostly featured little sound effects.

Main characters[edit]

  • Mr. Bean (voiced by Rowan Atkinson) – the title character who serves as the protagonist of the series. He wants every environment around him to be clean and out of trouble.
  • Teddy – Mr Bean's lifelong best friend. Despite being an inanimate object, Mr. Bean often pretends Teddy is alive.
  • Mrs. Julia Wicket (voiced by Sally Grace) – Mr. Bean's landlady, an old woman who occasionally serves as the antagonist. She owns a one-eyed cat named Scrapper. Although irate towards Bean quite easily, they occasionally have a good relationship.
  • Scrapper - The evil one-eyed cat who is owned by Julia who usually messes with Mr. Bean for some reasons.
  • Irma Gobb (voiced by Matilda Ziegler) – Mr. Bean's girlfriend.
  • Lottie – Irma's teddy bear. She looks almost identical to Mr. Bean's Teddy, except she has eyelashes, a red bow and a red skirt. She is sometimes portrayed as Teddy's girlfriend, but Bean dislikes this relationship.
  • The Burglars (voiced by Robin Williams) – A duo of two unnamed thieves, one stocky and the other small, who frequently commit crimes while in various disguises.
  • The Bruisers – Mr. Bean's initially unnamed neighbours, a working-class family made up of a father, mother and three children, with a dog named Tutati. While appearing as a whole family in "Neighbourly Bean" and "Scaredy Bean", the Bruisers appear as father and son in most episodes.

Episodes[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 18 5 January 2002 26 March 2002
2 16 16 February 2003 5 April 2003
3 18 6 May 2004 2 June 2004
4 52 16 February 2015 10 March 2016

The programme originally lasted for three series, which contained a total of 52 episodes. The first two series in 2002 to 2003 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 in 2004 was broadcast daily on CITV, and the series was run as twenty single episodes, rather than back to back segments.

The final episode of the third series was titled "Double Trouble", and it was aired on 2 June 2004.

In January 2014, CITV announced that a new animated series would be made, with Rowan Atkinson once again providing his voice for the role. Fifty-two new episodes, each lasting twelve minutes were recorded during 2014, and began airing on 16 February 2015 on CITV.

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 United States, all 52 episodes were released on six volumes. However, in the United Kingdom 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 United Kingdom, 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 – Volume 1: Bean There, Done That 10 30 September 2003
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Volume 2: Whatever Will Bean, Will Bean 10 30 March 2004
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Volume 3: It's All Bean to Me 8 30 March 2004
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Volume 4: Grin and Bean It 8 28 September 2004
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Volume 5: The Ends Justify the Beans 8 28 September 2004
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Volume 6: It's Not Easy Being Bean 10 28 September 2004
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Volume 1 and 2: It's Not Easy Being Bean & Bean There, Done That 18 28 September 2004
Mr. Bean The Animated Series Volume 3 and 4: Whatever Will Bean, Will Bean & It's All Bean to Me 16 28 September 2004
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Volume 5 and 6: Grin and Bean It & The Ends Justify the Beans 18 28 September 2004

Region 2[edit]

DVD name # of episodes Release date
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 1: Eight Amazing Adventures 8 29 August 2005; 20th Anniversary Re release: 6 September 2010; 25th Anniversary Re release: 20 July 2015
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 2: Eight Exciting Escapades 8 27 March 2006; 20th Anniversary Re release: 6 September 2010
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 3: Eight Terrific Tales 8 31 July 2006; 20th Anniversary Re release: 6 September 2010
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 4: Seven Smashing Stories 7 13 November 2006; 20th Anniversary Re release: 6 September 2010
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 5: Eight Eventful Escapades 8 19 March 2007; 20th Anniversary Re release: 9 September 2010
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 6: Eight Sticky Scrapes 8 22 November 2007; 20th Anniversary Re release: 9 September 2010
Mr. Bean The Animated Series: The Bean Boxset! (Numbers 1–6) 47 18 March 2008; 20th Anniversary Re release: 6 September 2010
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 7: Nine Tremendous Tales 9 7 September 2015
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 7: Home Movie & MORE Tremendous Tales! (2017 New Cover Re release) 9 7 September 2015
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 8: Nine Splendid Stories 9 19 October 2015
Mr. Bean The Animated Series - Number 8: Holiday For Teddy & MORE Tantalising Tales! (2017 New Cover Re release) 9 19 October 2015
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 9: Racing Adventures & MORE Exciting Escapades! 8 23 May 2016
Mr. Bean The Animated Series: Cat Sitting & MORE Paw-some Adventures! (Re release of episodes) 9 29 August 2016
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 10: HallowBean & MORE Awesome Stories! 9 3 October 2016
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 11: SuperBean & OTHER Splendid Stories! 8 30 January 2017
Mr. Bean The Animated Series: Egg & Bean & OTHER Springtime Surprises! (Re release of episodes) 8 3 April 2017
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 12: Birthday Bean & FRIENDS! 9 24 July 2017
Mr. Bean The Animated Series: On Thin Ice & OTHER Winter Wonders! (Re release of episodes) 7 2 October 2017

Region 4[edit]

Season 2, Volume 3 was an exclusive for Big W, which is no longer available.

DVD name # of episodes Release date
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 1: Eight Amazing Adventures 8 18 August 2004
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 2: Eight Exciting Escapades 8 4 July 2007
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 3: Eight Terrific Tales 8 28 October 2009
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 4: Seven Smashing Stories 7 28 October 2009
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 5: Eight Eventful Escapades 8 28 October 2009
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Number 6: Eight Sticky Scrapes 8 28 October 2009
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Season 2 Vol.1: Nine Tremendous Tales 9 24 September 2015
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Season 2 Vol.2: Nine Splendid Stories 9 24 September 2015
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Season 2 Vol.3: Silly Stories 9 13 September 2017
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Season 2 Vol.4: Halloween & MORE Awesome Stories! 9 2017 (2017)

Merchandising[edit]

Two Mr. Bean games based on the animated series have been released: Mr. Bean: Around the World[7] and Mr. Bean: Flying Teddy.[citation needed] Both are available globally on iOS, Android and Amazon mobile devices.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toonhound - Mr Bean: The Animated Series". 19 May 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  2. ^ "Mr.Bean To Become A Cartoon". 10 October 2000. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Mr Bean turned into cartoon". 6 February 2001. Retrieved 10 September 2015. 
  4. ^ "Disney Channel Asia TV Guide". 19 May 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  5. ^ "TV Wunschliste - Mr. Bean - Die Cartoon-Serie". 19 May 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008. 
  6. ^ http://www.comedy.co.uk/news/story/000001347/mr_bean_animated_series_for_2014/
  7. ^ http://www.thegamerscene.com/mobile/android/mr-bean-to-travel-around-the-world/

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