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
Children's television series
Based on Mr. Bean
by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson
Voices of
Composer(s) Howard Goodall
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • Hungary
Original language(s)
  • English
  • Hungarian
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 158 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
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 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 animated children's comedy television series 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. 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]

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 and mumbling.

Overview[edit]

Mr. Bean is based on the 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.

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.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Mr. Bean (voiced by Rowan Atkinson) – the title character 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 assumes that Teddy is alive.
  • Mrs. Julia Wicket (voiced by Sally Grace) – Mr. Bean's elderly demeaning landlady. 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 reason.
  • 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 – 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.

Supporting[edit]

  • Harry - Mr. Bean's obese old friend and former kindergarten classmate who devours every food he can find.
  • Queen Elizabeth II - the ruler of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth whom Mr. Bean idolises.
  • Reliant Regal - the victim of accidents when Mr. Bean bypasses it.

Episodes[edit]

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.

Broadcast[edit]

In the United Kingdom the series debuted on January 5, 2002 on ITV1. It originally aired at a Saturday night prime-time slot. In 2004, however, it left ITV1 and was instead broadcast daily on CITV due to the show’s appeal to a child audience, and the series was run as twenty single episodes rather than back to back segments. In the UK & Ireland the series also premiered on Nickelodeon and Nicktoons but ended in 2010, then it premiered on Boomerang on September 6, 2010[7]. The series returned to CITV on April 7, 2014 after a year hiatus.[8]

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 title Season(s) Episode count Release date Episodes
Bean There, Done That 1, 2 8 September 30, 2003 13 ("Nurse!") – 20 ("Inventor")
Whatever Will Bean, Will Bean 2 10 March 30, 2004 21 ("Royal Bean") – 30 ("Restaurant")
It's All Bean to Me 2, 3 8 31 ("Art Thief") – 38 ("Keyboard Capers")
Grin and Bean It 1, 3 September 28, 2004 3 ("No Parking"), 4 ("Bean's Bounty"), 39 ("Artful Bean") – 44 ("Egg and Bean")
The Ends Justify the Beans 3 45 ("Camping") – 52 ("Double Trouble")
It's Not Easy Being Bean 1 10 1 ("In the Wild"), 2 ("Missing Teddy"), 5 ("Mime Games") – 12 ("Homeless")

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: Racing Adventures & MORE Exciting Escapades[9] 9 16 June 2016[10]
Mr. Bean The Animated Series – Season 2 Vol.4: Halloween & MORE Awesome Stories! 9 2017 (2017)
Mr. Bean The Animated Series: Superbean & OTHER Splendid Stories! 8 2017

Merchandising[edit]

Two Mr. Bean games based on the animated series have been released: Mr. Bean: Around the World[11] and Mr. Bean: Flying Teddy.[citation needed] Both are available globally on iOS, Android and Amazon mobile devices.[citation needed]

References[edit]

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