Mr. Bean (animated TV series)

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Mr. Bean: The Animated Series
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Title card
GenreAnimated sitcom
Based on
Directed by
  • Richard Purdum (series 1–3)
  • Miklós Varga (series 1–3)
  • Sergey Gordeev (series 1–3)
  • Katalin Móré (series 1–3)
  • Mihály Sikur (series 1–3)
  • Evgueni Pavlenko and Elena Rogova (series 1–3)
  • Andrei Ignatenko (series 1–3)
  • Tim Fehrenbach (series 4)
  • Dave Osborne (series 5)
Voices of
Composer(s)Howard Goodall
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)
  • English
No. of series5
No. of episodes130 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Rowan Atkinson
  • Katherine Senior
  • Peter Bennett-Jones (series 1–3)
  • Christopher Skala (series 4)
  • Karla Sakas Shropshire (series 5)
Producer(s)
  • Claudia Lloyd (series 1–3)
  • Tom Beattie (series 4)
Editor(s)
  • Mark Edwards (series 1–3)
  • Thomas Ernst (series 1–3)
  • Graham Silcock (series 4)
  • Luke Robinson (series 4)
Running time11 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original networkITV (2002–2003)
CITV (2004–2019)
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original release5 January 2002 –
8 October 2019
Chronology
Related showsMr. Bean
External links
Website

Mr. Bean: The Animated Series (also known as simply Mr. Bean) is a British animated sitcom produced by Tiger Aspect Productions in association with Richard Purdum Productions, Varga Holdings and Sunwoo Entertainment (for its first three series). Based on the 1990–95 British live-action television sitcom of the same name created by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson, the series centers on Mr. Bean (voiced by the latter), Teddy, Irma Gobb and the Reliant Regal's mysterious driver with the addition of new characters such as Mrs. Wicket, Bean's landlady and her evil cat Scrapper. In February 2001, the series was officially announced, with it premiering shortly afterwards.[2][3]

Debuting on 5 January 2002 and ending on 2 June 2004, three series and 52 episodes were originally broadcast, each consisting of two 11-minute segments. The first two series were originally broadcast on ITV1 at a prime time Saturday night slot. In May 2004, the series left ITV1 and the third and final series was instead broadcast daily on CITV due to the series's popularity with younger audiences.

In January 2014, CITV announced a revival of the series with Rowan Atkinson returning as the voice of Mr. Bean, along with other cast members reprising their roles. The revival now features 78 new episodes; the new episodes began airing from 16 February 2015 onwards.[4] The revival now contains more actual dialogue than in the original series which mostly featured little sound effects and mumbling.

Characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Mr. Bean (voiced by Rowan Atkinson) – The titular character and main protagonist of the series who wants every environment around him to be clean and out of trouble.
  • Teddy – Mr. Bean's lifelong best friend. Despite being an inanimate object, Bean assumes that Teddy is alive, much like in the original live action series.
  • Mrs. Wicket (voiced by Sally Grace) – Mr. Bean's mean-spirited elderly landlady who often despises Bean, though she can occasionally be friendly to him. As a running gag, she screams out loud during bad situations, often scaring the birds outside the flat.
  • Scrapper - Mrs. Wicket's evil one-eyed pet cat who despises Mr. Bean, much like his owner.
  • Irma Gobb (voiced by Matilda Ziegler) – Mr. Bean's long-suffering girlfriend, just like she is in the live action series.

Supporting[edit]

  • The Burglars – A duo of unnamed thieves (one stocky and the other small) who frequently commit crimes while in various disguises, but are nevertheless frequently defeated and arrested by the police, mainly when Mr. Bean is their victim or witness.
  • The Bruisers – Mr. Bean and Mrs. Wicket's initially unnamed neighbours, a working class overweight family consisting of a father, mother, three spoiled children and a dog. While appearing as a whole family in the episodes "Neighbourly Bean", "Scaredy Bean" and "Super Spy", the Bruisers appear as father and son in most episodes.
  • Queen Elizabeth II – The queen regnant of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, of whom Mr. Bean is a fan.
  • The Traffic Warden – A minor antagonist who appeared previously in the original live action series episode "The Trouble with Mr. Bean". She is an unnamed parking enforcement officer who is in charge of locating and ticketing illegally-parked cars. Since Mr. Bean habitually parks his Mini illegally, she often gets in his way, which puts Bean at odds with her. She is very committed at her duty, even ticketing a police officer once.
  • Reliant Regal – A running gag object; a blue three-wheeled car that falls victim to accidents whenever Mr. Bean bypasses it in his Mini, much like in the original live action series.
  • Lottie – Irma's teddy bear who looks identical to Teddy except she has eyelashes, a red bow and a skirt. She is portrayed as Teddy's girlfriend, but Mr. Bean disapproves of this relationship (with the exception of the episode "Double Trouble").
  • Mr. Pod - A man who is identical to Mr. Bean. Instead of having a teddy, he has a toy penguin called Pengy.[5] He only appears in the episode "Double Trouble". Mr. Pod is not the only doppelgänger of Bean to appear in the episode; in it, Mr Bean boards a spaceship, and the inhabitants of the ship all look exactly like him.[6]

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1185 January 200226 March 2002
21616 February 20035 April 2003
3186 May 20042 June 2004
45216 February 201510 March 2016
Special130 October 201830 October 2018
5269 April 20198 October 2019

Reception[edit]

The show was met with mostly positive reviews from television critics and audiences much like the original live action series; it holds a 7.8/10 rating on TV.com, a 6.8/10 rating on IMDb and an 84% rating from Google users. Common Sense Media, an education and advocacy group that promotes safe technology and media for children, wrote that the "UK slapstick cartoon [is] geared toward older kids, adults."[7]

Home media[edit]

Mr. Bean: The Animated Series has been released on DVD by A&E Home Video in Region 1 (actually are Region Free[dubious ]), and by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment in Regions 2 and 4. In the United States, the first three series of the series were released entirely on six volumes while in the United Kingdom and Australia, the six volumes only contained 47 of the 52 episodes, to which the last five episodes instead appeared each as extra features on DVDs of the original live action series.

The reason for this was that when the five episodes were classified by the British Board of Film Classification in the United Kingdom, they were each given a PG certificate instead of a U certificate, unlike the other episodes. It was decided that all the DVDs of the series should have a U certificate each, resulting in the five PG-rated episodes not being included.

In Region 4, the DVD Mr. Bean: The Animated Series: Season 2, Volume 3 - Racing Adventures was an exclusive product for Big W; nowadays, it is no longer available.[8]

Mr. Bean: The Animated Series home video releases
Series Episodes Years active Release dates
 United States  United Kingdom  Australia  Italy
1 18 2002 Volume 1: Bean There, Done That: 30 September 2003[9]
Episodes: "Nurse!" – "The Bottle"
Volume 4: Grin and Bean It: 28 September 2004[10]
Episodes: "No Parking" • "Bean's Bounty"
Volume 6: It's Not Easy Being Bean: 28 September 2004
Episodes: "In the Wild" • "Missing Teddy" • "Mime Games" – "Homeless"
Volume 1: Eight Amazing Adventures: 29 August 2005; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010; twenty-fifth anniversary reissue: 20 July 2015
Episodes: "In the Wild" – "Spring Clean"
Volume 2: Eight Exciting Escapades: 27 March 2006; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
Episodes: "Birthday Bear" – "Homeless"
Volume 4: Seven Smashing Stories: 13 November 2006; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
Episodes: "Nurse!" – "The Bottle"
The Bean Boxset!: 18 March 2008; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
Cat-Sitting and More Paw-some Adventures!: 29 August 2016
Episodes: "Birthday Bear" • "The Mole" • "Dead Cat" • "Magpie" • "Cat-Sitting"
Egg and Bean and Other Springtime Surprises: 3 April 2017
Episodes: "Spring Clean"
Volume 1: Eight Amazing Adventures: 18 August 2004
Episodes: "In the Wild" – "Spring Clean"
Volume 2: Eight Exciting Escapades: 4 July 2007
Episodes: "Birthday Bear" – "Homeless"
Volume 4: Seven Smashing Stories: 28 October 2009
Episodes: "Nurse!" – "The Bottle"
2 16 2003 Volume 1: Bean There, Done That: 30 September 2003
Episodes: "Goldfish" • "Inventor"
Volume 2: Whatever Will Bean, Will Bean: 30 March 2004[11]
Episodes: "Royal Bean" – "Restaurant"
Volume 3: It's All Bean to Me: 30 March 2004
Episodes: "Art Thief" – "Wanted"
Volume 3: Eight Terrific Tales: 31 July 2006; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
Episodes: "Royal Bean" – "Toothache"
Volume 4: Seven Smashing Stories: 13 November 2006; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
Episodes: "Neighbourly Bean"
Volume 5: Eight Eventful Escapades: 19 March 2007; twentieth anniversary reissue: 9 September 2010
Episodes: "Inventor" • "Car Trouble" • "Restaurant" • "Wanted"
The Bean Boxset!: 18 March 2008; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
Cat-Sitting and More Paw-some Adventures!: 29 August 2016
Episodes: "In the Pink"
On Thin Ice and Other Winter Wonders: 2 October 2017
Episodes: "Young Bean" • "Dinner for Two"
Volume 3: Eight Terrific Tales: 28 October 2009
Episodes: "Royal Bean" – "Toothache"
Volume 4: Seven Smashing Stories: 28 October 2009
Episodes: "Neighbourly Bean"
Volume 5: Eight Eventful Escapades: 28 October 2009
Episodes: "Inventor" • "Car Trouble" • "Restaurant" • "Wanted"
3 18 2004 Volume 3: It's All Bean to Me: 30 March 2004
Episodes: "Gadget Kid" – "Keyboard Capers"
Volume 4: Grin and Bean It: 28 September 2004
Episodes: "Artful Bean" – "Egg and Bean"
Volume 5: The Ends Justify the Beans: 28 September 2004
Episodes: "Camping" – "Double Trouble"
Volume 1: Eight Amazing Adventures: 29 August 2005; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010; twenty-fifth anniversary reissue: 20 July 2015
Episodes: "Artful Bean" • "The Fly"
Volume 2: Eight Exciting Escapades: 27 March 2006; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
Episodes: "No Pets" • "Ray of Sunshine"
Volume 3: Eight Terrific Tales: 31 July 2006; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
Episodes: "Camping" • "Chocks Away"
Volume 5: Eight Eventful Escapades: 19 March 2007; twentieth anniversary reissue: 9 September 2010
Episodes: "Gadget Kid" – "Keyboard Capers"
Volume 6: Eight Sticky Scrapes: 22 November 2007; twentieth anniversary reissue: 9 September 2010
Episodes: "A Royal Makeover" – "Egg and Bean" • "Hopping Mad!" • "A Grand Invitation" • "Bean in Love" • "Double Trouble"
The Bean Boxset!: 18 March 2008; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
Cat-Sitting and More Paw-some Adventures!: 29 August 2016
Episodes: "The Fly" • "Hopping Mad!" • "No Pets"
Egg and Bean and Other Springtime Surprises: 3 April 2017
Episodes: "Egg and Bean" • "Hopping Mad!" • "Ray of Sunshine"
Volume 1: Eight Amazing Adventures: 18 August 2004
Episodes: "Artful Bean" • "The Fly"
Volume 2: Eight Exciting Escapades: 4 July 2007
Episodes: "No Pets" • "Ray of Sunshine"
Volume 3: Eight Terrific Tales: 28 October 2009
Episodes: "Camping" • "Chocks Away"
Volume 5: Eight Eventful Escapades: 28 October 2009
Episodes: "Gadget Kid" – "Keyboard Capers"
Volume 6: Eight Sticky Scrapes: 28 October 2009
Episodes: "A Royal Makeover" – "Egg and Bean" • "Hopping Mad!" • "A Grand Invitation" • "Bean in Love" • "Double Trouble"
4 52 2015–16 N/A Volume 7: Nine Tremendous Tales (Original release) / Home Movie and More Tremendous Tales! (2017 New Cover Re release): 7 September 2015
Episodes: "Home Movie" – "Valentine's Bean"
Volume 8: Nine Splendid Stories (Original release) / Holiday For Teddy and More Tantalising Tales! (2017 New Cover Re release): 19 October 2015
Episodes: "All You Can Eat" – "Lord Bean"
Volume 9: Racing Adventures and More Exciting Escapades!: 23 May 2016
Episodes: "Car Wars" – "Taxi Bean"
Volume 10: Halloween and More Awesome Stories!: 3 October 2016
Episodes: "Muscle Bean" – "Halloween"
Volume 11: SuperBean and Other Splendid Stories!: 30 January 2017
Episodes: "Wrestle Bean" – "Ice Cream"
Egg and Bean and Other Springtime Surprises: 3 April 2017
Episodes: "Holiday for Teddy" • "Scout Bean" • "A New Friend" • "Ice Cream"
Volume 12: Birthday Bean and Friends: 24 July 2017
Episodes: "Bean Painting" • "Birthday Party" – "Bean Shopping"
On Thin Ice and Other Winter Wonders: 2 October 2017
Episodes: "Green Bean" • "Rat Trap" • "Viral Bean" • "Lord Bean" • "Jurassic Bean"
Volume 7: Nine Tremendous Tales: 24 September 2015
Episodes: "Home Movie" – "Valentine's Bean"
Volume 8: Nine Splendid Stories: 24 September 2015
Episodes: "All You Can Eat" – "Lord Bean"
Volume 9: Racing Adventures and More Exciting Escapades!: 16 June 2016[12]
Episodes: "Car Wars" – "Taxi Bean"
Volume 10: Halloween and More Awesome Stories!: 2017
Episodes: "Muscle Bean" – "Halloween"
Volume 11: SuperBean and Other Splendid Stories!: 2017
Episodes: "Wrestle Bean" – "Ice Cream"
5 26 2019 N/A

Video games[edit]

A third-person platform video game based on the series and titled Mr. Bean's Wacky World was released on 14 December 2009 on PAL for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo DS and Nintendo Wii (retitled as Mr Bean's Wacky World of Wii).

Two apps also based on the series have been released such as Mr. Bean: Around the World[13] and Mr. Bean: Flying Teddy, which are both available globally on iOS, Android and Amazon mobile devices.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Toonhound - Mr Bean: The Animated Series". 19 May 2008. Retrieved 19 May 2008.
  2. ^ Deans, Jason (6 February 2001). "Mr Bean turned into cartoon". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Mr.Bean To Become A Cartoon". 10 October 2000. Retrieved 8 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Rowan Atkinson working on new animated Mr Bean series". British Comedy Guide. 22 January 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2018.
  5. ^ Double Trouble and More (YouTube video). Official Mr Bean Channel. 4 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Mr Bean: 25 facts and figures for his 25th anniversary". Radio Times. 15 February 2015.
  7. ^ "Mr. Bean: The Animated Series". commonsensemedia.org.
  8. ^ Mr. Bean: The Animated Series: Season 2, Volume 3 - Racing Adventures DVD, retrieved 24 July 2018
  9. ^ "Mr. Bean (2002): It's Not Easy Being Bean / Bean There, Done That". Amazon.com. 2 September 2003.
  10. ^ "Mr. Bean (2002): Grin and Bean It / The Ends Justify the Beans". Amazon.com. 31 August 2004.
  11. ^ "Mr. Bean (2002): Whatever Will Bean, Will Bean / It's All Bean to Me". Amazon.com. 2 September 2003.
  12. ^ "Mr. Bean Animated Season 2 - Volume 3 DVD R4 for sale online". eBay.
  13. ^ [1][dead link]

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