Bob the Builder

British children's animated television show

Bob the Builder is a British television programme for children. It is broadcasted on the BBC and around the world. It was first broadcast on April 12, 1999. It is developed by Hit Entertainment for PBS Kids and BBC Television.

Bob the Builder
GenreChildren's animation
Created byKeith Chapman
Directed bySarah Ball
Liz Whitaker
Brian Little
Nick Herbert
Gilly Fogg
Andy Burns
Geoff Walker
Voices ofOriginal series
Neil Morrissey
Rob Rackstraw
Kate Harbour
Rupert Degas
Colin McFarlane
Maria Darling
Emma Tate
Richard Briers
June Whitfield[1]
Greg Proops
Reboot series
Lee Ingleby (UK)
Joanne Froggatt
Jacob Scipio (UK)
Colin Murdock (US)
Ian James Corlett (US)
Lee Tockar (US)
Theme music composerPaul K. Joyce
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series18 (original series)
3 (reboot series)
No. of episodes250 (+10 specials) (original series)
130 (+1 special) (reboot series) (list of episodes)
Executive producersOriginal series
Kate Fawkes
Theresa Plummer-Andrews
Peter Curtis
Reboot series
Kim Dent Wilder (2015–2017)
Michael Hefferon (2015–2017)
Edward Catchpole (2015–2016)
Christopher Keenan (2015–2018)
Steven DeNure (2018)
Kirsten Newlands (2018)
ProducersJackie Cockle (original series)
Kylie Ellis (2015–2017)
Fred de Bradeny (2015–2017)
EditorsZyggy Markiewicz
Jane Hicks
Bruce Marshall
Camera setupSingle camera (1999-2004)
Multi-camera (2005–2018)
Production companiesHOT Animation (1999–2008)
HIT Entertainment (1999–2017)
SD Entertainment (Ready, Steady, Build!)
Mattel Creations (2017–2018)
Mainframe Studios (2015–2017)
DHX Studios Halifax (2018)
Connecticut Public Television (2005-2007)
WNET (2007-2018)
Original release
NetworkPBS Kids / CBeebies (original series)
Channel 5 (reboot series)
ReleaseOriginal series:
12 April 1999 (1999-04-12) – 20 December 2004 (2004-12-20)
Project: Build It:
2 May 2005 (2005-05-02) – 26 August 2008 (2008-08-26)
Ready, Steady, Build!:
12 April 2010 (2010-04-12) – 31 December 2011 (2011-12-31)
2015 reboot:
1 September 2015 (2015-09-01) –
30 December 2018 (2018-12-30)

The show is about the life of a builder named Bob, and his talking machines, which include trucks, who help him fix things. Bob has a partner named Wendy and a cat named Pilchard. The slogan of the show is "Can we fix it? Yes we can!".

There are albums of songs from Bob the Builder. Out of these songs, there are 2 number 1 hits, "Can We Fix It?" and "Mambo No. 5".[2] There is also the number 81 hit "Big Fish Little Fish".[3] There is also merchandise which is based on the show.

In 2015, a reboot series aired on Cartoonito and Channel 5's Milkshake block. In 2018, it left Cartoonito. In 2021, it left Channel 5 as it has since ended its run. Two years after the 2015 series ended, The original Bob the Builder also aired on Qubo but it ceased operations on February 28, 2021. A new titled Bob the Builder reboot series is to be announced.

Characters and voice actors change

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, and June Whitfield.

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).

Episodes change

Original series change

Season 1

  1. Scoop Saves the Day
  2. Travis Paints the Town
  3. Bob Saves the Hedgehogs
  4. Pilchard in a Pickle
  5. Muck Gets Stuck
  6. Wendy's Busy Day
  7. Bob's Bugle
  8. Buffalo Bob
  9. Travis and Scoop's Race Day
  10. Bob's Birthday
  11. Naughty Spud
  12. Scary Spud
  13. Bob's Barnraising

Season 2

  1. Spud the Spanner
  2. Wallpaper Wendy
  3. Runaway Roley
  4. Bob's Big Surprise
  5. Dizzy's Statues
  6. Lofty to the Rescue
  7. Wendy's Big Match
  8. Tea Set Travis
  9. Dizzy's Bird Watch
  10. Clocktower Bob
  11. Wendy's Tennis Court
  12. Bob's White Christmas
  13. Pilchard Goes Fishing

Season 3

  1. Bob's Boots
  2. Mucky Muck
  3. Bob's Day Off
  4. Magnetic Lofty
  5. Roley's Tortoise
  6. Special Delivery Spud
  7. Pilchard's Breakfast
  8. Scoop's in Charge
  9. Muck's Sleepover
  10. Trailer Travis
  11. Spud and Squawk
  12. Scoop Has Some Fun
  13. Dizzy's Crazy Paving

Season 4

  1. Scoop's Stegosaurus
  2. Sneezing Scoop
  3. Roley's Animal Rescue
  4. Scarecrow Dizzy
  5. One Shot Wendy
  6. Spud Lends a Hand
  7. Bob and the Bandstand
  8. Farmer Pickles' Pigpen
  9. Bob on the Run
  10. Forget-Me-Knot Bob
  11. Roley and the Rock Star
  12. Scruffty the Detective
  13. Watercolour Wendy

Season 5

  1. Scruffty's Big Dig
  2. Inspector Spud
  3. Cock-a-Doodle Spud
  4. Wendy's Surprise Party
  5. Skateboard Spud
  6. Muck's Monster
  7. Spud the Dragon
  8. Pilchard Steals the Show
  9. Bob's Hide
  10. Bob's Auntie
  11. Bob and the Big Freeze
  12. Clumsy Roley
  13. Eskimo Bob

Season 6

  1. Bob's Pizza
  2. Bob's Metal Detector
  3. Mr. Beasley's DIY Disaster
  4. Wendy's Removal Service
  5. Lofty and the Rabbits
  6. Lofty and the Giant Carrot
  7. Bob's Egg and Spoon Race
  8. Trix's Tiles
  9. Mr. Sabatini's Smashing Day
  10. Roley to the Rescue
  11. Spud's Big Splash
  12. Spud the Musketeer
  13. Wendy's Magic Birthday

Season 7

  1. Mr. Beasley's New Friends
  2. Spud the Pilot
  3. Trix and the Otters
  4. Speedy Skip
  5. Mr. Ellis' Exhibition
  6. Bob and the Badgers
  7. Bob and the Goalie
  8. Dizzy Goes Camping
  9. Pilchard's Pets
  10. Snowman Scoop
  11. Lofty's Long Load
  12. Hamish's New Home
  13. Dizzy the Sheepdog

Season 8

  1. Bob the Photographer
  2. Mr. Bentley's Trains
  3. Wendy's Big Night Out
  4. Racing Muck
  5. Mr. Beasley's Noisy Pipes
  6. Lofty's Jungle Fun
  7. Ballroom Bob
  8. Molly's Fashion Show
  9. Spud and the Doves
  10. First-Aid Molly
  11. Mr. Bentley: Dog Sitter
  12. Travis Gets Lucky
  13. Scruffty on Guard

Season 9

  1. Scoop the Disco Digger
  2. Bob the Farmer
  3. Lofty the Artist
  4. Spud's Statue
  5. Pilchard and the Field Mice
  6. Trix's Pumpkin Pie
  7. Where's Muck?
  8. Travis' Busy Day
  9. Muck's Surprise
  10. Skip's Big Idea
  11. Roley's Important Job
  12. Trix and the Bug
  13. Mr. Bentley's Winter Fair

Project: Build It change

Season 10

  1. Bob's Big Plan
  2. Bob's Fresh Start
  3. Lofty's Shelter
  4. Dizzy and the Talkie-Talkie
  5. Scoop's Recruit
  6. Where's Robert?
  7. Wendy's Welcome
  8. Roley's New Friend
  9. Two Scoops
  10. Benny's Back!
  11. Spud's Straw Surprise
  12. Off-Road Scrambler
  13. Meet Marjorie
  14. Muck's Mud Hut
  15. Wendy's Party Plan

Season 11

  1. Scrambler in the Doghouse
  2. Benny's Important Job
  3. Put-It-Together Spud
  4. Roley's Round-Up
  5. Dizzy the Detective
  6. Two Jobs Travis
  7. Scrambler and the Colourful Cave
  8. Spud's Bumper Harvest
  9. Muck's Convoy
  10. While Bob's Away, Robert Will Play
  11. Bob's Three Jobs
  12. Scoop Knows it All

Season 12

  1. Dizzy's Sleepover
  2. Lofty the Star
  3. Sumsy's Willow Tree
  4. Slow Down Scrambler!
  5. Travis and the Tropical Fruits
  6. Scoop the Teacher
  7. Sir Muck
  8. Bashing Crashing Benny
  9. Spud's Cork Tree
  10. Bob's Top Team
  11. Sumsy and the Beast
  12. Listen with Scrambler
  13. Roley's Bird's Eye View
  14. Wendy's Houseboat

Season 13

  1. Mr. Bentley's Assistant
  2. Roley's Moleys
  3. Spud Rushes It
  4. Scrambler's Seaweed Delivery
  5. Massive Muck
  6. Roley's Apple Press
  7. Travis' Giddy Day
  8. Muck's Drying Tunnel
  9. Benny's Jungle Trouble
  10. Dizzy the Walking Bus
  11. Packer's First Day
  12. The Bob House

Season 14

  1. Mr. Bentley's Big Parade
  2. Scrambler the Goat Herder
  3. Packer's Big Delivery
  4. Spud the Woodsman
  5. Muck's Mootastic Dairy
  6. Roley the Green Cat
  7. Put-It-Together Bob
  8. Dodger the Milk Truck
  9. The Three Musketrucks
  10. Scoop Slips Up
  11. Dodger's Dairy Disaster
  12. Bob's Beach Hut

Season 15

  1. The House That Lofty Built
  2. Bob's Big Idea
  3. Roley Brings the House Down
  4. Muck's Machine Wash
  5. Lofty's Comet
  6. Lofty the Lifeguard
  7. Star Struck Spud
  8. Go, Mr. Bentley, Go!
  9. Tumbler and the Skate Park
  10. Fantastic Flex
  11. Packer's Trailer Trouble
  12. Scoop's Best Team Ever
  13. Spud and the Hotel
  14. Tumbler's Perfect Promenade
  15. Clean as a Whistle Bristle

Season 16

  1. Zoomer's Snowy Adventure
  2. Radio Bob
  3. Tumbler and the Ice Rink
  4. Spud the DJ
  5. Silent Scoop
  6. Scrambler Gets Prepared
  7. Sumsy's Special Building
  8. Lofty's Banana Tree
  9. Roley's Flat Garden
  10. Super Splasher
  11. Breezy Bristle
  12. Splasher's Two Stops
  13. An Inspector Calls

Ready, Steady, Build! change

Season 17

  1. Scratch's Hidden Treasures
  2. Scrambler's Best Idea
  3. Scoop the Artist
  4. High Tide for Lofty
  5. Roley's Rovers
  6. Start from Scratch
  7. Night Time Scratch
  8. Lofty and the Monster
  9. Dizzy in Charge
  10. Lofty's Helpful Day
  11. Scoop's Sea Rescue
  12. Scratch's Star Turn
  13. Pineapple Scratch
  14. Scrambler's Stage Surprise
  15. Wendy's Birthday Surprise
  16. Scratch Goes Solo
  17. Dizzy and the Wheelies
  18. Muck's Beach Tower
  19. Here Comes Muck
  20. Scrambler Gets Clean

Season 18

  1. Whizzy Dizzy
  2. Travis' New Garage
  3. Scratch and the Dream Room
  4. Stage Struck Dizzy
  5. Roley and the Fox
  6. Super Scrambler
  7. Roley's Weather Rap
  8. Bob and the Trampoline

Mini Series 1: The Legend of the Golden Hammer

  1. Scrambler and the Clue
  2. Lofty and the Teddy Bear Rescue
  3. Muck and the Old School Wall
  4. Scoop's Big Job
  5. Dizzy Finds a Pirate
  6. Roley and the Seagull

Mini Series 2: The Big Dino Dig

  1. Lofty and the Diggers Three
  2. Scoop and the Roller Coaster
  3. Rubble and the Seagull Surprise
  4. Roley and the Impossible Bump
  5. Muck's Train to Trouble
  6. A Dinosaur for Scratch

Reboot series change

Season 19

  1. Sky High Scoop
  2. Milkshake Mixup
  3. Kitchen Whizz
  4. Lofty Lets Loose
  5. Scoop's Big Break
  6. Bob the Brave
  7. Saffi's Treehouse
  8. Cats and Dogs
  9. Workshop Makeover
  10. Muck on Ice
  11. Bentley's Bones
  12. Bear Mountain
  13. Fitness Frenzy

International broadcast change

Bob the Builder is broadcasted internationally and is available in several languages, including English, French, Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Slovene, German, Dutch, Hebrew, Hindi, Serbo-Croatian, Bengali, and others.

Country Language Title
Argentina Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
Australia British English Bob the Builder
Austria German Bob der Baumeister
Belgium Dutch Bob de Bouwer
French Bob le bricoleur
Bolivia Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
Brazil Brazilian Portuguese Bob o Construtor
Canada American English Bob the Builder
French Bob le bricoleur
Chile Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
Colombia Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
Ecuador Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
France French Bob le bricoleur
Germany German Bob der Baumeister
Ireland British English Bob the Builder
Italy Italian Bob aggiustatutto
Mexico Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
Netherlands Dutch Bob de Bouwer
Paraguay Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
Peru Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
Portugal European Portuguese Bob o Construtor
New Zealand British English Bob the Builder
Romania Romanian Bob constructorul
Spain European Spanish Bob y sus amigos
South Africa British English Bob the Builder
Switzerland Swiss German Bob de Boumaa
United Kingdom British English Bob the Builder
United States American English Bob the Builder
Uruguay Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor
Venezuela Latin American Spanish Bob el constructor

Impact change

Bob the Builder was nominated in the BAFTA "Pre-school animation" category from 1999 to 2009,[not in the source given] and won the "Children's Animation" category in 2003 for the special episode "A Christmas to Remember".[4] 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,[5]

References change

  1. "Bob the Builder – Cast and Crew". 12 April 1999. Archived from the original on 22 August 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2012.
  4. "Awards Database". Retrieved 27 November 2010.
  5. "Interview with Sarah Ball, Bob the builder & Chuggington writer and director". Archived from the original on 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2010-11-27.

Other websites change