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Bob the Builder (2015 TV series)

Bob the Builder is a CGI animated children's television series and a reboot of the British animated television show Bob the Builder. It was first broadcast in the United Kingdom on Channel 5, beginning on 1 September 2015 and PBS Kids in the United States in November 12. In January 2018, it was removed from PBS Kids' lineup. November 2018, it was removed from the PBS Kids National Satellite feed lineup. It is now being broadcast on Qubo in the United States as of 26 August 2019 starting with the third series.

Bob the Builder
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GenreChildren's animation
Created byKeith Chapman
Based onBob the Builder
by Keith Chapman
Voices ofLee Ingleby
Joanne Froggatt
Jacob Scipio (UK)
Colin Murdock
Ian James Corlett
Lee Tockar (US)
Theme music composerPaul K. Joyce
Composer(s)David Schweitzer (2015–2017)
Tim Foy (2018–present)
Paul Kaufman (2018–present)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Canada
No. of series3
No. of episodes130 (+1 special) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Kim Dent Wilder (2015-2017)
Michael Hefferon (2015–2017)
Christopher Keenan (2015–present)
Steven DeNure (2018–present)
Kirsten Newlands (2018–present)
Producer(s)Kylie Ellis (2015-2017)
Fred de Bradeny (2015-2017)
Camera setupMulti-camera (2004–present)
Production company(s)HIT Entertainment (2015-2017)
Rainmaker Entertainment (2015-2017)
Mattel Creations (2017–present)
IoM Media Ventures Halifax (2018–present)
DistributorMattel (2015–present)
Wildbrain (2018–present)
Release
Original networkChannel 5 (UK)
PBS Kids (2015-2018) (US)
Qubo (2019-present) (US)
Family Jr. (Canada)
Picture format16:9
Original release1 September 2015 (2015-09-01) –
30 December 2018 (2018-12-30)
Chronology
Related showsBob the Builder (original series)
External links
Website

HistoryEdit

After the original show ended in 2012, Mattel bought the Bob the Builder franchise for a revamped series which premiered on Channel 5 on 1 September 2015. The series was given a visual overhaul for both the characters and the scenery, with Bob and his team moving to the bustling metropolis of Spring City. 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 were also introduced, including a heavy delivery vehicle named Two-Tonne.

Turner Broadcasting System later bought the UK broadcasting rights for the 2015 series 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 first 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 have started work for the second season and that their Halifax studio have officially replaced Rainmaker Entertainment.

The show also aired on Family Jr. in Canada.

In Australia, Bob the Builder premiered in 2016. It aired on 10 Peach (formerly known as Eleven) every weekday morning. It also aired on ABC Kids.

In the United States, it aired on PBS Kids from 2015 until 2018. Qubo aired the reboot series starting on August 26, 2019.

CriticismEdit

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

CharactersEdit

Voice cast (UK)Edit

Voice cast (US)Edit

EpisodesEdit

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)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Boomerang UK And Cartoonito UK January 2016 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.