Mr. Bean (animated TV series)

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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 seasons). 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]

Mr. Bean: The Animated Series
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GenreAnimated sitcom
Based onMr. Bean
by Richard Curtis and Rowan Atkinson
Directed by
  • Richard Purdum (Season 1–3)
  • Miklós Varga (Season 1–3)
  • Sergey Gordeev (Season 1–3)
  • Katalin Móré (Season 1–3)
  • Mihály Sikur (Season 1–3)
  • Evgueni Pavlenko and Elena Rogova (Season 1–3)
  • Andrei Ignatenko (Season 1–3)
  • Tim Fehrenbach (Season 4)
  • Dave Osborne (Season 5)
Voices of
Composer(s)Howard Goodall
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
Original language(s)
  • English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes108 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Rowan Atkinson
  • Katherine Senior
  • Peter Bennett-Jones (Season 1–3)
  • Christopher Skala (Season 4)
  • Karla Sakas Shropshire (Season 5)
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 time11 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
Release
Original networkITV (2002–2003)
CITV (2004–present)
Picture format16:9
4:3
Audio formatDolby Surround
Original releaseOriginal series:
5 January 2002 – 2 June 2004
Revived series:
16 February 2015 –
present
Chronology
Related showsMr. Bean
External links
Website

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

Contents

CharactersEdit

MainEdit

  • 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, but is occasionally friends with him. She often screams in bad situations which scares 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. She is voiced by Matilda Ziegler in the animated series and is also played by her in the live action series.

SupportingEdit

  • 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/witness. The duo somewhat bear a striking physical resemblance to Peter Griffin and Stewie Griffin from Family Guy, although this is presumably coincidental.
  • The Bruisers – Mr. Bean and Mrs. Wicket's neighbours, a working class family consisting of a father, mother, three spoiled children and a dog. While appearing as a whole family in the episodes "Neighbourly Bean" and "Scaredy Bean", 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 also 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 likes to park his Mini illegally, she often gets in his way, putting Bean at odds with her. She is very committed at her duty, even ticketing a police officer once.
  • Reliant Regal – A running gag object and vehicle 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 dislikes this relationship.

EpisodesEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1185 January 2002 (2002-01-05)26 March 2002 (2002-03-26)
21616 February 2003 (2003-02-16)5 April 2003 (2003-04-05)
3186 May 2004 (2004-05-06)2 June 2004 (2004-06-02)
45216 February 2015 (2015-02-16)10 March 2016 (2016-03-10)
5269 April 2019 (2019-04-09)TBA

Home mediaEdit

Mr. Bean: The Animated Series has been released on DVD by A&E Home Video in Region 1 (actually are Region Free) and by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment in Regions 2 and 4. In the United States, the entire first three seasons of the series were released on six volumes. While in the United Kingdom and Australia, the six volumes only contained 47 of the 52 episodes with the last five episodes instead appearing each as extras on DVDs of the original live-action series.

The reason for this is that when the five episodes were classified by the BBFC in the United Kingdom, they were given a PG certificate rather than a U certificate, unlike the other episodes. It was decided that the DVDs of the series should have a U certificate, so the five PG episodes weren't included.

In Region 4, Season 2, Volume 3 was an exclusive for Big W, which is no longer available.[5]

Mr. Bean: The Animated Series home video releases
Season Episodes Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 18 Volume 1: Bean There, Done That (episodes 13–18): 30 September 2003[6]
Volume 4: Grin and Bean It (episodes 3 and 4): 28 September 2004[7]
Volume 6: It's Not Easy Being Bean (episodes 1, 2 and 5–12): 28 September 2004
Volume 1: Eight Amazing Adventures (episodes 1–6): 29 August 2005; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010; twenty-fifth anniversary reissue: 20 July 2015
Volume 2: Eight Exciting Escapades (episodes 7–12): 27 March 2006; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
Volume 4: Seven Smashing Stories (episodes 13–18): 13 November 2006; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
The Bean Boxset!: 18 March 2008; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
Cat-Sitting and More Paw-some Adventures! (episodes 7–8, 14, 16–17): 29 August 2016
Egg and Bean and Other Springtime Surprises (episode 6): 3 April 2017
Volume 1: Eight Amazing Adventures (episodes 1–6): 18 August 2004
Volume 2: Eight Exciting Escapades (episodes 7–12): 4 July 2007
Volume 4: Seven Smashing Stories (episodes 13–18): 28 October 2009
2 16 Volume 1: Bean There, Done That (episodes 19 and 20): 30 September 2003
Volume 2: Whatever Will Bean, Will Bean (episodes 21–30): 30 March 2004[8]
Volume 3: It's All Bean to Me (episodes 31–34): 30 March 2004
Volume 3: Eight Terrific Tales (episodes 21–26): 31 July 2006; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
Volume 4: Seven Smashing Stories (episode 28): 13 November 2006; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
Volume 5: Eight Eventful Escapades (episodes 20, 29–30, 34): 19 March 2007; twentieth anniversary reissue: 9 September 2010
The Bean Boxset!: 18 March 2008; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
Cat-Sitting and More Paw-some Adventures! (episode 23): 29 August 2016
On Thin Ice and Other Winter Wonders (episodes 22 and 24): 2 October 2017
Volume 3: Eight Terrific Tales (episodes 21–26): 28 October 2009
Volume 4: Seven Smashing Stories (episode 28): 28 October 2009
Volume 5: Eight Eventful Escapades (episodes 20, 29–30, 34): 28 October 2009
3 18 Volume 3: It's All Bean to Me (episodes 35–38): 30 March 2004
Volume 4: Grin and Bean It (episodes 39–44): 28 September 2004
Volume 5: The Ends Justify the Beans (episodes 45–52): 28 September 2004
Volume 1: Eight Amazing Adventures (episodes 39–40): 29 August 2005; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010; twenty-fifth anniversary reissue: 20 July 2015
Volume 2: Eight Exciting Escapades (episodes 49–50): 27 March 2006; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
Volume 3: Eight Terrific Tales (episodes 45–46): 31 July 2006; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
Volume 5: Eight Eventful Escapades (episodes 35–38): 19 March 2007; twentieth anniversary reissue: 9 September 2010
Volume 6: Eight Sticky Scrapes (episodes 41–44, 47–48 and 51–52): 22 November 2007; twentieth anniversary reissue: 9 September 2010
The Bean Boxset!: 18 March 2008; twentieth anniversary reissue: 6 September 2010
Cat-Sitting and More Paw-some Adventures! (episodes 40, 47 and 49): 29 August 2016
Egg and Bean and Other Springtime Surprises (episodes 44, 47 and 50): 3 April 2017
Volume 1: Eight Amazing Adventures (episodes 39–40): 18 August 2004
Volume 2: Eight Exciting Escapades (episodes 49–50): 4 July 2007
Volume 3: Eight Terrific Tales (episodes 45–46): 28 October 2009
Volume 5: Eight Eventful Escapades (episodes 35–38): 28 October 2009
Volume 6: Eight Sticky Scrapes (episodes 41–44, 47–48 and 51–52): 28 October 2009
4 52 N/A Volume 7: Nine Tremendous Tales (Original release) / Home Movie and More Tremendous Tales! (2017 New Cover Re release) (episodes 53–61): 7 September 2015
Volume 8: Nine Splendid Stories (Original release) / Holiday For Teddy and More Tantalising Tales! (2017 New Cover Re release) (episodes 70–64): 19 October 2015
Volume 9: Racing Adventures and More Exciting Escapades! (episodes 71–78): 23 May 2016
Volume 10: Halloween and More Awesome Stories! (episodes 79–87): 3 October 2016
Volume 11: SuperBean and Other Splendid Stories! (episodes 89–96): 30 January 2017
Egg and Bean and Other Springtime Surprises (episodes 64, 68, 80 and 96): 3 April 2017
Volume 12: Birthday Bean and Friends (episodes 88, 97–104): 24 July 2017
On Thin Ice and Other Winter Wonders (episodes 57, 60, 66, 70 and 75): 2 October 2017
Volume 7: Nine Tremendous Tales (episodes 53–61): 24 September 2015
Volume 8: Nine Splendid Stories (episodes 70–64): 24 September 2015
Volume 9: Racing Adventures and More Exciting Escapades! (episodes 71–78): 16 June 2016[9]
Volume 10: Halloween and More Awesome Stories! (episodes 79–87): 2017
Volume 11: SuperBean and Other Splendid Stories! (episodes 89–96): 2017

Video gamesEdit

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.

Two apps also based on the series have been released such as Mr. Bean: Around the World[10] and Mr. Bean: Flying Teddy, which are both available globally on iOS, Android and Amazon mobile devices.

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ Mr. Bean: The Animated Series: Season 2, Volume 3 - Racing Adventures DVD, retrieved 24 July 2018
  6. ^ "Mr. Bean (2002): It's Not Easy Being Bean / Bean There, Done That". Amazon.com. 2 September 2003.
  7. ^ "Mr. Bean (2002): Grin and Bean It / The Ends Justify the Beans". Amazon.com. 31 August 2004.
  8. ^ "Mr. Bean (2002): Whatever Will Bean, Will Bean / It's All Bean to Me". Amazon.com. 2 September 2003.
  9. ^ https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Mr-Bean-Animated-Season-2-Volume-3-DVD-NEW-SEALED/223054867708?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649
  10. ^ http://www.thegamerscene.com/mobile/android/mr-bean-to-travel-around-the-world/

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