Monday, April 7, 2014

More "Bob the Builder" Animated Kids Series Coming

Bob the Builder
"Bob the Builder."
"Bob the Builder." One of the purposes here is to spread the word about important animation that you might never otherwise hear about. Unless you hang out with preschoolers, the scads of animation being produced for them might fly right over your head. However, this is an extremely important part of the world of animation right now and is worth at least hearing about.

"Bob the Builder" is a British children's animated television show created by Keith Chapman which follows the adventures of Bob, a building contractor. The original series was stop-motion animation, with Bob himself voiced by English actor Neil Morrissey. Since then, the various "Bob" permutations have changed to full computer CGI. Spinoff series "Ready, Steady, Build!" also became quite popular. The theme song was a huge hit on the British pop charts. The series has run on a variety of channels since its introduction in 1998 and is seen around the world, including the United States.

As you might expect from the title, Bob goes about with his gang of workers performing renovations, construction, and repairs, along with whatever else pops up in their town, Bobsville. It is all about teamwork and solving problems, along with working with others. Bob is famous for saying "Can we fix it?", to which the other characters respond with "You betcha!" Actually, no, nobody says that they actually say "Yes we can!" It sounds suspiciously like some recent political slogans in the United States.

HIT Entertainment is one of the lead production companies behind "Bob the Builder." The series continues, as HIT has retained Vancouver-based Rainmaker Entertainment’s Mainframe division to animate a new CG-animated "Bob the Builder" series (or season, in US terms). Altogether, HIT Entertainment will let loose two new seasons (series) of 52 11-minute episodes of the preschool show. The episodes are scheduled for delivery in late 2015, so there will be a lot more Bob to enjoy in a couple of years.


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