Note: Everything on this page only applies to the Original Series.

The Original Series of Bob the Builder ran from November 28th 1998 to September 28th, 2004 in the United Kingdom, and 2001-2005 in the United States. The series was based on characters created by Keith Chapman, and was animated by HOT Animation using physical, stop-motion models.


In the original series, Bob appears as a building contractor specializing in masonry in a stop motion animated program with his colleague Wendy, various neighbors and friends, and their gang of anthropomorphize work-vehicles and equipment. All episodes were produced by HiT Entertainment.


Bob the Builder was nominated in the BAFTA "Preschool animation" category from 1999 to 2009, and won the "Children's Animation" category in 2003 for the special episode "A Christmas to Remember". 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,



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