Mr Bean just wants a cup of tea but ends up breaking his favourite mug – whatever will he do?!
Mr. Bean (voiced by Rowan Atkinson) – the title character who serves as the main protagonist of the series. He wants every environment around him to be clean and out of trouble.
Teddy – Mr Bean’s lifelong best friend. As a stuffed companion, Mr. Bean assumes Teddy is alive.
Mrs. Julia Wicket (voiced by Sally Grace) – Mr. Bean’s demeaning landlady, an old woman who occasionally serves as the main antagonist. She is the owner of the evil one-eyed cat named Scrapper. She gets angry at Bean quite easily, but they occasionally have a good relationship. Her favourite TV show is wrestling.
Irma Gobb (voiced by Matilda Ziegler) – Mr. Bean’s girlfriend. A sweet girl, who probably has a sort of degree in something or other. She usually stays long enough to get a free meal.
Lottie – Irma’s teddy bear. She looks almost identical to Mr. Bean’s Teddy, except she has eyelashes and a red bow. She’s been seen as Teddy’s girlfriend, but Bean does not accept them for a relationship.
Mr Bean’s Mini – Mr. Bean’s loved green Mini. It is green as seen throughout the whole series, including the live action episodes (except for the first episode in the live action version, which was orange, and destroyed after a stunt). The plate number of his car is “STE 952R”.
Mr. Bean, also known as Mr. Bean: The Animated Series, is an animated television series produced by Tiger Aspect Productions and, only for its first three seasons, by Richard Purdum Productions and Varga Holdings. It is based on the British live-action series of the same name, and the characters included Mr. Bean, Irma Gobb, Teddy, and the Reliant Supervan’s mysterious driver, with the new addition of Mrs. Wicket, Bean’s landlady, and her evil cat Scrapper. In February 2001, the series was officially announced, with it premièring shortly afterwards.
The series again featured little actual dialogue, with most being either little sound bites or mumbling, mild slapstick, with occasional sexually suggestive moments. Rowan Atkinson provided the voice for Bean; additionally, all of the animated Bean actions are taken from Atkinson himself. Other characters’ voices are provided by Matilda Ziegler, Sally Grace, Jon Glover, Gary Martin, Rupert Degas, Lorelei King and Sophie-Louise Dann.
Despite the series’ actual title being simply Mr. Bean, some broadcasters referred to this series as Mr. Bean: plus a subtitle for differentiating from the original live-action series. Disney Channel refers to this series as “Mr. Bean – The Animated Series” and the original live-action series is listed as “Mr. Bean – Live Action Series” in their schedule. The German version, aired on Super RTL, is titled “Mr. Bean – Die Cartoon-Serie”.
In January 2014, ITV announced a revival of the animated series with Rowan Atkinson returning as Mr. Bean, along with other cast members reprising their roles. The new series will feature 52 new episodes; the new episodes began airing from February 16, 2015 to March 10, 2016 on CITV. The revival of the series now contains dialogue as opposed to the original series that features little sound effects.
The animated version has been re-released on DVD by A&E Home Video in Region 1 (actually are Region Free), and Universal Pictures in Regions 2 and 4. In the US, all 52 episodes were released on six volumes. However, in the UK and Australia, the six volumes only contained 47 of the 52 episodes, with the other five episodes appearing each as extras on the DVD releases of the live-action series. The reason for this is that when the episodes were classified by the BBFC in the UK, they were given a PG certificate rather than a U certificate. It was decided that the DVDs of the animated series should have a U certificate so the five PG episodes were not included.