Bob the Builder (Pilot)
Status Lost

Bob the Builder is an animated children's television series that ran from 1998 to 2004 (original series only). There was a pilot episode that was pitched to HIT Entertainment in late 1996.


This pilot was most likely produced on May 15, 1996. A single screenshot of the episode shows Bob and Scoop (then known as Dig) in their original designs. This pilot was never released on DVD, nor on the Internet. According to the website, the pilot was about 90 seconds long. "HIT International required Ealing Animations to produce a 90-second pilot for Bob the Builder to pitch the idea to MIP C.O.M. We had a tight schedule of three months. I could see the idea had a lot of potential, but the script was too long. The script was re-written and production started. The designs for Bob the Builder took some time to crack, but, once they too were finalized, the puppet was made in Bristol by a company called The Puppet Factory. The one vehicle featured was produced and engineered by John Wright, also based in Bristol. He was highly recommended and had done lots of work on the Wallace and Gromit films. The sets, props and animation were done in-house. We delivered the goods and HIT presented their proposal, which was swept up very quickly. The 90 second pilot starts with Bob early one morning exercising in the builders' yard with one of his vehicle friends called Dig. They notice the gutter is blocked so Bob climbs up the ladder to fix it - and slips. Luckily for him, Dig manages to catch him- perish the thought if he hadn't."

A person talked to the former designer of Bob the Builder, Curtis Jobling, about this pilot and said these things: Bob had very red lips (possibly clown lips) in the pilot, Curtis didn't design it, the pilot was produced in 1995 (3 years before the actual first episode "Scoop Saves the day"), the pilot wasn't very good and nearly got the show cancelled, and Jobling claims he has it, but he can't release it, unfortunately. So it is likely this will stay lost for a long time, maybe even forever.

It's unknown if there were any other characters in the pilot, as Bob and Scoop seem to be the only ones. It's also unknown who the voice actors were.



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