Can-a-Lot (2003) producers:
HIT Entertainment / HOT Animation animation:
stop-motion animation run time: 43mins
Bob and the gang take on their biggest construction
job yet when they're landed
with the task of restoring a crumbling
castle. But their employer - Dr. Florence
Mountfitchett - thinks that's Bob's
father is head of the team. And that's the cue
for much medieval shenanigans in and
around the historic property, as the gang
re-build the keep and Bob junior and Bob
senior re-build their own father-son
A second film outing for our favourite
builder, then, and like A Christmas
it's a rather jolly affair, with lots going on, and more famous
to listen out for. Richard Briers voices Bob's
father (Robert), and June Whitfield
his Mum (Dot), whilst Brenda Blethyn is here as
the medieval historian Florence
Montfitchett. The machines have fun
learning about castles and re-naming
themselves "Sir Roll-A-Lot"
and "Lady Dump-A-Lot". Bob, of course, is
"Mr Fix-A-Lot". Oh, and then there's that
mischievous scarecrow Spud, on
the hunt for a shiny coat of armour and
a noble steed. A successful conclusion
isn't ever in doubt, but the plot has
enough twists and turns to keep even big
builders watching, right up to the medieval
pagaent which rounds off the story...
Bob's big mechanical licensing machine may
be rolling on unstoppably, but the
high production values of the series and
films are indisputable, and everything
gels so darned effortlessly. There's
some lovely character detail to look out
for, like the way Florence flourishes
her umbrella whenever she's aroused, or
the fact that Bob's father hitches his
thumbs in his trousers during conversations.
Spud is the comic relief, as always,
and his scenes in the library and atop his
new steed can't fail to raise a smile.
There's surprising emotional depth too,
in the sparring between father and son.
It would have been all-too easy for HOT and
HIT to have simply mashed together
a series of spin-offs for their top toon
star, but on the basis of the first two specials,
they've really pulled out the stops
to make them worthy of the term. And if you
still need further proof, just take
a look at the UK DVD release, which includes
a rather smart "widescreen"
version of the film - HIT's on the job, alright!
is, of course, a play on "Camelot" the mythical castle
home to King
Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table...
America, this film has been re-titled to "Knights of Fix-a-lot"...
h of prod for HIT: prod sup for HIT: finance officer: PA to the producer: personnel & admin co-ordinator: prod assistant: continuity/prod asst: post prod co-ord: asst producer: voices:
Sarah Ball, Jackie Cockle
Theresa Plummer Andrews (for BBC)
Jocelyn Stevenson (for HIT)
Sarah Ball, Jimmy Hibbert
Jocelyn Stevenson, Jackie Cockle
Paul Couvela, Jud Walton, Dan Alderson,
Victor Geogiev, Sarah Owen, Oliver Putland,
Inge Van Wijngaarden
Darren Burgess, Andy Burns, Steve Cox,
Dale Hemenway, Charlie Hopkins,
Jacky Howson, George Laban,
Felix Pereira-Crabtree, Geoff Walker,
Mackinnon & Saunders Ltd.
The As and When Men, Horse Shoe Bend
Geraldine Corrrigan, Karen Betty
Jon Kershaw, John Price,
Peter Minister, Adrian Simms
Machala Pochec, Jamie Kennerley
Karim, Sam James, Tristan Oliver
Forrest, Joe Dembinski
Whiteford, Jason Harris,
Dan Beckett, Dick Dando
Marshall, Rob Francis
Tracks Audio Studios
Hollins, Richard Spooner
Andy Hunwick, Gary Noden
(Spud / Travis)
Harbour (Wendy / Dizzy)
Briers (Bob's Dad Robert)
Blethyn (Dr Florence Montfitchett)
Whitfield (Bob's Mum Dot)
Bob's home on the web, suitably
bright and busy for kids...
The parent site for Bob's
owners with corporate info on all of their
many and varied characters....