first Winter in Sunflower Valley,
The first snowfall of the year..."
Winter is on its way to Sunflower Valley, and with
it, the propsect of the very
first Sunflower Valley Winter Party. Everyone's
naturally excited. The pickers
are composing a special song for the event.
And better still, Bob is
announcing his plans to build a brand new concert
and exhibition hall in which
the party will be staged. Best of all, though,
is the news that Bob's Mum
and Dad - Robert and Dot - are going to attend.
So everyone's happy, except for poor old Scrambler.
He's so very keen to
help in some way, only, there's nothing for him
to help with. The machines can
lay the hall's foundations on their own, and
Bob and Wendy are more than
capable when it comes to building the walls...
Back in town, Bob's parents are getting just
as worked up. Scoop's been
visiting them, and so he's there when Robert
unveils R.Vee his amazing old
building van. Robert's been restoring him
in secret, and he suspects Bob
will be very pleased when he turns up at the party.
He's not seen this chap
since he was a little boy!
So Mum and Dad are on their way to the Valley,
with a plan to call in on
a good friend, Monty Nicholson, the toymaker.
And in the Valley itself, the
building work is coming on a treat... Only...
What's this?... It's starting to
snow!... That's something they could without...
It snows all night, as it happens. It traps
Mum, Dad, Scoop and R.Vee at
Monty's house, but worse still, it threatens both
the building work and the
party. Bob has a plow attatchment which Scoop
can use to clear the road,
but he's stuck in the hills and they'll need
help to get it over to him...
Hmm. Could it be Scrambler's time to shine?
As it happens, not quite. You see, Bob thinks
Scrambler is too inexperienced
for the job, so he gets on the phone to his
old friend Jana, and pretty
Zoomer the skibogan is being airlifted to
the scene. Except - well - Zoomer
doesn't know the way to Monty's house... But
someboday else does...
Somebody shiny and blue and ready to scram-scram-scram
So here we are again with another Bob the
Builder special. This is the
seventh such film, would you believe. But HOT Animation
Entertainment aren't resting on their laurels.
Once more, they've presented
us with a film of the very highest quality.
The people and sets are
immaculately dressed and the character work
is first class. Scrambler
and Zoomer undertake a lesson in teamwork
that has them falling out
en route to Monty's house before they learn
to accomodate each other's
Okay, so it must be said, this film doesn't break
any new ground. We don't
get any flashbacks
or dream sequences this time
around. There's no soap
to overcome either. Oh, and the snowy environment has been done
before too (here
and here). But even so, there's
something so pleasurable
about Bob's busy world. It's always a joy to visit.
It's the little details that
continue to grab you - like Mayor Bentley,
blowing on his fingers to get
them warm - like Bob sporting that miniature
harness as he clambers
around his roof joists... There's so much
love and care, in every frame
Zoomer is flown in by helicopter.. only... we don't actually see the
chopper on screen.
Instead, we see the effects of its rotors as it
blows the snow around
Bob and the gang, and Zoomer is lowered
Speaking of helicopters. There's a big hole in the plot, right there.
Why couldn't that
selfsame helicopter simply airlift the plow attatchment
over to Monty's house?
And just to confirm,
this film serves as the debut for "amazing" R.Vee...
Nicholson's a busy, booming chap. Busy, because he's got a
workshop filled with his toy creations. Booming,
because he has a big
blustering way about him...
Anyway, we're not here to talk about the man.
Oh no. We want to show
off his toys. You see, there are at least
four HIT-tastic surprises on
his shelves. When you're watching the film, as
Robert and Dot tour
the workshop, see if you can find the following:
the crocodile from Rubbadubbers!
A Thomas the Tank Engine lookalike!
A train resembling James the Red Engine, still in his packaging!
And better still, a Bob the Builder plush toy!
film actually made its UK debut on DVD. It was released
on 5th November 2007....
the Builder: Project Build-It
the Builder: Bob's Big Plan
the Builder: Built to be Wild
the Builder: A Christmas to Remember
the Builder: Knights of Can-a-lot
the Builder: Race to the Finish
the Builder: Snowed Under
the Builder: When Bob Became a Builder
the Builder - Scrambler to the Rescue
2 / film + three tv episodes / HIT / Nov 2007
a HOT Animation production
for HIT Entertainment Ltd
Whitaker, Brian Little
creative producer: Liz
exec prod for HIT: Christopher
Beaumont, Paul Larson
addditional material for
Exley and Geoff Walker
associate producer: Melissa
original music: Keith
title & credit
music & lyrics: Paul
Van Wijngaarden, Jacky Howson,
Jud Walton, George Laban,
Pereira, Kim Emson,
Chorlton, Felix Pereira,
Exley, Merike van der Vijver
puppets & machines: Mackinnon
and Saunders Ltd
co-ord for HOT: Leigh Manning
puppet maintenance: Kristian
The As and When Men
Corrigan, Karen Betty
snr art director: Sam
& art direction: Barbara
Biddulph, Richard Edmunds
asst to the
art directors: John
Price, Hilary Utting,
props & set dressing: Jonathan
Kershaw, Stewart Hutcheon,
Taylor, Tony Morris
snr d.o.p: Iain
lighting camera: Dan
studio manager: Paul
dubbing editors: Sarah
Faust, Catherine Le Cocq,
Victoria Lyon Dean
dubbing mixer: Paul
On Line: 422
production for HIT:
prod manager for HIT: Laura
prod asst for HIT: Jo
co-ordinator for HOT: Helen
prod asst/continuity: Terry
script editor: Sam