how did you get to be a builder?"
Bob the Builder and friends have a job to
do at the seaside. They're
building a new picnic area and play park, and reducing,
recycling flotsam and jetsam they've found on the
beach as they're
going. But whilst they're building busy Benny can't
resist probing his
machine pals, and Bob, and Wendy, for some
info about their earliest
days together. When did Bob first start building.
How did he meet Wendy.
And what about Scoop, Muck, Dizzy and the
rest. When did they join
That's our cue for some wibbly-wobbly camera
work as we go back in
time with the gang, to relive some of those
It doesn't say it on the box, but the opening
credits and the story's location
confirm that this extended episode is actually
part of Bob's bigger building
It. It also has to be said that there's not much of a
story here. Even so, this little seaside special
serves as a very pleasant
interlude in Bob's hectic building schedule. When
you recall his previous
film specials have had him staging a big Christmas
a castle, and
constructing a Winter Games course.
Well, next to that,
building a picnic site is a breeze. And it
gives us a chance to remind
ourselves of exactly who does what within his team...
Technically speaking, the is a faultless treat.
HIT and HOT always
go to town with Bob, so there's lots of lovely
scenery and some understated
seaside waves, rolling up and down the beach.
Young Bob and Wendy
look fab - he sports a tad more hair, and
she has lovely pigtails. And the
very first flashback is great fun. We get to see
Bob picking out Scoop from
a lineup of eager diggers - just like puppies at
a dog pound!
We learn quite a few first facts in this special.
But if you don't want to
spoil the detail, you should skip
this bit now!
always liked helping his Dad to build things, on his school holidays.
One Summer, when he
was just fifteen years old, Bob helped to build
their new house and yard
in Bobsville. That was also when he first met
roller-skating Wendy -
his new neighbour from across the street. And
it's Wendy who first refers
to him as "Bob the Builder" - a name that
makes young Bob blush
he finished his schooling, Bob took up work in the building trade,
with his Dad. And
after his father retired, Bob struck out on his own
Scoop as his very first vehicular pal...
and Scoop's first big job together involved the construction of a
street of houses.
And it also involved several new team members:
Muck is brought in
to help dig the foundations....
Then Dizzy proves
just the girl to get the concrete mixed...
Lofty is brought in
to lift ungainly things like girders...
And it's Bird who
overhears Bob's pleas for help to flatten the new
road surface. He flies
away and passes on the news to Roley...
Finally, Wendy turns
up to save Bob's bacon in the office. He's
overwhelmed with phone
calls and paperwork and her steady hand
proves something of
a lifesaver. Plus, she's been learning all about
building at Night
to the left
Is our Bob ambidextrous? If you look closely,
when he seals the deal
to hire Scoop, he makes a left-handed handshake.
Yet later, he's seen
shaking hands right-handed...
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: Scrambler to the Rescue
the Builder: Snowed Under
Bob Became a DVD
the Builder: When Bob Became a Builder
2 / film + three tv episodes / HIT / Nov 2005
the Builder: When Bob Became a Builder
1 / film + more / HIT/Lyons / February 2006
a HOT Animation production
for HIT Entertainment Ltd
Burns, Gilly Fogg
exec producer for HIT:
original music: Keith
title & credit
music & lyrics: Paul
art directors: Barbara
Biddulph, Richard Edmunds
asst to the
art directors: Chris
storyboard artist: Les
Exley, Will Hodge,
Pereira, Charlie Hopkins,
Hemenway, Dan Alderson,
Maas, Chris Ketchell,
Burns, Oliver Putland,
puppets & machines: Mackinnon
and Saunders Ltd
puppet co-ord for HOT: Leigh
puppet maintenance: Kristian
As and When Men
Corrigan, Karen Betty
props & set dressing: Jon
Kershaw, Darren Gillingham,
Henry, Darren Goodhead,
Jones, Trisha Budd,
Schofield, Tony Morris
lighting camera: Iain
& studio man: Paul
dubbing editors: Adam
Taylor, Sarah Faust,
dubbing mixer: Paul
On Line: 422
& continuity: Terry
script editor: Sam
voice director: Sarah
head of global
production for HIT: Karen
for HIT: Laura
co-ordinator for HOT: Kate