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The Mr. Men Show
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GenreAnimated series
Comedy
Slapstick
Based onMr. Men,
by Roger Hargreaves and Adam Hargreaves
Developed byKate Boutilier
Eryk Casemiro
Directed byMark Risley
Voices of(See Voice cast)
Narrated by
ComposerJared Faber
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes104 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
ProducersKaren Ialacci
Peggy Regan
EditorMichael D'Ambrosio
Running time11 minutes (episodes)
Production companiesChorion
Renegade Animation
Release
Original network
Original releaseFebruary 4, 2008 (2008-02-04) –
October 19, 2009 (2009-10-19)
Chronology
Related showsMr. Men
Little Miss
Mr. Men and Little Miss
The Mr. Men Show (1997)

The Mr. Men Show (sometimes simply referred to as Mr. Men) is an animated children's television series based on the original Mr. Men and Little Miss books created in the 1970s and 1980s by British author Roger Hargreaves and his son Adam Hargreaves. Adapted from the published source material into a television variety program, The Mr. Men Show features comedy sketches (primarily), pantomimes, dance numbers, and music videos. The TV series was directed by Mark Risley and written and produced by Kate Boutilier and Eryk Casemiro. The music was composed by Jared Faber. The series aired on Channel 5's Milkshake! in the United Kingdom. In the United States, it aired on both Cartoon Network and Boomerang.[1] Notably, it had a cult following due to Chorion's shutdown.

Summary

Based on the classic children's book series Mr. Men and Little Miss, the show takes place in the fictional town of Dillydale. The show revolves around the characters from the books (though a few of the characters were made for the show) and their adventures in Dillydale. Unlike the books (which featured characters such as Mr. Tickle, Mr. Bump, Mr. Happy, Mr. Strong, Mr. Tall, Little Miss Bossy, Little Miss Sunshine, Little Miss Tiny, Little Miss Giggles, and Little Miss Chatterbox as major characters), the TV show features the more minor characters more prominently. Most of the episodes are not based on the books but are, in fact, new stories. There are also several changes to the TV show.

Episodes

Main article: List of The Mr. Men Show episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
152February 4, 2008 (2008-02-04)May 3, 2008 (2008-05-03)
252September 8, 2009 (2009-09-08)October 19, 2009 (2009-10-19)

Voice cast

American voices

British voices

Staff credits

Production

The Mr. Men Show was produced in Los Angeles by Renegade Animation, who were well-known for producing Cartoon Network's Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi, and Chorion in New York City and London for Five and Cartoon Network, respectively.

Adaptations

In 2008, some artistic license was taken in order to adapt the books for television, including name changes, design alterations, and the creation of several new characters. The same year, Mr. Rude, Mr. Quiet, Mr. Strong, Mr. Grumpy, Mr. Fussy, Little Miss Naughty, Little Miss Whoops, Mr. Messy, Little Miss Helpful, Mr. Small, Mr. Nosey, Mr. Jelly, Mr. Lazy, Little Miss Magic, Mr. Tall, Little Miss Bossy, Mr. Funny, and Little Miss Curious had undergone re-imaginings, with Mr. Jelly furthermore being renamed to Mr. Nervous (although Mr. Nosey was renamed Mr. Nosy in the U.S. broadcast and, in Season 1, Mr. Fussy was renamed Mr. Persnickety in the U.S. broadcast and Mr. Pernickety in the U.K. broadcast). As well as this, Little Miss Calamity, Little Miss Daredevil, Mr. Scatterbrain, Mr. Stubborn, and Mr. Metal were created exclusively for the television series. Aliens, Horn-thrusted Red Spanglers, Giant Blue-Bellied Buzzards, and Crustaceans also appear in some seasons of the show.

Dillydale

Dillydale's city sign
Dillydale's city sign

In Roger Hargreaves' original book series, each of the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters were given a hometown: Happyland, Tiddletown, Nonsenseland, etc. In the television series, all of the characters live in the same city, the township of Dillydale. The name "Dillydale" was coined by series producer Peggy Regan. To commemorate the historic naming, Peggy was presented with a plaque and the honorary title of "The Mayor of Dillydale".

References

  1. ^ "Cartoon Network Schedule - Boomerang". Cartoon Network. Time Warner. 20 April 2009. Archived from the original on 20 April 2009.
  2. ^ "Little Miss Calamity". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 25 September 2020.