Mr. Bean: The Animated Series

 
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UK slapstick cartoon geared toward older kids, adults.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The title character does attempt to model effective problem solving skills, but is fundamentally inept and clueless for comic effect, so his decisions often have unwanted negative consequences.

Positive role models

Like many animated comedies, all of the characters exist in a heightened reality where behavior is consistently quite different from how any sensible person would behave in the real world.

Violence

The show features only occasional violence of the classic outlandish animated variety, with objects that burst through the boundaries of how reality and the laws of physics operate. Plotlines may seem unexpectedly threatening to young children who don't understand the exaggerated reality of cartoons, for example the apparent kidnapping and death of a teddy bear.

Sex

Although there is almost no explicit sexual content, there is at least one totally unexpected moment of animated rear female nudity. However, that is an exception and not the rule. There is occasional innuendo and female objectification, for example a female character depicted with a cartoonishly gigantic bust.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional casual drinking or smoking by secondary characters.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this series of animated shorts is essentially mild adult slapstick, with occasional moments of sexually suggestive content and frequent silly behavior from the lead character. Mr. Bean is a modern-day Charlie Chaplin of sorts; the episodes feature very little dialogue and the title character finds himself led into outlandish situations by bad decisions. Most kids will be able to distinguish the altered animated reality from anything in our world, but very young children might find themselves confused and even upset by some of the series' content.

What's the story?

MR. BEAN -- THE ANIMATED SERIES is a collection of short animated episodes starring the bumbling, confused character made famous by actor Rowan Atkinson. In each installment, a comic situation is set up by Mr. Bean's (Rowan Atkinson) fundamental misunderstanding of human nature and the world around him. We then watch as Mr. Bean stumbles his way through these situations, attempting to accomplish an often impossible goal. Mr. Bean is the kind of character who believes his teddy bear is a living creature, and who frequently sees things that aren't really there.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Anyone who's spent time watching British comedy has undoubtedly encountered its unique peculiarities. It's really a completely different species from the American variety, more subtle in many ways but more outrageous in other ways too. Monty Python, Benny Hill, even the original version of The Office...there are plenty of British comedy phenomena that have made their way around the world, but they remain an acquired taste. Mr. Bean -- The Animated Series is another example of pure British comedy that will either translate or won't to non-British viewers.

The titular character has become an icon in the UK thanks to performer Rowan Atkinson; there was a live-action series and films in addition to the cartoons. There's something entertaingly elastic about the series' animation style, but your enjoyment will come down to how you feel about other British comedy series. There aren't many specifically UK-centric jokes, but the tone of the entire enterprise relies upon elaborately constructed slapstick and the frequent humiliation of the titular character.

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TV details

Cast:Rowan Atkinson
Network:Cartoon Network
Genre:Comedy
TV rating:NR
Available on:Streaming

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Adult Written bysnes64dsi October 13, 2012
 

A fun series for all ages!!!!

This series is based on a live-action Britcom called Mr. Bean created by and starring Rowan Atkinson. He's hilarious in both the animated in live-action forms. Kids, teens and adults of all ages will enjoy Mr. Bean's silly and downright hilarious with a capital "H" antics! Show this series to your kids, they will love it! Nothing too inappropriate, just good clean family-friendly fun!
Kid, 8 years old June 30, 2015
 

This is bad.

Fine for a all ages but bad and pointless...
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Teen, 13 years old Written byDarky'sReviews July 15, 2014
 

Not As Hilarious As The Original Live Action Series But Come On Common Sense, 12+ Must Be A Mistake!

If there were actual adult jokes anywhere, it would of gone right over kid's heads (well at least it did for me and my siblings). Comical violence and a couple of skimpy outfits is truly about as racy as the content gets. It is still a pretty funny show in cartoon form but it gets a bit on my nerves sometimes, like when they keep on hiring jerks to keep Mr Bean from being in peace. I know that there's got to be SOME problem but the writers just keep on relying on them to keep the story moving, and it's like I'm too busy being annoyed at them to actually laugh. I don't exactly know why I don't like this as much as most others, is it because it feels rather childish? I think I might need to go back and watch an episode or two since I haven't done it for about a year. But I wouldn't listen to CSM on this one, they're usually pretty reliable but there is never such thing as a perfect resource. It also helps to check out the user reviews as well for a proper validation but there can be trolls/tricksters. I recommend that you also give the original Mr Bean show and films a try too, and some of the other British cartoons (ie Charlie and Lola). ON: 7+ (Older kids might grow out of it) IFFY: 4-6 OFF: 0-3 EDIT: Maybe I'm just too old for this......
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much consumerism

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