Mr. Bean: The Animated Series

Common Sense Media says

UK slapstick cartoon geared toward older kids, adults.

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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.

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Not applicable
Consumerism
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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.

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Kids say

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?

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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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Kid, 11 years old August 1, 2011
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2
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AWESOME!

When my family went on our trip to the UK. My sister and I watched it and busted up!
Parent Written bybill colins August 13, 2011
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Terrific comedy

Mr Bean is such a loveable idiot. The kids love interpreting what he is saying as there is little discernable dialog and they get many laughs from his humff's, tsk's and pffffts. All the real life characters are here with his best friend teddy in a supporting role. Great for kids and adultts
Kid, 10 years old August 31, 2011
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funny mr. Bean

it is very funny. positive messages and great for families.
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