Bob the Builder (partially lost American English dub of British children's stop-motion TV series; 1999-2012)
Bob the Builder is a British educational television series for kids created by Keith Chapman. It ran from November 28th, 1998 to December 31st, 2011 and a reboot aired from September 1st, 2015 to December 30th, 2018. When the show was brought to American audiences, it aired on Nickelodeon's Nick Jr. block from 2001-2004 and on PBS Kids and Sprout from 2005-2016. Three US episodes have been lost, season 1 episode 11, "Naughty Spud", season 2 episode 3, "Spud the Super Wrench", and season 2 episode 9, "Tea Set Travis".
Existence[edit | edit source]
In 2014, a YouTuber called Thomasultimate123 uploaded Season 1 of Bob the Builder in its US dub, including Naughty Spud. Sometime afterwards, he deleted most of his Bob the Builder uploads, possibly due to backlash from his inaccuracy in terms of how he released and edited the episodes. Either way, he deleted all of his Bob the Builder uploads barring Travis and Scoop's Race Day, making Naughty Spud completely lost (at the time), as the original Bob the Builder rarely aired on US TV after 2016, and any PBS airings of Seasons 1 and 2 are quite sparse. A clip from Naughty Spud was uploaded onto YouTube under the user EntertainmentFan2004 in 2019 but was gone since the owner of the channel closed it due to fear of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Three months before this, a clip from Spud the Super Wrench was uploaded onto YouTube under the user Bob the Builder Archives. Eventually, the clip of Naughty Spud was reuploaded on May 25th, 2020 under the user CleverHilarious 20.
Release[edit | edit source]
In 2018, a Nick Jr. airing containing Tea Set Travis was uploaded to Archive.org by Kristopher Walker. Two years later, he recently uncovered personal VHS recordings of Naughty Spud and Spud the Super Wrench, later uploading them on Microsoft OneDrive.
External Links[edit | edit source]
- LMW forum thread on the lost US dubs of "Naughty Spud" & "Spud the Super Wrench". Retrieved 22 May '20
- Another LMW forum thread that mentions the lost US dubbed episodes. Retrieved 22 May '20
- "Tea Set Travis". Retrieved 19 June '19
- "Spud the Super Wrench". Retrieved 28 November '20
- "Naughty Spud". Retrieved 28 November '20