|Bob the Builder Pilot|
This Production date of this pilot was most likely in 1997. This Pilot was pitched to HIT Entertainment possibly late 1997 or early 1998. A Single Screenshot of this Pilot shows Bob And Scoop's Early Design Animation. This Pilot Has never been released on DVD or the Internet. According to the website the Pilot was about 90 seconds long. "HIT International required Ealing Animations to produce a 90 second pilot for Bob the Builder to pitch the idea to MIP C.O.M. We had a tight schedule of three months. I could see the idea had a lot of potential but the script was too long. The Script was re-written and production started. The designs for Bob the builder took some time to crack but once they too were finalized the puppet was made in Bristol by a company called The Puppet Factory. The one vehicle featured was produced and engineered by John Wright, also based in Bristol. He was highly recommended and had done lots of work on the Wallace and Grommit films. The sets, props and animation was done in-house. We delivered the goods and HIT presented their proposal which was swept up very quickly." "Bob the builder created by Chris Chapman. A 90 second pilot starts with Bob early one morning exercising in the builders yard with one of his vehicle friends called Dig. They notice the gutter is blocked so Bob climbs up the ladder to fix it - and slips. Luckily for him Dig manages to catch him- perish the thought if he hadn't."