Mr Benn

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  • 1971
  • 1 Season
  • 7.5  (939)

Mr Benn is a children's animated television series that first aired in the early 1970s and remained popular throughout the 1980s and 1990s. The show ran for just over a decade, and each episode is around ten minutes long. It centers around the titular character, Mr Benn, who is a man with a very special talent - he can visit a mystical costume shop and step through a secret door that leads him to different realms and alternate realities.

The show was created by David McKee, who is responsible for creating other beloved children's entertainment properties such as Elmer the Elephant. The animation itself was created by the prestigious animation studios Mackinnon & Saunders, whose other clients include Aardman Animations and Tim Burton. The series was voiced by Ray Brooks, a British actor, director, and writer who is perhaps best-known for his role in the classic British film, The Servant.

Each episode begins with Mr Benn putting on his morning business suit and walking out of his front door. He wanders through the town's busy streets until he comes across a small, unremarkable costume shop run by a mysterious old man. Mr Benn steps inside to browse and is greeted by the old shopkeeper who, without fail, says the familiar line: "As if by magic, the shopkeeper appeared!"

The shopkeeper then guides Mr Benn to a changing room where he can try on any number of costumes. Once he finds one he likes, he steps through a secret door that leads him to a fantastical location, where he spends the rest of the episode exploring, learning, and righting wrongs.

In one episode, Mr Benn dons a spiky shell and is transported underwater. He meets a friendly octopus who recruits him to retrieve lost treasure from an old, sunken pirate ship. In another episode, he dons a squire's costume and is transported to a medieval castle. There, he helps the king find the courage to stand up to a bullying dragon. Each episode provides a unique and captivating adventure that keeps young viewers engaged and entertained.

One of the hallmarks of the show is its unique animation style. The characters are drawn in a distinctive, flat style, with bold outlines and vibrant colors. This style gives the show a classic, retro feel that has maintained its appeal across generations.

The show's charming narration and whimsical storylines did not go unnoticed, and it quickly became a favorite of children and adults alike. It was widely syndicated and continues to be popular today, with DVD releases, revivals, and merchandise in high demand.

In addition to its entertainment value, Mr Benn has been credited with teaching children valuable life lessons. Each episode is designed to teach empathy, kindness, and courage, as well as to encourage curiosity and exploration. The adventures Mr Benn embarks on teach children to look beyond themselves and to be brave in the face of adversity.

In short, Mr Benn is a beloved children's television show that has captivated young audiences for decades. Its unique premise, charming storytelling, and endearing animation have made it a classic among British children's media. Ray Brooks' excellent voice acting brings Mr Benn's adventures to life, while David McKee's creative vision continues to inspire imaginations the world over.

Mr Benn is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (14 episodes). The series first aired on February 24, 1971.

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Episode 14: The Gladiator
14. Episode 14: The Gladiator
January 1, 2005
Mr Benn visits a mysterious costume shop and tries on a gladiator costume, subsequently taking him to ancient Greece.
Episode 13: The Pirate
13. Episode 13: The Pirate
May 19, 1971
Mr Benn visits a mysterious costume shop and tries on a pirate costume, subsequently taking him to a pirate ship in which he finds himself in the middle of a storm.
Episode 12: The Spaceman
12. Episode 12: The Spaceman
March 31, 1971
Mr Benn visits a mysterious costume shop and tries on a spaceman costume, subsequently taking him to a spaceship in a far away galaxy.
Episode 11: The Magic Carpet
11. Episode 11: The Magic Carpet
March 12, 1971
Mr Benn visits a mysterious costume shop and tries on a costume, subsequently taking him to the desert in which he has a magic carpet, soon to be accompanied by a genie in a bottle.
Episode 10: The Clown
10. Episode 10: The Clown
March 10, 1971
Mr Benn visits a mysterious costume shop and tries on a clown costume, subsequently taking him to an open land and coming to the aide of a circus troupe.
Episode 9: The Cowboy
9. Episode 9: The Cowboy
May 5, 1971
Mr Benn visits a mysterious costume shop and tries on a cowboy costume, subsequently taking him to the Wild West, taking part in a game of hide and seek with Cowboys and Indians.
Episode 8: The Wizard
8. Episode 8: The Wizard
March 24, 1971
Mr Benn visits a mysterious costume shop and tries on a wizard costume, subsequently taking him to a historical kingdom.
Episode 7: The Diver
7. Episode 7: The Diver
April 28, 1971
Mr Benn visits a mysterious costume shop and tries on a diver costume, subsequently taking him to the sea, coming to the aide of Sea Captains as well as King Neptune himself.
Episode 6: The Zoo Keeper
6. Episode 6: The Zoo Keeper
April 21, 1971
Mr Benn visits a mysterious costume shop and tries on a zookeeper costume, subsequently taking him to zoo in which he finds himself helping the caged animals.
Episode 5: The Balloonist
5. Episode 5: The Balloonist
March 17, 1971
Mr Benn visits a mysterious costume shop and tries on a balloonist costume, subsequently taking him to a hot air balloon race.
Episode 4: The Caveman
4. Episode 4: The Caveman
April 14, 1971
Mr Benn visits a mysterious costume shop and tries on a caveman costume, subsequently taking him to prehistorical times.
Episode 3: The Cook
3. Episode 3: The Cook
April 7, 1971
Mr Benn visits a mysterious costume shop and tries on a cook costume, leading him to preparing a feast for a queen.
Episode 2: The Hunter
2. Episode 2: The Hunter
March 3, 1971
Mr Benn visits a mysterious costume shop and tries on a Hunter costume, subsequently taking him to the jungle.
Episode 1: The Red Knight
1. Episode 1: The Red Knight
February 24, 1971
Mr Benn visits a mysterious costume shop and tries on a Red Knight costume, subsequently taking him to a fantastical medieval land.
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Mr Benn is available for streaming on the Signature Entertainment website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Mr Benn on demand at Amazon, Apple TV and Tubi TV.
  • Premiere Date
    February 24, 1971
  • IMDB Rating
    7.5  (939)