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Bobby's World
Format Animated television series
Created by Howie Mandel
Starring Howie Mandel
Christine Ebersole
Gail Matthius
Edie McClurg
Tino Insana
Kevin Michael
Rob Paulsen
Gary Owens
Frank Welker
Debi Derryberry
Country of origin  United States
No. of episodes 80 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 30 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel FOX Kids (1990-1998), FOX Family (1998-2000)
Original run September 8, 1990 – February 23, 1998
External links
Official website

Bobby's World is a children's animated series, which ran from 1990 to 1998, on FOX. It was about the daily life of Bobby Generic (pronounced /ˈdʒɛnərɪk/ JEN-ə-rik) and his very overactive imagination on how he sees the world. This show was created by actor-comedian Howie Mandel. Mandel also provided the voice of both Bobby and his father Howard Generic, who looks like a cartoon version of Mandel himself. It was produced by Film Roman for Alevy Productions and the FOX Kids. The theme song for Bobby's World was composed by John Tesh, along with Michael Hanna.

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History

The character of "Bobby" can be traced back to Mandel's stand-up comedy performances; Mandel would commonly go into character with the same voice as Bobby, often conversing with an unseen "parent".

The voices of Kelly Generic (Bobby's sister) and Martha Generic (Bobby's mom) are based on two recurring characters Gail Matthius played when she was a cast member on Saturday Night Live in 1980. Martha is based on the character Roweena, a chain smoking hair stylist with a Upper Midwestern accent who gets into arguments with her best customer Nadine (Denny Dillon), while Kelly Generic is based on the character Vicky, a valley girl who annoys others with her shallow questions and rambling stories and often is seen with her friend Debbie (also Dillon).

In the US, during the show's final season on-air, the show was open-captioned; this was intended as an aid to help younger children learn to read.

In an April 2006 online interview, Mandel expressed his desire for a possible re-launch of the series.[1] Episodes can occasionally be seen in syndication, or on a variety of websites.

According to a stand up video posted on YouTube.com[2] Howie mentions that they are working on new episodes.

On February 12, 2007, Bobby made a surprise appearance on an episode of Deal or No Deal.

Show format

Episodes often consist of a short live-action segment either before or after the main story (and sometimes both before and after). The segment would include Mandel describing some aspect of the story and often relating it back to his personal childhood. Sometimes during these segments, the character of Bobby would appear in animated form and converse with Mandel. Other times, a live action child would appear and exchange words with Mandel. Endings of the show also featured Mandel breaking the proverbial "fourth wall" by talking to viewers about the preceding episode. In some part of the episode, Bobby will break the fourth wall by giving advice to the viewer.

Characters

  • Bobby Generic, 4-year old (voiced by Mandel)
  • Howard Generic, Bobby's father (modeled upon and also voiced by Mandel using his regular voice)
  • Martha Generic, Bobby's mother, who speaks with a heavy North Central American English accent and often punctuates her speech with phrases like "Fer cryin' in the mud", "gee golly", "gosh darn" and "don't 'cha know".
  • Kelly Generic, Bobby's 14-year-old sister, sporting a shag haircut, purple eye shadow and a valley girl accent
  • Derek Generic, Bobby's 10-year-old brother, with a rat-tail hairdo and a sarcastic manner.
  • The Generic Twins, Bobby's infant brothers
  • Aunt Ruth, Bobby's aunt and Martha's sister (voice of Edie McClurg)
  • Uncle Ted, Bobby's uncle and Martha's brother. He loves to give noogies to Bobby and is a collector of various things, one of which is a novelty item called Socks In A Can. (voice of Tino Insana)
  • Roger, the Generic family dog
  • Jackie, Bobby's next door neighbor/classmate with the floor-length pigtails who has a crush on Bobby and always kisses him. (voiced by Debi Derryberry)

Episodes

DVD releases

Video Game

A video game based on the Bobby's World television show was for the Super NES and it was developed by RSP and published by Hi Tech Entertainment though it is unknown whether the game was released or not. Most likely it was not released for the fact that there are no cartridges to be found but many ROMs are found around the internet. The plot of the game is about Bobby, whose mom tells Bobby that his room is a complete mess. Bobby was sent to his room to be cleaned. As he is cleaning his room Bobby starts day dreaming about a toy that he spots. After you beat a level Bobby has another day dream about another toy that he puts away. All levels of the game are Bobby's day dreams such as what he does on the show.[3]

Quotes

"In Bobby's world, there's Bobby, but no world"

"Gimme, Gimme never gets, please and thank yous are best bets" (Aunt Ruth)

"In Bobby's world, there are wheels, but no circles."

"Underwater the fish don't stink"

"Animals don't wear underpants"

"Wish you were here. Love, Bobby."

"If he's the best man, why isn't she marrying him?"

Syndication

For its entire run, the program was mainly broadcast by FOX Kids. The show was discontinued on the network in 1998, and began broadcasting reruns on FOX Family until 2000.

References

External links


Simple English

Bobby's World is an American animated television series. It ran from 1990 to 1998 on FOX Kids, and reran on NBC Kids. It was set in 1979 in California. It was about the life of Bobby Generic (pronounced /ˈdʒɛnərɪk/ JEN-ə-rik) and his imagination on how he sees the world. The show was made by Canadian actor-comedian Howie Mandel. Mandel also provided the voice of both Bobby and his father Howard Generic, who looks like a cartoon version of Mandel. It was made by Film Roman for Alevy Productions and Fox Kids, and later NBC Universal. The theme song for Bobby's World was made by John Tesh and Michael Hanna.

Contents

History

The character of "Bobby" can be traced back to Mandel's stand-up comedy performances; Mandel would commonly have the same voice as Bobby, often talking with an unseen "parent".

The voices of Kelly Generic (Bobby's sister) and Martha Generic (Bobby's mom) are based on two characters Gail Matthius played when she was a member on Saturday Night Live in 1980. Martha is based on the character Roweena, a chain smoking hair stylist with a Upper Midwestern accent who gets into arguments with her best customer Nadine (Denny Dillon), while Kelly Generic is based on the character Vicky, a valley girl who annoys others with her shallow questions and rambling stories and often is seen with her friend Debbie (also Dillon).

In the US, during the show's final season on-air, the show was open-captioned; this was intended as an aid to help younger children learn to read.

In an April 2006 online interview, Mandel expressed his desire for a possible re-launch of the series.[1] Episodes can be seen in syndication, or on some websites.

According to a video posted on YouTube.com,[2] Mandel mentions that they are working on new episodes.

On February 12, 2007, the character Bobby made a surprise appearance on an episode of Deal or No Deal.

Show format

Episodes often consist of a short live-action segment either before or after the main story (and sometimes both before and after). The segment would include Mandel describing some aspect of the story and often relating it back to his personal childhood. Sometimes during these segments, the character of Bobby would appear in animated form and converse with Mandel. Other times, a live action child would appear and exchange words with Mandel. Endings of the show also featured Mandel breaking the proverbial "fourth wall" by talking to viewers about the preceding episode. In some part of the episode, Bobby will break the fourth wall by telling the audience his perspective on life.

Characters

  • Bobby Generic - 4-year old boy (voiced by Mandel)
  • Howard Generic - Bobby's father (voiced by Mandel using his regular voice)
  • Martha Generic - Bobby's mother, who speaks with a heavy North Central American English accent and often says things like "Fer cryin' in the mud", "gee golly", "gosh darn" and "don't 'cha know". (voiced by Gail Matthius)
  • Kelly Generic - Bobby's 14-year-old sister, has a shag haircut, purple eye shadow and a valley girl accent (voiced by Charity James)
  • Derek Generic - Bobby's 10-year-old brother, with a rat-tail hairdo and a sarcastic manner. (voiced by Kevin Smets seasons 1-5 and Pamela Segall season 6-7)
  • The Generic Twins - Introduced in Season 4 but mentioned in Seasons 2 and 3 as Martha was pregnant with them, Bobby's infant brothers
  • Aunt Ruth - Bobby's aunt and Martha's sister (voice of Edie McClurg)
  • Uncle Ted - Bobby's uncle and Martha's brother. He loves to give noogies to Bobby and collects things, one of which is a novelty item called Socks In A Can. (voice of Tino Insana)
  • Roger - the Generic family dog (voiced by Frank Welker)
  • Jackie - Bobby's cute and kind girlfriend next door neighbor/classmate with the floor-length pigtails who has a crush on Bobby and always kisses him. (voiced by Debi Derryberry)
  • Charlotte - Charlotte was the fun-loving adventurous girl who was famous for her dislike of chocolate and her ability to tease Bobby incessantly over small things he does.

Episodes

The following American Broadcasting Company (ABC) Holiday animated specials were made in the 1980s:

  • Bobby's Big Move (aired March 8, 1983) First apperance of Bobby Generic, Howie Generic, Mrs. Generic, Kelly Generic, Derek Generic, Jackie, and Roger the Dog.
  • Bobby's Girl (aired November February 13, 1984) First apperance of Captin Squash.
  • Bobby's Big Sweep (aired April 19, 1985)
  • Clubhouse Bobby (aired September 12, 1986)
  • Bobby the Candidate (aired May 6, 1987)

DVD releases

  • Classic Scratch 'n' Sniff Episodes and The Signature Episodes were both issued on DVD in North America by Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Video game

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System made a video game from Bobby's World, which was built by RSP and published by Hi Tech Entertainment. In the game, Bobby's mother tells him to clean his room. As he is cleaning his room Bobby starts daydreaming about a toy. After you beat a level, Bobby has another daydream about another toy that he puts away.[3]

Broadcast History

During its first run, Bobby's World was seen on Fox Kids. After it was stopped in 1998, reruns began playing on FOX Family until 2001, and reruns on NBC Kids began early 2011.

References

External links








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