What could be better than a new Bob the Builder episode? A Bob the Builder movie of course!
Bob the Builder is now computer animated in this new adventure. He and his crew are on location at Fixham Harbor. As they work to install new pillars on the local museum, Spud and Scrambler learn about the legend of Pirate Brickbeard’s Golden Hammer. They decide to try to find it as a present for Bob. Their quest takes through a series of crazy adventures as they follow the clues to find its location.
I like that this movie doesn’t just have the usual problem-disaster-solution plot. The quest for the Golden Hammer adds another dimension of mystery. Kids need to keep track of the clues while Scrambler and Spud work to unravel each one to find the Golden Hammer to give to Bob. I also like that this movie is longer than the usual Bob the Builder episodes. We like to have a family movie night on Sunday nights, and this movie (60 minutes) is just the right length to keep everyone happy and still get the kids to bed on time.
This movie has one bonus feature: “Build a House with Bob” game. When the kids aren’t quite ready for the movie experience to be over, they like to play this game, each taking turns choosing how to build the house. Most of the time, however, they aren’t too interested in this feature.
I thought that I wouldn’t like the computer-animated Bob as much as the original but, actually, the animation is very well done and is less jerky than the original Bob.
Overall, I think this is a great movie and one I am glad to add to our Bob the Builder collection.