HIT Entertainment, the firm behind the cartoon, claim that Bob's new computer generated look "retains the emotional warmth that has always given Bob The Builder a firm place in the hearts of young viewers."
But many noughties children who grew up watching the original series (and the parents of those noughties children) disagree and they have taken to Twitter in droves to voice their disappointment.
I refuse to believe the new Bob the Builder is old enough to hold any kind of qualification. pic.twitter.com/m8JZnDPbxJ
- Lee Williams (@justbiglee) October 13, 2014
- Chester Tay (@chestNUTay) October 13, 2014
New Bob the Builder looks like he drinks Carling and votes UKIP
- Steven Ecott (@stevenecottOMG) October 13, 2014
This new Bob the Builder looks as if he won't fix a thing, until a dozen risk assessments are carried out.
- Thomas Mackintosh (@T_Mackintosh) October 13, 2014
They've 're-designed' Bob the Builder, and I feel a childhood friend has died....or got awful plastic surgery. pic.twitter.com/RxiyuHiE68
- Amelia Littlejohn (@AmeliaRoseL) October 13, 2014
Beauty vlogger Zoella was amongst the offended.
WHY!!! WHY HAVE THEY RUINED BOB THE BUILDER. I don't like it, he has something about him that is shifty... Haha pic.twitter.com/smpy6RcWSC
- Zoe (@ZozeeBo) October 13, 2014
The latest series of Bob the Builder, which will be shown next year, will see Neil Morrissey, who has voiced the character since the show began, replaced by Lee Ingleby, who played Stan Shunpike in Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban.
Bob is just the latest treasured cartoon character to be 'modernised' by Mattel since it bought Hit Entertainment in 2011. Thomas the Tank Engine and Fireman Sam have also been revamped.
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