Fans outraged over Bob the Builder's new look

Bob the builder had a makeover.
Bob the builder had a makeover. Photo: PA/HIT Entertainment

Bob the Builder fans have expressed their disappointment over the character's new look.

After 16 years, Hit Entertainment, a division of Mattel, announced the loveable builder has a new look and voice, but it's his "hipster" vest that seems to be generating the most shock.

Viewers will also notice that the characters are computer generated, rather than made using stop-clay animation.

Bob's new look.
Bob's new look. Photo: PA/HIT ENTERTAINMENT

According to the Independent, "The new series claims to retain 'the emotional warmth that has always given Bob the Builder a firm place in the hearts of young viewers.'"

Replacing Neil Morrissey, who played Bob since the launch in 1988, is actor Lee Ingleby, best known for his role as Stan Shunpike in Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban.

"I was very excited to be given the opportunity to be the voice of such a well-loved character, Ingleby told the BBC.

"Capturing a child's imagination is so important, and I just wish I was half as good at DIY as Bob is."

But not everyone is as excited as Ingleby.

Voicing their anger on Twitter people are claiming Bob's new look is the end of their childhood as they know it.  

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"You know your childhood is over when they give Bob The Builder a new look," said one user.

Others are wondering what they have done to Bob, calling him "shifty" looking.

Entering the digital age, it's only natural that Bob has a computer to work on his building designs. As well as this, the builder has also moved house.

Wendy will be voiced by Downtown Abbey actress Joanne Froggatt.

"My godchildren are huge fans of the show so I'm looking forward to seeing their reactions when the new series begins, Froggatt told the BBC

"Wendy is a strong and positive female role model and I think it is important that children's television shows positive social values."

The new series will air in 2015. 

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