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Bob's Birthday (1993)

A devoted and happily-married housewife organises a surprise party on the occasion of her husband's birthday, unbeknownst to her that her dentist spouse is experiencing a sudden mid-life crisis at his office.
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Complete credited cast:
Andy Hamilton Andy Hamilton ... Bob Fish (voice)
Alison Snowden ... Margaret Fish (voice)
Harry Enfield ... (voice)
Andrew MacLachlan Andrew MacLachlan ... (voice)
Tessa Wojtczak ... (voice)
Sally Grace Sally Grace ... (voice)


Margaret Fish is planning a surprise party for her dentist husband, Bob. Meanwhile, at the office, Bob his having a mid-life crisis while insects munch on what's left of his plants. When Bob returns home, Margaret has a terrible time getting him into the room where everyone's hidden until he's halfway through changing clothes and talking about how horrid all their nebbishy friends are (the same friends hidden all over the room). Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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This is the first episode of the Bob and Margaret (1998) television series. See more »


Margaret Fish: Surprise.
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Alternate Versions

Only one scene was censored whenever the short aired on U.S. TV. Which is the infamous part with Bob not wearing any pants at all, was altered by placing a large maple leaf over his pelvic area. This was done whenever the short aired on Cartoon Network's "O, Canada". See more »


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A short with lots of teeth!
29 December 2004 | by LeRoyMarkoSee all my reviews

Funny animated short film that gave birth to the series, which I must admit, I haven't really followed. In this short, Bob turns 40. Margaret organize a surprise party, but she'll get a few surprises of her own! While she's preparing kebabs and the dogs are choking on the same ball, Bob is hit by middle-age crisis. His fear is to "wrinkle up like a piece of fruit". Maybe it's time to have children. Maybe Margaret doesn't find him sexy anymore. Maybe he should fall to temptation and have an affair with his younger secretary. Maybe ophtalmology is really his destiny! Lots of question and lots of laughs in this one.

Seen at home, in Toronto, on December 29th, 2004.

79/100 (***)

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27 May 1998 (France) See more »

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El cumpleaños de Bob See more »

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