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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.
Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »




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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Academy Awards - Best Animated Short Film, 1995. 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 »


Followed by Bob and Margaret (1998) See more »

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Purvey animated short ever.
24 August 2011 | by webb-kristieannSee all my reviews

This short disgust me. Totally sickening. I can't think of another cartoon that has a character imitating an elephant with his crotch. I bet the main reason why this short won an award is because of its sexual content. When I first seen this on Cartoon Network that one time, I was shocked and disgusted. Lately and recently, I never saw it again. Now, I have no love for elephants, no thanks to Bob. Trust me on this. This is not a cartoon for kids and well- minded adults, like myself. Man, I wished Cartoon Network never aired this crap (The time they've aired O Canada). In fact, I wish Adult Swim was separated from Cartoon Network.

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27 May 1998 (France) See more »

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El cumpleaños de Bob See more »

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