Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

5 Things You Didn' T Know; as Mr Benn Turns 50, Here Are 5 Things You Didn't Know about the Beloved Children's Character in the Bowler Hat:

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

5 Things You Didn' T Know; as Mr Benn Turns 50, Here Are 5 Things You Didn't Know about the Beloved Children's Character in the Bowler Hat:

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Children of the Seventies and Eighties will remember the plinky plonky music and turning wheel of costumes that marked the start of Mr Benn, arguably one of the gentlest but most extraordinary children's cartoons ever created.

As Mr Benn celebrates his 50th anniversary, writer and illustrator David McKee reveals some of the inspirations behind the character: 1. The character of Mr Benn was partly inspired by Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin.

"I tried to base him on being a nobody in a way, but the people that I've loved over the years, like Laurel and Hardy and Charlie Chaplin and others, they've had that same dark suits and bowler hats look. When I was in the cubs, in fact, I was in a play and I had to be a detective and wear a bowler hat in that, so bowler hats have been there for quite a long time I think," says David with a laugh. …

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