The series was influenced by physical performers such as Jacques Tati and comic actors from silent films. Teddy is Mr. Bean’s teddy bear, generally regarded as Mr. Bean’s best friend. The bear is a dark brown, knitted oddity with button eyes and sausage-shaped limbs, invariably ending up broken in half or in various other states of destruction and disfiguration. Although Teddy is inanimate, Bean occasionally pretends it is alive. For example, when Mr. Bean hypnotizes Teddy, he snaps his fingers and the bear’s head falls backwards as if it has fallen asleep instantly (Bean used his finger to prop Teddy’s head up). Certainly, Bean behaves as if the bear is real, buying it a Christmas present or trying not to wake it in the mornings.
After losing it, he removes his padlock and bolt-latch from the remains. Although the Mini has been crushed, it nonetheless reappears in subsequent episodes with the same colours and registration number as the car that has been crushed. After filming ended, Teddy was donated by Atkinson to Gyles Brandreth’s Teddy bear museum in Stratford-upon-Avon. In 2008 upon the museum’s closing, Teddy was sold at auction for £180. Place eyes around Round 23-27, use brown yarn to sew X symbol and pull tightly to the bottom of the head to shape the head chin. When Mr. Bean interacts with Teddy, he often pretends he is alive.
A dream sequence of the opening scene of the film Chariots of Fire shows the characters running across a beach, though Mr. Bean dreams he is running with them. He begins to fall behind, until he hails a car to overtake all the others. Now running in front, Bean ensures he wins the race on the beach by tripping one of the runners trying to overtake him, whereupon he crosses the line with elation, and then wakes up. Finding that the rest of the orchestra harry styles private story names have stopped playing while he continued his one recurring note, Bean, with encouragement from Rattle, plays an extended flourish and lastly touches a note that makes a flatulent sound then stops. In 2012, Atkinson reprised his character for a live performance as part of the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. In the scene, Mr. Bean works within the London Symphony Orchestra in its performance of “Chariots of Fire”, conducted by Simon Rattle.
He will talk to the bear, often including him in Bean’s schemes and plans. Usually, this will end up in Teddy getting hurt in some way – be that by his head being ripped off or him being cut in half. However, he always ends up ok in the end or will be back to normal in the next scene.
During its five-year run, the series gained large UK audience figures, including 18.74 million for the 1991 episode “The Trouble with Mr. Bean”. The series has been the recipient of a number of international awards, including the Rose d’Or. The show has been sold in 245 territories worldwide, and has inspired an animated cartoon spin-off, two feature films, and an appearance at the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. In August 2009, an official YouTube channel of the series was launched featuring content from both the original live-action and animated series.
The first film, Bean, was directed by Mel Smith, released in 1997 and followed the misadventures of Mr. Bean as he oversaw the transfer of Whistler’s Mother to a Los Angeles art gallery. The film broke from the programme’s traditional narrative by using a subplot with more developed characters, whereby Bean was not the sole centre of attention but interacted with a suburban Californian family that he stays with during the film. The film was commercially successful, grossing more than US$250 million globally ($45 million in the USA) on a budget estimated at $18 million, despite receiving mixed reviews from critics and holding a 41% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. From 2002 to 2004, 52 episodes were originally broadcast on ITV1 each consisting of two 11-minute segments. The new series amended the format in which it featured episodes that had much more dialogue than normal.
For this scene, Bean does not wear his usual brown tweed sports jacket but the traditional clothing of the musician – white tie and tails. As they perform the piece, Bean is mostly bored with playing the same note repeatedly on the synthesiser and gets jealous of the more interesting part being played on the grand piano. Still bored, he takes out his mobile phone and takes a picture of himself, looking proud. He then sneezes in a comical fashion and tries to retrieve his handkerchief from his bag behind him, finding he cannot reach it while at the synthesizer until he uses an umbrella to maintain his performance.