What I Learnt From Watching Mr. Bean

As a child, I remember watching several tv shows such as Mr. Bean (the cartoon version). Back then, I found it to be just a way to pass time. And to be honest, much of the show didn’t make sense to me. I mean I was watching a grown-man with a teddy paying rent for an apartment without a job. I think it’s fair to say that any child would question the practicality of the show. Then again, I didn’t care to analyze the show too much at that age.

However, when I was watching it again yesterday (it’s not what it sounds like), I realized that there is more to the show than just “a grown-man with a teddy paying rent for an apartment without a job”. There is meaning, and a bigger lesson to be learned.

This lesson is about being resilient and cool-minded, when trying to tackle difficulties. Now I know at the outset, our beloved animated character is childish. But he is never the one to ‘give-in’ or to turn weak upon facing a problem or delay. Let me give you a few examples:

  • When Mr. Bean’s trolley is giving him a hard time at the supermarket, he decides to innovate a super-trolley.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OviHq2PYjh4

  • When Mr. Bean realizes his local pizzeria is demanding unfair prices for small pizzas, he decides to start his own pizza selling business.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc3Yn9O4tU0

  • Due to an unexpected visit from a ‘friend’, Bean is required to serve a homemade meal. Is he prepared? Nope! But he is determined to speedily cook spaghetti (even if it means using the bathtub as a replacement for his ultra- small cooking pot).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=haFAUM6BajE

All of these examples illustrate that no matter the problem, being cool-headed and innovative will always work. It’s motivating in a sense… I mean, if “a grown-man with a teddy paying rent for an apartment without a job” can do it, so can me and you. :)

Video Sources:

Mr Bean. “Bean’s Dinner DISASTER 🍗| Mr Bean Cartoon | Mr Bean Full Episodes.” YouTube, uploaded by Mr Bean, 26 Jan. 2020, www.youtube.com/watch?v=haFAUM6BajE.

— -. “Pizza Bean | Mr Bean Full Episodes | Mr Bean Official.” YouTube, uploaded by Mr Bean, 20 July 2019, www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc3Yn9O4tU0.

— -. “Super Trolley BEAN For NEW YEAR’S EVE Shopping! | CHRISTMAS BEAN | Mr Bean Cartoon |Mr Bean Official.” YouTube, uploaded by Mr Bean, 27 Dec. 2020, www.youtube.com/watch?v=OviHq2PYjh4.

Image Sources:

“Mr. Bean .” Kidscreen, [Mr. Bean]. (n.d.). Kidscreen. https://www.google.com/search?q=mr+bean+cartoon&tbm=isch&safe=strict&rlz=1C5CHFA_enCA691CA691&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjj16DHqfHtAhVEbc0KHS_TC7wQBXoECAEQVw&biw=1242&bih=626#imgrc=SYOCrme9a_DGYM.

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Shreya Sangani

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Just a sleep-deprived dreamer :)

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