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Cult CITV children's Animated Series from the mid 1990s. Created by Mike Jupp and Martin Gates Productions as a Spiritual Successor to their previous project The Dreamstone.

The show follows Bimble, who comes into possession of a magical wish granting bucket, occupied by the miniature elf-like Teeny Weeny. Soon, nearby despot Queen Kak of Sleaze City and her Sleezian minions comes to know of this bucket, with bumbling witch Dolly Clackhanger and her Mooks often attempting to steal to appease their queen. Similar to its predecessor, the show follows a simplistic formula, usually revolving around the villains bungling attempts to steal the bucket, though it was kept fresh by an ongoing continuity.

The show ran for three seasons from 1996 to 1998. While the first series was a standard 22 minute show, the second and third were downgraded into ten minute shorts.

Though the show slipped into obscurity for a fair while after airing, the company Monster Entertainment, who own the rights to all the shows in Martin Gates' catalogue, have streamed episodes of the show on their official Youtube account.

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  • All There in the Manual: Word of God is that Bimble's species are termed "Squonks".
  • Alliterative Title: Bimble's Bucket repeats the letter "B".
  • British Brevity: As per UK norm, the show ran 13 episodes per season, totalling to three seasons of 39 episodes.
  • Cartoon Creature: Bimble.
  • Co-Dragons: Dolly and Mudge. They usually mirror Sgt. Blob and Urpgor's glory seeking rivalry from The Dreamstone.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Julia Mc Kenzie rather gloriously chews the scenery as the shrill Dolly Clackhanger.
  • The Exile: Dolly Clackhanger was kicked out of Stiltsville after all her botched witchery caused too much collateral damage. Ironically, her bungling caused much worse problems since then, such as leaving the entire village stranded above the planet.
  • Expy: The show shares a heavy resemblance to The Dreamstone, in premise, cosmetics and even many of the character archetypes.
  • Fat Bastard: Queen Kak and Dolly Clackhanger.
  • Friendly Enemy: Sploot sometimes has problems understanding who's the opposing side or not.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: Queen Kak is not a good ruler.
  • Harmless Villain: Queen Kak's ambitions mostly consist of trying to enforce taxes from civilians and have the fairy tales they create abolished. None of her minions are effective at either.
  • Idiot Hero: Bimble at times is somewhat air headed and careless.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The Sleezians are generally incompetent, many episodes their plans don't even make a starting run.
  • Inept Mage: Dolly really isn't very good at magic. She can conjure up perfectly edible food, but that's about the limit of her powers.
  • Invincible Hero: Reconstructed. The bucket can grant the heroes any desire they wish, however there a lot of stipulations and restrictions as to what it can grant. The majority of the heroes' plot in an episode revolves around getting around this, though when they do, the villains lose handily.
  • Lighter and Softer/Denser and Wackier: The show is less actionized than The Dreamstone, with any dark undertones completely discarded for good natured slapstick and whimsy. Keeping in mind The Dreamstone itself was fairly light hearted.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Sploot is adorably cheerful and docile, usually only interested in pleasing Dolly than committing evil. Bilge and Oiler and the rest of the grunt Sleazians are only a smidgen higher up on the abrasive scale.
  • Obstructive Code of Conduct: The bucket can grant all kinds of wishes, but it comes with rules. In addition, said wishes only last a day.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: The reason Queen Kak hires and provides resources for Dolly is she believes magic could be a potential threat to her rule and, not knowing Dolly's actual inept level of sorcery, decides she would be better kept loyal and eager to her services than risk becoming an enemy.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Most of the Sleazians.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: Dolly and Mudge, being Co-Dragons, regularly bicker for Queen Kak's approval. Dolly also does not get along with the Mayor of Stiltsville, who exiled her due to her past troublemaking.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: After a mishap with a spell leaves Stiltsville floating above air, Kak's lair sinks into the deep crater below. Episodes after involve the villains trying to escape after Bimble blocks any way back up, and even after they succeed, Kak and her lair still stick there (not that she was very active beforehand anyway).
  • Sugar Bowl: The heroes' world is fairly sickly sweet and peaceful. There's a mild bit more wackiness to hold it up than the previous show however.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Sploot serves Dolly with mindless joy in spite of constantly being at the brunt of her wand.
  • Villain Protagonist: As with it's predecessor, the show often focuses more dominantly on the villains' buffoonery than Bimble himself.
  • Villainous Underdog: The Sleazians are pretty ineffectual and helpless against the bucket's powers. For a lengthy arc they get stuck in a large crater beneath the heroes' village, leaving them with the drawback of actually having to escape before they can do any antagonising at all.
  • Walking Disaster Area: Nearly all the Sleazians, but Dolly takes the cake. After being kicked out by the Squonks for causing loads of disasters with her botched up spells, she relocated to a lair in the pleasant countryside, which she quickly reduced to a barren wasteland. Her poor witchcraft combined with Mudge's own schemes ends up leaving Stiltsville elevated about the planet isolated from everyone else.
  • Women Are Wiser: Teeny Weeny is usually more level headed than Bimble. On the villain side however, both gender Sleezians come at varying levels of incompetence.


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Queen Kak

Queen Kak is about as repulsive, cruel, selfish, and miserable as a ruler can get.

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