Bubbles (Trailer Park Boys character)

Bubbles (Trailer Park Boys character)

Infobox character
colour = #EF172E
name = Bubbles


caption = Bubbles as seen on the promotional poster for
first = Episode 101
nickname =
gender = Male
age =
born = 1972
occupation = shopping cart repairman
family =
children =
relatives =
residence = Sunnyvale Trailer Park
episode = 53
portrayer = Mike Smithcitation|url=http://www.calgarysun.com/cgi-bin/publish.cgi?p=131088&x=articles&s=showbiz|publisher=Calgary Sun|date=April 15, 2006|title=The Bubbles Boy|author=Kevin Williamson]

Bubbles is a fictional character on the Canadian television series Trailer Park Boys portrayed by Mike Smith. [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0290988/ IMDB Entry] ] He is one of the three main characters on the show along with Julian and Ricky.] The character, a small skit Mike Smith had been doing for years, was made popular in The Cart Boy, a short by Mike Clattenburg, and was originally designed to be a supporting character. However, the popularity of Bubbles led to his being continued as a main character in the series. [http://www.tv.com/mike-smith/person/103817/biography.html TV.com Biography] ]

Character Biography

Bubbles is Julian and Ricky's best friend and conscience, known for his hoarse voice, absent-mindedness, and coke-bottle glasses. [http://www.cbc.ca/arts/film/trailerparkboys.html CBC Arts review] October 6 2006] Abandoned as a five year old, Bubbles lives in Julian's tool shed with his cats, who are his only family (aside from Julian and Ricky). He makes a living by stealing shopping carts from one mall and selling them to another. [http://www.8bitjoystick.com/archives/jake_review_trailer_park_boys_season_12_on_dvd.php 8 Bit Joystick DVD Review] ]

Characterization

Bubbles represents an innocence that the other characters often lack, usually staying out of trouble and helping the meek, as illustrated by his love for cats. In spite of sometimes appearing slightly mentally disabled to some people at first glance, he is really not that dim at all.Bubbles is in fact an intellectual, quoting both Plato and Catcher in the Rye comfortably. [ cite web | author = Jonathan Durbin | url = http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=20031124_70088_70088 | publisher = Macleans | title = Canadian Crude | accessdate = 2008-08-16 | date = 2003-11-24]

Whenever the cops swoop into the trailer park to bust one of the boys' operations, Bubbles usually manages to avoid getting busted or nailed by the police in most of the show, with even Randy vouching for him at one point, at least until he was caught at the end of Season Four by Officer George Green in the episode "Working Man". [Trailer Park Boys [http://www.tv.com/trailer-park-boys/workin-man/episode/336152/summary.html Episode 29] May 30 2004]

Bubbles alter-ego is Conky, a ventriloquist dummy that he constructed in grade 6. Conky is verbally abusive to Ricky and Julian, and has met his end at several points in the series, only to return later. [Trailer Park Boys [http://www.tv.com/trailer-park-boys/a-shit-river-runs-through-it/episode/1070444/summary.html Episode 56] June 10 2007] Conky also makes regular appearances in the trio's stand up comedy tours. [ [http://www.livetourartists.com/roster/trailer-park-boys/index.htm The Ricky, Julian and Bubbles Community Service Variety Show] ]

ee also

*Trailer Park Boys
*List of Trailer Park Boys characters
*Mike Smith

References


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