- — Mr. Happy, The Mr. Men Show
3 (UK and US)
10 August, 1971
The character of Mr. Happy is perhaps the most simple-looking, merely being a bright-yellow circle with a wide smile, similar to the iconic smiley-face. He is numbered as three, although was originally numbered as ten. He lives in Happyland.
- Colour: Yellow
- Shape: Round
- Gender: Male
- Personality: Merry, positive, cheerful, lively, joyful, pleasured, nice, jolly, smiley, pleased, kind, friendly, amused, upbeat
- Hair: None
- Family: None
- Height: Normal Mr. Man height
- Weight: Average
- Friends: Most of the other Mr. Men and Little Miss
- Rivals: Mr. Rude, Mr. Slow, Mr. Mean, Mr. Grumble, Little Miss Bossy, Little Miss Helpful, Mr. Stubborn, Little Miss Scary, Aliens
- Hometown: Happyland
- Occupation: Host of Good Morning Dillydale, game show host
- Likes: Happiness, sunshine, love, Misterland
- Dislikes: Darkness, sadness, hate, evilness, Mr. Rude
- Job: Being happy, making others happy
- Features: None
- Feelings: Very happy
- Position in Mr. Grumpy's band: Accordion, marimba phone
- Voice Actors: Arthur Lowe (1975-1978), John Alderton (1983), Gordon Peters (Mr. Men and Little Miss, UK), Ron Rubin (Mr. Men and Little Miss, US), Sam Gold (The Mr. Men Show, US), Simon Greenall (The Mr. Men Show, UK S1), Rob Rackstraw (The Mr. Men Show, UK S2), Keiko Toda (The Mr. Men Show, Japan)
Mr. Happy has quite a simplistic story, just like most of the other characters.
The actual story starts with him going for a walk in Happyland, when he discovers a small door at the bottom of a tree trunk. He then goes through the door, and down a small staircase, where he finds a room at the bottom. Inside the room, Mr. Miserable resides there, who looks exactly like Mr. Happy, except with a big frown instead of a big smile. Mr. Happy takes Mr. Miserable out with him and invites him to stay in Happyland for a while.
Overtime, Mr. Miserable starts becoming less sad and more happy, when he eventually becomes just as happy as Mr. Happy, and laughing a lot with him. The story ends with a message to tell the reader that if they are ever sad, to simply turn up the corners of their mouth.
The Mr. Men Show
In the 2008 TV series The Mr. Men Show, Mr. Happy looks exactly the same as he did in the books. He kept his yellow colour, but his limbs are slightly smaller, he has a less circular body and is occasionally shown to have visible eyebrows. He co-hosts a morning show called Good Morning Dillydale! as well as a game show called What Do You Know About Music? with Little Miss Sunshine. He lives next door to Mr. Grumpy, whom he has a sitcom-like neighbourly relationship with, as seen in "Chores" and "Next Door". He likes music; especially polka, as shown in "Boats" and "Radio". His catchphrase is "Wonderful!", because he is shown to keep smiling and never getting sad. On the Cartoon Network website, it was stated that a lot of people find Mr. Happy's "constant glee" upsetting and annoying.
In the US version, he is voiced by Sam Gold, who portrays him with a voice similar to that of a game show host, and in the UK version, he is voiced by Simon Greenall in Season 1, and Rob Rackstraw in Season 2.
- He seems to be prone to depression, as shown in books like "Mr. Nobody" and "Little Miss Magic" and in the episode of Mr. Men and Little Miss, "A Very Happy Day for Mr. Happy", where he was depressed for days, (though those reasons above were because other people were unhappy).
- In the book "Mr. Men - A Christmas Carol", he was clinically depressed for a whole year!
- He was also sad in the 2003 PC video game The Adventures of Mr. Greedy, but this time, the other characters turned into their opposite personalities.
- On the 8 October 2010, Mr. Happy was chosen for an advertising campaign for Specsavers. The first ad starts off with Mr. Happy not happy with missing a Specsavers offer, so then the narrator ask him what would make him happy. Along the way he develops a Mr. Grumpy-like attitude: splashing a cream cake in Mr. Greedy's face, throwing a dustbin on Mr. Messy, tying Mr. Tickle's arms into a giant knot, and pulling off Mr. Bump's lower bandages. After this the narrator tells him that he should have gone to Specsavers, to which Mr. Happy blows a raspberry at him.
- His portrait appears in the Hippo, Potto and Mouse book Potto Finds a Job, which is another Roger Hargreaves book series.
- Mr. Happy also appeared in a commercial for Subway, along with Little Miss Sparkle, Mr. Cool, Mr. Noisy, and Little Miss Fun.
- According to a Mr. Men treasury released in 2015, Adam Hargreaves finds him the hardest character to draw. He says, "Even though he is the simplest, I find Mr. Happy the most difficult. There are less breaks in the outline so I have to draw a longer perfect circular line to get him right. I sort of work from the outside inwards, always starting at the top, with the hat if they had one, and then draw the outline leaving gaps for the arms and legs and their face and expression come last".
- In the Mr. Men Show, he says to love beans (Canned Goods), but in the "Mr. Men A Christmas Carol" book, he does not like beans. Beans are a sort of food-standard in Dillydale.
The Mr. Men Show
- In the original books, Mr. Happy is the series' mascot, but in the show, that status is given to Mr. Bump.
- Although he wants other people to be happy, in the books, he was nearly always happy in the series. He tends to hide his other emotions (sadness, fear, anger, etc.) behind his grin. An example of this was in "Boats" was when Mr. Happy had a smile to remain positive when the S.S. Stubborn was sinking.
- He displayed anger in "Boo Boos", "Hotel", and "Up and Down". His segment with Mr. Stubborn in "Boo-Boos" had more feelings of anger, but were cut as the directors said Mr. Happy wasn't allowed to be angry. He is also one of the Angry Heads.
- He can play the glockenspiel in Game Shows, the accordion in Boats, the trumpet in Robots, and the guitar in Music.
- He loves animals, as shown in Reptiles and Pets, though he seems to have trouble with monkeys as shown in Hobbies, Music and Hotel.
- He has no middle name, as revealed in Hotel.
- He is one of the few Mr. Men and Little Misses featured in the two Mr. Men Show cosplay mall shows in Singapore.
See Counterparts Wiki.
International publications & translations
This is a list of alternative titles for this book being published internationally.
- Monsieur Heureux (French)
- Unser Herr Glücklich (German)
- Mr. Hapus (Welsh)
- Fætter Glad (Danish)
- Herr Lykkelig (Norwegian)
- Gubben Lycklig (Swedish)
- Meneer Blij (First Dutch Release)
- Meneertje Vrolijk (Second Dutch Release)
- Meneertje Blij (Third Dutch Release)
- מר שמח (Mar Sameackh; Hebrew)
- Don Feliz (Castilian Spanish)
- Don Contentón (Mexican Spanish)
- Ο Κύριος Ευτύχιος (First Greek Release)
- Ο Κύριος Χαρούμενος (Second Greek Release)
- 快樂先生 (Taiwan)
- Mali Srečko (Slovenian)
- Mr. Boldog (Hungarian)
- 愉快先生 (Cantonese, 2001)
- 開心先生 (Cantonese, 2013)
- Herra Sæll (Icelandic)
- Mister Sorriso (Italian)
- ハッピーくん (Happy-kun; Japanese)
- Senhor Feliz (Portuguese)
- 행복씨 (Korean)
- Господин Весељко (Gospodin Veseljko; Serbian)
- Mr. Sásta (Irish)
- Domnul Fericit (Romanian)
- 快乐先生 (China)
- คุณแสนสุข (Thai)
- Мистер Весельчак (Mister Vesel'chak; Russian)
- السيد سعيد (Alsayyed Saeid; Arabic)
- Pan Radosny (Polish)
- Bay Mutlu (Turkish)
- Mr. Feliç (Catalan)
List of characters
Title character in other appearances
Mr. Happy probably appeared in more other Mr. Men and Little Miss stories than any other character. He is seen in:
- Mr. Birthday
- Mr. Christmas
- Mr. Clever
- Mr. Grumpy
- Mr. Mischief
- Mr. No
- Mr. Nobody
- Mr. Nonsense
- Mr. Quiet
- Mr. Rude
- Mr. Rush
- Mr. Adventure
- Little Miss Birthday
- Little Miss Bossy (Replaced by Little Miss Sunshine on TV)
- Little Miss Chatterbox
- Little Miss Christmas
- Little Miss Contrary
- Little Miss Giggles
- Little Miss Helpful
- Little Miss Hug
- Little Miss Magic
- Little Miss Naughty (Replaced by Mr. Lazy on TV)
- Little Miss Scatterbrain
- Little Miss Show-Off
- Little Miss Shy
- Little Miss Splendid
- Little Miss Stella
- Little Miss Sunshine
- Mr. Happy and the Wizard
- Mr. Jelly and the Pirates
- Be My Mr. Happy
- Mr. Men - A Christmas Carol
- Mr. Happy at the Seaside
- Mr. Happy Finds a Hobby
- Little Miss Twins (mentioned only)
- Little Miss Splendid and the Princess
- Hurry Mr. Rush...autumn is coming! (TV) (picture)
- What a Choice for Little Miss Fickle (TV) (cameo on TV)
- Mr. Daydream Talks to the Stars (TV)
- Golly, Mr. Grumpy's Smiling (TV)
- Mr. Tickle Saves the Day (TV)
- Another Victory for Little Miss Splendid (TV) (cameo)
- A Very Happy Day for Mr. Happy (TV)
- Mr. Forgetful the World's Best Actor (TV)
- Mr. Impossible's Lesson (TV) (cameo)
- Little Miss Star Goes to Jollywood (TV) (cameo)
- Little Miss Chatterbox Finds her Calling (TV)
- A Job for Little Miss Giggles (TV)
- Little Miss Chatterbox Goes to Seatown (TV) (cameo)
- Mr. Lazy Takes an Afternoon Nap (TV) (cameo)
- Little Miss Naughty Goes Skiing (TV) (cameo)
- Mr. Chatterbox and the Parrot (TV) (cameo)
- Little Miss Late Finally Catches Up (TV) (cameo)
- Mr. Muddle Goes Skating (TV) (cameo)
- Little Miss Helpful Goes to the Fair (TV)
- Little Miss Bossy Has a Busy Day (TV) (cameo)
- Mr. Nosey Goes Fishing (TV)
- It's Very Noisy for Mr. Quiet (TV) (cameo)
- Mr. Clever Flies His Kite (TV) (cameo)
- Happy Birthday Little Miss Scatterbrain (TV) (cameo)
- The Christmas Letter (TV)
- Mr. Happy's Smiley Day
- Potto Finds a Job (Hippo Potto and Mouse) (Portrait cameo)
Artwork from the Mr. Men Show
The Mr. Men Show Screenshots
|The Mr. Men Show Characters|
|Season 1 Characters|
Little Miss Sunshine • Little Miss Naughty • Little Miss Scary • Mr. Lazy • Mr. Nervous • Mr. Messy • Mr. Quiet • Mr. Stubborn • Little Miss Helpful • Mr. Bounce • Mr. Small • Little Miss Chatterbox • Mr. Per(s)nickety (Mr. Fussy in Season 2) • Mr. Grumpy • Mr. Nosey • Mr. Scatterbrain • Mr. Happy • Mr. Bump • Mr. Rude • Little Miss Whoops • Mr. Noisy • Little Miss Calamity (Season 1 Only) • Little Miss Daredevil • Mr. Strong • Mr. Tickle