- — Mr. Happy, The Mr. Men Show
10 August 1971
The character of Mr. Happy is perhaps the most simple looking, being merely a bright yellow circle with a wide smile, similar to the iconic smiley face. He is numbered as three, although was originally placed tenth. He is from Happyland.
- Colour: Yellow
- Shape: Round
- Gender: Male
- Personality: Merry, Positive, Cheerful, Lively, Joyful, Pleasured, Nice, Jolly, Smiling, Pleased, Kind, Friendly, Amused, Upbeat
- Hair: None
- Family: None
- Height: Normal Mr. Men 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.
- Hometown: Happyland
- Occupation: Host of Good Morning Dillydale, Game show host
- Likes: Happiness, Sunshine, Love, Misterland
- Dislikes: Darkness, Sadness, Hate, Evil, 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), Grant Orchard (The Mr. Men Show, US), Simon Greenall (The Mr. Men Show, UK S1), Rob Rackstraw (The Mr. Men Show, UK S2), Keiko Toda (Mr. Men and Little Miss, Japan)
Mr. Happy has quite a simplistic story, as do most of the other characters.
It starts with him going for a walk in Happyland, discovering a small door in the bottom of a tree trunk. He goes through the small door and down a small staircase where he finds a room at the bottom. Inside the room resides Mr. Miserable, 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.
Over time, Mr. Miserable starts becoming less sad and more happy, eventually becoming just as happy as Mr. Happy, and laughing a lot with him. The story ends off with a message telling the reader that if they are ever sad, to simple turn up the corners of their mouth.
The Mr. Men Show
Mr. Happy in the 2008 TV series The Mr. Men Show looked exactly 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 shown to occasionally have visible eyebrows.
His catchphrase is "Wonderful!" because he is shown to keep smiling and never geting sad.
In the US version, he is voiced by Sam Gold with a voice similar to that of a game show host. 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 90's TV series Mr. Men and Little Miss episode 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 other characters turned into their opposite personalities.
- On October 8, 2010 Mr. Happy was chosen for an ad 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 dust bin 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. (Note: the ad's animation style, film age effect, voice over and music were based on the Original 1970's Mr. Men series).
- He's one of the few Mr./Misses featured in the two "Mr. Men Show" cosplay mall shows in Singapore.
- His portrait appears in the Hippo, Potto and Mouse book Potto Finds a Job, Another Roger Hargreaves Book Series.
- Mr. Happy 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.”
The Mr. Men Show
- Although he wants other people to be happy and in the books, he was nearly always happy, in the Mr. Men Show, he tends to hide his other emotions (sadness, fear, anger, etc.) behind his grin.
- It is possible that Miss Sunshine (as hinted in Boats and Canned Goods) and Mr. Quiet (as shown in Pests) are few of the only people in The Mr. Men Show who knows that Mr. Happy hides his other feelings behind a grin. Miss Naughty may know too. (Why would she bother to make trouble for him in Pests if otherwise?) It's not clear in Garages if Mr. Bump knows consciously or just subconsciously.
- 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.
- He was only angry in Boo Boos, Hotel, and Up and Down.
- He is shrunk down to size by Mr. Metal (created by Little Miss Naughty) in Robots.
- He lives next door to Mr. Grumpy.
- He doesn't care that Mr. Rude is acting rude and has bad manners, when he keeps smiling at him, but did seem to care in Up and Down, and Trees.
- He is also one of the seven heads that yell at Mr. Rude.
- He has been seen with all the characters (except Mr. Tall who hasn't been seen with him so far).
- He likes music, practically Polka as seen in Boats and Radio.
- He loves animals as shown in Reptiles and Pets (although he seems to have trouble with monkeys as shown in Hobbies, Music and Hotel).
- He is one of the 12 characters with no visible nose.
- He teamed up with Mr. Bump and Mr. Quiet in Pirates… and things went their way!
- He had the same 'Broken Smile' and running pose in Gifts as he did in Boats when he (along with a lot Mr./Misses) ran for his life in the Ship.
- An outtake in Hobbies was when one of Miss Naughty's monkey's threw up on Mr. Happy (while he still forced a smile) which was changed to the monkey just throwing a banana peel at him in the final version. (though the outtake can still be seen on Youtube).
- His feet are small.
- He has a game show called What Do You Know About Music that was featured in Music and Game Shows.
- He has no middle name (confirmed in Hotel).
- He said Miss Daredevil's and Miss Scary's names without saying Miss in Physical.
- He also said Mr. Scatterbrain and Mr. Grumpy's names without saying Mr. in Physical.
- On the Cartoon Network website, it was stated that a lot of people find Mr. Happy's "constant glee" upsetting and annoying.
See Counterparts Wiki.
International publications & translations
This is a list of alternate titles for this book being published internationally.
- Monsieur Heureux (French)
- Don Feliz (Spanish)
- Mr. Hapus (Welsh)
- Unser Herr Glücklich (German)
- Meneer Blij/Meneertje Vrolijk (Dutch)
- Ο Κύριος Χαρούμενος (Greek)
- 快樂先生 (Taiwan)
- 행복씨 (Korean)
- Fætter Glad (Danish)
- Herr Lykkelig (Norwegian)
- Gubben Lycklig (Swedish)
- Мистер Весельчак (Russian)
- Mr. Boldog (Hungarian)
- السيد سعيد (Alsayyed saeid) (Arabic)
- Domnul Fericit (Romanian)
- Pan. Radosny (Polish)
- מר שמח (Mar Sameackh) (Hebrew)
- คุณแสนสุข (Thai)
- Bay Mutlu (Turkish)
- Gospodin Veseljko (Господин Весељко) (Serbian)
List of characters
This is a list of Mr. Men, Little Miss and other special characters that appear in this book.
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 (he was 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 (he was replaced by Mr. Lazy on TV)
- Little Miss Scatterbrain
- Little Miss Selfish
- 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
- A Job for Little Miss Giggles (TV)
- A Very Happy Day for Mr. Happy (TV)
- Mr. Forgetful the World's Best Actor (TV)
- Mr. Tickle Saves the Day (TV)
- Mr. Daydream Talks to the Stars (TV)
- Little Miss Helpful Goes to the Fair (TV)
- Golly, Mr. Grumpy's Smiling (TV)
- Little Miss Chatterbox Finds her Calling (TV)
- Mr. Impossible's Lesson (TV) (cameo)
- Mr. Nosey Goes Fishing (TV)
- The Christmas Letter (TV)
- Mr. Happy's Smily Day
- Potto Finds a Job (Hippo Potto and Mouse) (Portrait Cameo)
Artwork from the Mr. Men Show
|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