Little Bear (TV series)

Little Bear is an educational Canadian children's animated series based on the Little Bear series of books written by Else Holmelund Minarik, and illustrated by Maurice Sendak; the program was originally produced by CBC. It has been rebroadcast on many channels, including Noggin/Nick Jr. (U.S.), ABC and ABC2 (Australia), RTÉ (Ireland), TV2 (New Zealand) and Children's BBC (UK). The show aired in reruns on "Nick on CBS" for 1 year from September 16, 2000, to September 8, 2001. A direct-to-video/DVD full-length feature film titled The Little Bear Movie was released in 2001.

In 2001, the show was adapted into a direct-to-video film by Paramount Pictures and Nelvana titled The Little Bear Movie. In the movie, Little Bear and Father Bear go camping in the wilderness, where Little Bear encounters all kinds of new sights and sounds: an eagle's flight, a wolf's howl...and a wild little bear named Cub and his friend Little Moose fishing in a stream. Even though they are from different worlds, Little Bear and Cub become fast friends. When Little Bear learns that Cub is separated from his parents, he organizes a search party to find them. Joined by Emily, Duck, Cat, Owl, and Hen, along with some new friends named the fox twins, Poppy and Pete, Little Bear and Cub begin an unforgettable journey.

Austrian composer Franz Schubert's Allegro vivace from his Violin Sonata No. 1 in D Major is used as the theme tune to Little Bear. The theme was arranged for wind and strings by composer Arnold Black. A separate theme tune is used in the United States.

All the episodes as well as the movie, are available for free on Corus Entertainment / Nelvana's own Treehouse Direct channel on YouTube. And in the U.S, Canada and the U.K., all episodes are currently available for purchase on Amazon Instant Video and iTunes.

In Canada, Little Bear has been turned into a live theatrical show, "Little Bear: Winter Tales" which originally toured across Canada in 2007. The show toured Canada again in late 2009.

Both tours are presented by Paquin Entertainment, and were produced by Koba Entertainment.

This page was last edited on 21 May 2018, at 01:57.
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