Bear in the Big Blue House (lost pilot episode of puppet TV series; 1997)


Bear in the Big Blue House (test pilot)
(Left) Screenshot of the pilot (Right) Early promotional image of the show.
(Left) Screenshot of the pilot (Right) Early promotional image of the show.
Status Lost

Although Disney's popular Playhouse Disney show, Bear in the Big Blue House, remains widely circulated, the 12 minute pilot episode of the show has yet to surface. A clip of it was put up online in David Gumpel's director's reel in 2006, which was of an early version of the song "Need a Little Help Today" but all that remains of this is a mere screenshot from the clip, showing Pip and Pop's (Then Pummel and Pop) Original designs and the original kitchen design.

According to Noel Macneal (voice of Bear), the test pilot played out essentially the same as the first season episode "Water, Water Everywhere" and featured the otter duo by their original names--Pummel and Pop (the former of which was changed to Pip because Disney thought it was too violent). Additionally, the song "Need a Little Help Today" (which was carried over to "Water, Water Everywhere") was featured in the episode.

Apart from this information, very little is known about this pilot, although at least one promotional image (which can be seen above) for the show was produced using the same set.

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TSK70

10 months ago
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This NEEDS to be found.
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Dash Master 48

10 months ago
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Yees, but why?
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TSK70

10 months ago
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Because BITBBH is awesome and this pilot needs to be seen by the world! #BigBlueHouseForLife
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Dash Master 48

10 months ago
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You like a kids show too much...

...OH WAIT.
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TSK70

10 months ago
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Dude, I used to love this show when I was little and I really wanna see the pilot so pls stop. God, you're persistant.
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Nscott144

7 months ago
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I agree with you this show needs to be found, can we contact anyone about it like the creators or one of the actors
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Anonymous user #11

1 months ago
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Tsk70 I agree, this pilot should be found. Like the blue prints pilot ( 1995) it should be seen to the world.
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Dash Master 48

10 months ago
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I will. How am I persistent tho?
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Anonymous user #1

10 months ago
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it's perfectly fine to like a kids show :)
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Anonymous user #2

9 months ago
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heck ya this is
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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self (me now) yay (back then)

SHUT UP (now)
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Anonymous user #2

9 months ago
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but i want to see the full song
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Anonymous user #2

9 months ago
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because i am a 10 year old nerd
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Anonymous user #2

9 months ago
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who loves lost media i,m the biggest fan
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Anonymous user #2

9 months ago
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  1. thepilotneedstobefoundNOW
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Anonymous user #4

9 months ago
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Video doesn't exist
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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that goes for you to anonymous #4
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Anonymous user #3

9 months ago
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Video doesn't exist
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Anonymous user #2

5 months ago
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oh my god just shut up plz
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Anonymous user #5

8 months ago
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yes it does i think i have that epsoide.
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Anonymous user #6

8 months ago
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Can anyone reupload the video? The account that uploaded it got terminated
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Anonymous user #7

5 months ago
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A lot of the regular episodes are missing, too. It's sad to see something you grew up watching just dissapear. And then when someone uploads it to youtube... Disney takes it down. Like geez couldn't they just release it online themselves? Or is this show not good enough for them?
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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noel mcneel has seen it
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Anonymous user #8

4 months ago
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Chris426 here. Capture card arrives in 2 days. So far I only have 1 vhs tape from breakfast with bear, but about 95% of the other tapes have the main show. Someone really has to make an article of any missing episodes from bear in the big blue house.
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Ryanskii

4 months ago
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Is the breakfast with bear tape new or higher quality of the previous ones discovered?
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Chris426

4 months ago
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Mynameismeh the Breakfast with Bear tape I was talking about was the "Amanda" episode. That video on YouTube was recorded with my cell phone. There are tracking issues with that tape, as you can see the lines in the middle glitch out. On Monday I'll record the direct signal, which is of higher quality.
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Ryanskii

4 months ago
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ok
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Anonymous user #12

23 days ago
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Sooooooooooo where is it?
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Anonymous user #12

23 days ago
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Nevermind.
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Anonymous user #2

4 months ago
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mynameismeh wanna be friends
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Anonymous user #9

3 months ago
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Where's the David Gumpel reel?
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Anonymous user #10

2 months ago
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The reel was probably taken down.
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Anonymous user #10

1 months ago
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I wonder if the creator of Bear in the Big Blue House has any information about the pilot.
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Mimitchi33

1 months ago
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The otters in this pilot look like Warloworth Q. Weasel clones.
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