Bear in the Big Blue House (found Playhouse Disney puppet series; 1997-2006)

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Status: Found

Date found: 19 Oct 2022

Found by: Various people and Disney+

Bear in the Big Blue House was a puppet TV series made by the Jim Henson Company for Playhouse Disney. The show debuted in 1997 and ended in 2006.

The show aired episodes regularly until 2003, when the actress for the character Luna, Lynne Thigpen, suddenly died, and the show was put on hiatus. In the meantime, Breakfast with Bear aired in its place. The show later returned in 2006 to air its final eight episodes[1]. The show would disappear from reruns by May 2010

Despite the show's popularity, a small amount of the show had not resurfaced in English.

Premise[edit | edit source]

The show focused on the adventures of Bear and his friends as they explored the town of Woodland Valley. They would encounter a problem in each episode, which would often be solved with the help of family members and friends.

The show was very similar in style to Mister Roger's Neighborhood. Each episode had a different theme, with segments flowing from one to another, and each episode usually had at least one unique song. Every episode had a segment with Shadow, a living shadow girl played by Tara Mooney, and a segment with Luna, the Moon, played by Lynne Thigpen.

Availability[edit | edit source]

From 1998 until 2005, and then in 2007 in China, 72 episodes of the show (73 if counting the LIVE! video) have been made available on VHS & DVD from Columbia Tristar Home Video, Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment, and Walt Disney Home Entertainment in America/China. ABC Video/Roadshow Entertainment distributed Bear videos on VHS & DVD from 2000 to 2005 in Australia. All of the episodes that were available on home media would later make their way on the internet, while recordings of Playhouse Disney and Polish (from MiniMini) airings of certain episodes would also find their way online.

Prior to October 2022, only one episode of the show was currently missing the complete English dub, that episode being "Grandma Flutter's 100th Birthday". While the English version was incomplete, the full Polish/Italian dubs were available in full online.

On September 15th, 2022, an announcement was made online that the complete series would be released on the Disney+ streaming service on October 19th, 2022 (the day before the franchise's 25th anniversary).[2]

On October 19th, 2022, the series was uploaded onto Disney+, rendering the complete series found.[3][4]

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Notes
1 "Home is Where the Bear Is" Found Also available on Home is Where the Bear is (2000 VHS, Australia exclusive)
Volume 1 (1998 VHS)
2 "Water Water Everywhere" Found Also available on Home is Where the Bear is (2000 VHS, Australia exclusive)
Sense-sational (2005 DVD)
3 "Mouse Party" Found Also available on Bear's Birthday Bash (2002 VHS, Australia exclusive)
Volume 7 (1999 VHS)
Party Time with Bear (2000 DVD, 2004 DVD)
4 "Shape of a Bear" Found Also available on Volume 5 (1999 VHS)
Shapes, Sounds & Colors with Bear (2000 DVD, 2004 DVD)
5 "Picture of Health" Found Also available on Magic in the Kitchen (2001 VHS, Australia exclusive)
Volume 6 (1999 VHS)
Visiting the Doctor with Bear (2001 DVD, 2005 DVD)
6 "Share, Bear" Found Also available on Sharing with Friends (2001 DVD)
7 "Why Bears Can't Fly" Found N/A
8 "Falling for Fall" Found Also available on A Bear for All Seasons (2003 VHS/DVD, 2004 DVD)
9 "What's in the Mail Today?" Found Also available on Volume 1 (1998 VHS)
10 "Dancin' the Day Away" Found Also available on Dance Fever (2001 VHS, Australia exclusive)
Volume 3 (1998 VHS)
Party Time with Bear (2000 DVD, 2004 DVD)
Dance Party! (2004 DVD, Australia exclusive)
11 "A Wagon of a Different Color" Found Also available on Volume 5 (1999 VHS)
Shapes, Sounds & Colors with Bear (2000 DVD, 2004 DVD)
12 "Dirt, I Love You So!" Found Disney+ (2022)
13 "Music to My Ears" Found Available on Music to My Ears (2001 VHS, Australia exclusive)
Dance Party! (2002 VHS/DVD, 2004 DVD)
14 "All Connected" Found Disney+ (2022)
15 "Summer Cooler" Found Also available on A Bear for All Seasons (2003 VHS/DVD, 2004 DVD)
16 "The Big Little Visitor" Found Also available on Volume 2 (1998 VHS)
17 "A Winter's Nap" Found Also available on Early to Bed, Early to Rise (2005 DVD)
18 "Working Like a Bear" Found Available on Tidy Time with Bear (2002 VHS/DVD, 2004 DVD)
19 "Magic in the Kitchen" Found Also available on Magic in the Kitchen (2001 VHS, Australia exclusive)
Volume 6 (1999 VHS)
20 "Spring Fever" Found Disney+ (2022)
21 "A Plant Grows in Bear's House" Found
22 "Eat, Drink Juice, and Be Merry" Found
23 "Need a Little Help Today" Found Also available on Volume 4 (1998 VHS)
24 "Lost Thing" Found Also available on Volume 4 (1998 VHS)
25 "Listen Up" Found Also available on Music to My Ears (2001 VHS, Australia exclusive)
Volume 3 (1998 VHS)
Shapes, Sounds & Colors with Bear (2000 DVD, 2004 DVD)
Dance Party! (2004 DVD, Australia exclusive)
26 "Friends for Life" Found Also available on Friends for Life (2000 VHS, Australia exclusive)
Volume 2 (1998 VHS)
Sleepy Time with Bear and Friends (2000 DVD, 2004 DVD)

Season 2[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Notes
27 "Ooh Baby Baby" Found Disney+ (2022)
28 "Raiders of the Lost Cheese" Found
29 "The Big Sleep" Found Also available on Volume 8 (1999 VHS)
Sleepy Time with Bear and Friends (2000 DVD, 2004 DVD)
30 "Clear as a Bell" Found Disney+ (2022)
31 "Good Times" Found
32 "You Learn Something New Everyday" Found Also available on Dance Party (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
33 "Back to Nature" Found Disney+ (2022)
34 "The Ojolympics" Found Available on Friends for Life (VHS, Australia exclusive)
35 "The Great Pretender" Found Disney+ (2022)
36 "It's All in Your Head" Found Also available on Visiting the Doctor with Bear (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
37 "Oops, My Mistake" Found Also available on Happy, Sad, Silly, Mad (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
38 "Bear's Birthday Bash" Found Also available on Bear's Birthday Bash (VHS, Australia exclusive)
Volume 7 (1999 VHS)
Party Time with Bear (2000 DVD, 2004 DVD)
Dance Party! (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
39 "Picture This" Found Also available on Exploring Senses (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
40 "The Big Blue Housecall" Found Also available on Visiting the Doctor with Bear (2000 VHS)
Visiting the Doctor with Bear (2001 DVD, 2005 DVD)
41 "Change is in the Air" Found Disney+ (2022)
42 "Look What I Made" Found
43 "If at First You Don't Succeed" Found Also available on Potty Time with Bear (2001 DVD, 2004 DVD)
44 "All Weather Bear" Found Also available on A Bear for All Seasons (2003 DVD, 2004 DVD)
45 "I Built That" Found Disney+ (2022)
46 "Tutter's Tiny Trip" Found Also available on Bear's Family Affair (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
47 "Dance Fever" Found Also available on Dance Fever (VHS, Australia exclusive)
Dance Party! (2002 VHS/DVD, 2004 DVD)
48 "Afraid Not" Found Also available on Safe and Sound (2001 VHS)
Visiting the Doctor with Bear (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
49 "I Gotta Be Me" Found Also available on Everybody's Special (VHS, Australia exclusive)
Happy, Sad, Silly, Mad (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
50 "Buggin'" Found Disney+ (2022)
51 "Love is All You Need" Found Available on Sharing with Friends (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
52 "It's a Mystery to Me" Found Disney+ (2022)
53 "As Different as Day and Night" Found Also available on Everybody's Special (2002 VHS, 2003 DVD, 2004 DVD)
Bear and His Special Friends (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
54 "Grandparents Just Want to Have Fun" Found Also available on Bear's Family Affair (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
55 "The Way I Feel Today" Found Disney+ (2022)
56 "You Go, Ojo" Found Also available on Bear's Family Affair (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
57 "Scientific Bear" Found Disney+ (2022)
58 "Boys Will Be Boys" Found Also available on Story Time with Bear (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
59 "I Was Just Thinking" Found Disney+ (2022)
60 "Wish You Were Here" Found Also available on Happy, Sad, Silly, Mad (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
61 "And to All a Good Night" Found Available on Volume 8 (1999 VHS)
Sleepy Time with Bear and Friends (2000 DVD, 2004 DVD)
62 "Call it a Day" Found Also available on Potty Time with Bear (2001 DVD, 2004 DVD)
63 "We Did it Our Way" Found Also available on Sharing with Friends (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
Tidy Time with Bear (2002 DVD, 2004 DVD)
64 "What's the Story?" Found Also available on What's the Story? (VHS, Australia exclusive)
Storytelling with Bear (2001 VHS, 2005 DVD)
65 "When You've Got to Go" Found Also available on Potty Time with Bear (1999 VHS, 2001 DVD, 2004 DVD)

Season 3[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Notes
66 "Friends at Play" Found Also available on Friends at Play (VHS, Australia exclusive)
Sharing with Friends (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
67 "Nothing to Fear" Found Also available on Safe and Sound (2001 VHS)
Visiting the Doctor with Bear (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
Everybody's Special (2003 DVD)
Wait for Me! (2005 DVD, Australia exclusive)
68 "Lost and Found" Found Also available on Happy, Sad, Silly, Mad (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
69 "The Senseless Detectives" Found Also available on Sense-sational (2002 VHS, 2005 DVD)
Exploring Senses (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
70 "Halloween Bear" Found Also available on Halloween & Thanksgiving (2000 VHS)
Bear's Holiday Celebrations (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
71 "You Never Know" Found Disney+ (2022)
72 "It's All About You" Found Also available on Everybody's Special (VHS, Australia exclusive)
Bear and His Special Friends (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
73 "Woodland House Wonderful" Found Also available on Tidy Time with Bear (2002 VHS/DVD, 2004 DVD)
74 "I've Got Your Number" Found Disney+ (2022)
75 "What's Mine is Yours" Found Also available on Friends at Play (VHS, Australia exclusive)
Sharing with Friends (2001 VHS)
76 "Bear's Secret Cave" Found Also available on Exploring Senses (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
77 "Smellorama" Found Also available on Sense-sational (2002 VHS, 2005 DVD)
Exploring Senses (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
78 "I've For-Got Rhythm" Found Available on Dance Party! (2002 DVD, 2004 DVD)
79 "Wait for Me" Found Also available on Wait for Me! (2005 DVD, Australia exclusive)
80 "Morning Glory" Found Also available on Early to Bed, Early to Rise (2001 VHS, 2005 DVD)
81 "That Healing Feeling" Found Also available on Visiting the Doctor with Bear (2000 VHS, 2001 DVD, 2005 DVD)
82 "Tutter Family Reunion" Found Also available on Bear's Family Affair (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
83 "Bats Are People Too" Found Also available on Everybody's Special (2002 VHS, 2004 DVD)
Bear and His Special Friends (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
Wait for Me! (2005 DVD, Australia exclusive)
84 "Words, Words, Words" Found Also available on What's the Story? (VHS, Australia exclusive)
Storytelling with Bear (2001 VHS, 2005 DVD)
85 "Let's Get Interactive" Found Disney+ (2022)
86 "The Yard Sale" Found Also available on Everybody's Special (2003 DVD, 2004 DVD)
Bear and His Special Friends (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
87 "The Best Thanksgiving Ever" Found Also available on Halloween & Thanksgiving (2000 VHS)
Bear's Holiday Celebrations (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
88 "Read My Book" Found Also available on Storytelling with Bear (2005 DVD)
89 "Go To Sleep" Found Also available on Potty Time with Bear (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
Early to Bed, Early to Rise (2001 VHS, 2005 DVD)
Wait for Me! (2005 DVD, Australia exclusive)
90/91 "A Berry Bear Christmas" Found Also available on A Berry Bear Christmas (2000 VHS)

Surprise Party[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status
92 "Bear in the Big Blue House LIVE: Surprise Party" Found

Season 4[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Notes
93/94 "Welcome to Woodland Valley" Found Also available on Heroes of Woodland Valley (2003 DVD, 2004 DVD)
95 "Step By Step" Found Disney+ (2022)
96 "First Day at Mouse School" Found
97 "Rockin' Rocko" Found
98 "When Harry Met Hallie" Found
99 "Show and Tell" Found
100 "Tutter Gathers Some Moss" Found
101 "History, Herstory, Bearstory" Found
102 "At the Old Bear Game" Found Also available on Practice Makes Perfect (2003 DVD)
103 "The Amazing Skippy" Found Disney+ (2022)
104 "Let's Hit the Road" Found
105 "Great Ball of Firefighters" Found
106 "Appreciation Day" Found
107 "Show Your Stuff" Found Also available on Practice Makes Perfect (2003 VHS/DVD)
108 "Grandma Flutter's 100th Birthday" Found Disney+ (2022)
109 "The View From You" Found
110 "To Clean or Not To Clean" Found
111 "The Great Bandini" Found Also available on Practice Makes Perfect (2003 VHS/DVD)
112 "Volunteers of Woodland Valley" Found Disney+ (2022)
113 "Big Blue Home of the Brave" Found
114 "A Trip to the General Store" Found
115 "Tutter's First Big Sleepover Bash" Found
116 "A Strange Bird" Found N/A
117 "Let it Go" Found Disney+ (2022)
118 "This is Your Life, Bear!" Found

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Defunctland's video on the subject.

See Also[edit | edit source]

Bear in the Big Blue House[edit | edit source]

Disney Animated Films[edit | edit source]

Disney Channel[edit | edit source]

Playhouse Disney[edit | edit source]

Disney Junior[edit | edit source]

Toon Disney[edit | edit source]

Disney XD[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

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