Bear in the Big Blue House (partially lost original English audio of Playhouse Disney puppet series; 1997-2006)

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Status: Partially Lost

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, had 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 8 episodes in April of 2006[1].

The entire series was recorded in Polish and is available for viewing online in that language.

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), has 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's available on home media would later make its way on the internet. Playhouse Disney and MiniMini recordings of non-home media episodes would also make its way online

As of September 2022, only 1 episode of the show is currently missing the complete English dub (which is the "Grandma Flutter's 100th Birthday"). While the English version is currently incomplete, the full Polish/Italian dubs are available in full online.

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

Episodes[edit | edit source]

Season 1[edit | edit source]

# Episode title Status Notes
1 "Home is Where the Bear Is" Found Home is Where the Bear is (2000 VHS, Australia exclusive)
Volume 1 (1998 VHS)
2 "Water Water Everywhere" Found Home is Where the Bear is (2000 VHS, Australia exclusive)
Sense-sational (2005 DVD)
3 "Mouse Party" Found 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 Volume 5 (1999 VHS)
Shapes, Sounds & Colors with Bear (2000 DVD, 2004 DVD)
5 "Picture of Health" Found 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 Sharing with Friends (2001 DVD)
7 "Why Bears Can't Fly" Found N/A
8 "Falling for Fall" Found A Bear for All Seasons (2003 VHS/DVD, 2004 DVD)
9 "What's in the Mail Today?" Found Volume 1 (1998 VHS)
10 "Dancin' the Day Away" Found 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 Volume 5 (1999 VHS)
Shapes, Sounds & Colors with Bear (2000 DVD, 2004 DVD)
12 "Dirt, I Love You So!" Found N/A
13 "Music to My Ears" Found Music to My Ears (2001 VHS, Australia exclusive)
Dance Party! (2002 VHS/DVD, 2004 DVD)
14 "All Connected" Found N/A
15 "Summer Cooler" Found A Bear for All Seasons (2003 VHS/DVD, 2004 DVD)
16 "The Big Little Visitor" Found Volume 2 (1998 VHS)
17 "A Winter's Nap" Found Early to Bed, Early to Rise (2005 DVD)
18 "Working Like a Bear" Found Tidy Time with Bear (2002 VHS/DVD, 2005 DVD)
19 "Magic in the Kitchen" Found Magic in the Kitchen (2001 VHS, Australia exclusive)
Volume 6 (1999 VHS)
20 "Spring Fever" Found N/A
21 "A Plant Grows in Bear's House" Found
22 "Eat, Drink Juice, and Be Merry" Found
23 "Need a Little Help Today" Found Volume 4 (1998 VHS)
24 "Lost Thing" Found Volume 4 (1998 VHS)
25 "Listen Up" Found 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 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 N/A
28 "Raiders of the Lost Cheese" Found
29 "The Big Sleep" Found Volume 8 (1999 VHS)
Sleepy Time with Bear and Friends (2000 DVD, 2004 DVD)
30 "Clear as a Bell" Found N/A
31 "Good Times" Found
32 "You Learn Something New Everyday" Found Dance Party (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
33 "Back to Nature" Found N/A
34 "The Ojolympics" Found Friends for Life (VHS, Australia exclusive)
35 "The Great Pretender" Found N/A
36 "It's All in Your Head" Found Visiting the Doctor with Bear (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
37 "Oops, My Mistake" Found Happy, Sad, Silly, Mad (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
38 "Bear's Birthday Bash" Found 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 Exploring Senses (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
40 "The Big Blue Housecall" Found Visiting the Doctor with Bear (2000 VHS)
Visiting the Doctor with Bear (2001 DVD, 2005 DVD)
41 "Change is in the Air" Found N/A
42 "Look What I Made" Found
43 "If at First You Don't Succeed" Found Potty Time with Bear (2001 DVD, 2004 DVD)
44 "All Weather Bear" Found A Bear for All Seasons (2003 DVD, 2004 DVD)
45 "I Built That" Found N/A
46 "Tutter's Tiny Trip" Found Bear's Family Affair (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
47 "Dance Fever" Found Dance Fever (VHS, Australia exclusive)
Dance Party! (2002 VHS/DVD, 2004 DVD)
48 "Afraid Not" Found Safe and Sound (2001 VHS)
Visiting the Doctor with Bear (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
49 "I Gotta Be Me" Found Everybody's Special (VHS, Australia exclusive)
Happy, Sad, Silly, Mad (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
50 "Buggin'" Found N/A
51 "Love is All You Need" Found Sharing with Friends (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
52 "It's a Mystery to Me" Found N/A
53 "As Different as Day and Night" Found 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 Bear's Family Affair (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
55 "The Way I Feel Today" Found N/A
56 "You Go, Ojo" Found Bear's Family Affair (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
57 "Scientific Bear" Found N/A
58 "Boys Will Be Boys" Found Story Time with Bear (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
59 "I Was Just Thinking" Found N/A
60 "Wish You Were Here" Found Happy, Sad, Silly, Mad (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
61 "And to All a Good Night" Found Volume 8 (1999 VHS)
Sleepy Time with Bear and Friends (2000 DVD, 2004 DVD)
62 "Call it a Day" Found Potty Time with Bear (2001 DVD, 2004 DVD)
63 "We Did it Our Way" Found Sharing with Friends (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
Tidy Time with Bear (2002 DVD, 2005 DVD)
64 "What's the Story?" Found What's the Story? (VHS, Australia exclusive)
Storytelling with Bear (2001 VHS, 2005 DVD)
65 "When You've Got to Go" Found Potty Time with Bear (1999 VHS, 2001 DVD, 2004 DVD)

Season 3[edit | edit source]

# Episode Title Status Notes
66 "Friends at Play" Found Friends at Play (VHS, Australia exclusive)
Sharing with Friends (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
67 "Nothing to Fear" Found 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 Happy, Sad, Silly, Mad (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
69 "The Senseless Detectives" Found Sense-sational (2002 VHS, 2005 DVD)
Exploring Senses (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
70 "Halloween Bear" Found Halloween & Thanksgiving (2000 VHS)
Bear's Holiday Celebrations (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
71 "You Never Know" Found N/A
72 "It's All About You" Found Everybody's Special (VHS, Australia exclusive)
Bear and His Special Friends (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
73 "Woodland House Wonderful" Found Tidy Time with Bear (2002 VHS/DVD, 2005 DVD)
74 "I've Got Your Number" Found N/A
75 "What's Mine is Yours" Found Friends at Play (VHS, Australia exclusive)
Sharing with Friends (2001 VHS)
76 "Bear's Secret Cave" Found Exploring Senses (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
77 "Smellorama" Found Sense-sational (2002 VHS, 2005 DVD)
Exploring Senses (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
78 "I've For-Got Rhythm" Found Dance Party! (2002 DVD, 2004 DVD)
79 "Wait for Me" Found Wait for Me! (2005 DVD, Australia exclusive)
80 "Morning Glory" Found Early to Bed, Early to Rise (2001 VHS, 2005 DVD)
81 "That Healing Feeling" Found Visiting the Doctor with Bear (2000 VHS, 2001 DVD, 2005 DVD)
82 "Tutter Family Reunion" Found Bear's Family Affair (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
83 "Bats Are People Too" Found 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 What's the Story? (VHS, Australia exclusive)
Storytelling with Bear (2001 VHS, 2005 DVD)
85 "Let's Get Interactive" Found N/A
86 "The Yard Sale" Found Everybody's Special (2003 DVD, 2004 DVD)
Bear and His Special Friends (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
87 "The Best Thanksgiving Ever" Found Halloween & Thanksgiving (2000 VHS)
Bear's Holiday Celebrations (2007 DVD, China exclusive)
88 "Read My Book" Found Storytelling with Bear (2005 DVD)
89 "Go To Sleep" Found 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 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 Heroes of Woodland Valley (2003 DVD, 2005 DVD)
95 "Step By Step" Found N/A
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 Practice Makes Perfect (2003 DVD)
103 "The Amazing Skippy" Found N/A
104 "Let's Hit the Road" Found
105 "Great Ball of Firefighters" Found This episode aired in April 2006
106 "Appreciation Day" Found N/A
107 "Show Your Stuff" Found Practice Makes Perfect (2003 VHS/DVD)
108 "Grandma Flutter's 100th Birthday" Partially Found
(English)
Found
(Polish, Italian)
These episodes aired in April 2006
109 "The View From You" Found
110 "To Clean or Not To Clean" Found
111 "The Great Bandini" Found Practice Makes Perfect (2003 VHS/DVD)
112 "Volunteers of Woodland Valley" Found This episode aired in April 2006
113 "Big Blue Home of the Brave" Found N/A
114 "A Trip to the General Store" Found
115 "Tutter's First Big Sleepover Bash" Found This episode aired in April 2006
116 "A Strange Bird" Found N/A
117 "Let it Go" Found These episodes aired in 2006
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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