Grandfather Bear is a clever and jolly old bear who loves to tinker. He lives in a large house in the woods with his wife, Grandmother Bear. He loves to dance around and play with his grandson, Little Bear, even though this can sometimes wear him out and make him tired.
When Grandfather Bear was just a little cub, he had several "rainy day friends" who he would play with on rainy days. These included his Happy Ball, his toy train, his Jack-in-the-box, and his toy soldier.
In his youth, Grandfather Bear was the star of the trapeze in a circus. His stage name was "The Flying Fenomenon; The Trailblazer of the Trapeze; The Virtual Soul of Virtego; The Great Grandini Bear!" It was during his time at the circus when he met Grandmother Bear.
Many years before he would do the same with Little Bear, Grandfather Bear went with a young bear cub on her first campout. This young bear cub was heavily implied to have been Mother Bear, Grandfather Bear's daughter.
Life as a grandfather
In the segment "Grandfather Bear", Little Bear was playing with Grandfather Bear. First, they danced around and had fun with the wheelbarrow. Then, while Grandfather Bear was resting in the gazebo, Little Bear chased a lizard up a tree and tried to catch it. From the tree, Little Bear saw an old sled at the top of a hill. After Little Bear and Grandfather Bear went to the hill and saw the sled close up, Grandmother Bear called them for lunch. And after lunch, Grandfather Bear sat down in the parlor and sent Little Bear to get his pipe so he could tell a story. But when Little Bear returned, Grandfather Bear was asleep.
In the segment "Little Bear's Band", Grandfather and Grandmother Bear celebrated 50 years of marriage with a golden anniversary party at Mother and Father Bear's house. Attendants included Grandmother Bear, Grandfather Bear, Mother Bear, Father Bear, Little Bear, Emily, Owl, Cat, Duck, Hen, Moose, Raccoon, two skunks, and two squirrels.
In the segment "Winter Solstice", Grandfather and Grandmother Bear went to Mother and Father Bear's house to celebrate the winter solstice. While having snow fun outside, Grandfather Bear got into a snowball fight with Granny, Little Bear, Emily, Owl, Hen, Duck, Cat, and Tutu.
In the segment "Little Bear's Sweet Tooth", Grandfather and Grandmother Bear celebrated Harvest Day at the Harvest Day Picnic, along with Mother Bear, Father Bear, Little Bear, Emily, Duck, Cat, Hen, Owl, Mitzi, Granny, Tutu, and Moose.
While at the picnic, Grandfather Bear was a contestant in the sack race. In the race, Cat and Emily tied for first place, Mitzi was disqualified for swinging through the trees, Owl tried to stop Mitzi and never reached the finish line, Duck fell over and got up facing the wrong direction, Little Bear turned back to go to have more sweets, and Hen fell early in the race. This means that Grandfather Bear likely came in second place.
Later, Grandfather Bear participated in a game of musical chairs along with Duck, Grandmother Bear, Mother Bear, Father Bear, Hen, Mitzi, Tutu, Cat, Owl, Little Bear, and Emily, with Granny operating the record player. The first one out was Little Bear. The next five to go (in an unknown order) were Grandfather Bear, Grandmother Bear, Hen, Mitzi, and Owl. And the final five to go (again in an unknown order) were Duck, Mother Bear, Father Bear, Cat, and Emily, leaving Tutu as the champion.
In the segment "Dance Steps", Mother Bear, Father Bear, Little Bear, Granny, Tutu, Emily, Lucy, Cat, Duck, Hen, Owl, and Mitzi, all visited Grandfather and Grandmother Bear at their house in the woods to celebrate New Year's Eve. However, Mother Bear, Father Bear, Granny, Grandfather Bear, and Grandmother Bear, all fell asleep before midnight.
In the segment "Little Bear and the Ice Boat", Little Bear and Grandfather Bear designed and built an iceboat so Grandfather Bear could go sailing on his birthday, a wish he had had for many years prior.
In the segment "Detective Little Bear", Grandfather Bear found that his pocket watch was missing. Little Bear discovered that had been stolen by a goblin. They then found the goblin's home and asked for the pocket watch back. When they returned to Grandmother's house for lunch, they discovered that the pocket watch was in a loaf of bread.
In the segment "Pied Piper Little Bear", Grandfather Bear, while teaching Little Bear how to play the flute, discovered that there were mice in his attic. Little Bear then used his flute to bring the mice marching out of the attic and into the woods.
Friends and family
- Mother Bear (daughter)
- Little Bear (grandson)
- Grandmother Bear (wife)
- Father Bear (son-in-law)
- Happy Ball
- Toy Train
- Toy Soldier
- To Grandmother's House (first appearance)
- Grandfather Bear
- Little Bear's Band
- The Goblin Story
- Not Tired
- Grandfather's Attic
- The Rain Dance Play
- The Camp Out
- Building a House for Emily
- Emily Returns
- Winter Solstice
- Out of Honey
- Little Bear's Sweet Tooth
- Dance Steps
- Big Bad Broom
- Little Bear and the Ice Boat
- Rainy Day Friends
- The Wedding
- Detective Little Bear
- Who Do I Look Like?
- Pied Piper Little Bear (final appearance)
- Grandfather Bear loves cookies.
- While camping, Grandfather Bear likes to sing an old song that goes:
- According to Grandfather Bear, if you sneeze when you're eating a cookie, it means there's a full moon outside.
- According to Grandfather Bear, if you see a shooting star, you blink three times, you clap your hands twice, and you make a wish, your wish will come true.
- According to Grandfather Bear, if you sing a song before you go to sleep, the moon will keep an eye on you all night.
- Grandfather Bear has a winter birthday.