|The Little Bear Movie|
August 7, 2001
The Little Bear Movie is a 2001 Canadian animated film based on the Little Bear TV series (which in turn is based on the book series of the same name). Its story was written by the original author of the book series herself, Else Holmelund Minarik. The film was produced by Nelvana Limited, which also produced the show.
The cast from the TV series reprise their roles. They are joined by new characters voiced by Kyle Fairlie, Wayne Best, Max Morrow, Catherine Disher, Alison Sealy-Smith, Maurice Dean Wint, and Cole Caplan and Asa Perlman.
Little Bear (Kristin Fairlie) and Father Bear (Dan Hennessy) go camping and they meet a new young bear named Cub (Kyle Fairlie). Then, Little Bear meets Trouble (Wayne Best), but Cub saves him before Trouble could eat Little Bear. They encounter Little Moose (Max Morrow), but he gets in trouble. Cub plays with Little Bear and his friends, Cat (Andrew Sabiston), Owl (Amos Crawley), Duck (Tracy Ryan), and Hen (Elizabeth Hanna). When they learn that Cub's parents got lost, they search for them. Little Bear, Cub, and Duck get separated from Moose (Ray Landry) and the others, but they encounter two silly foxes named Poppy and Pete (Cole Caplan and Asa Perlman). When they get to the Canyon, Trouble spies on them and attempts to eat Duck, but Poppy and Pete save Duck. Little Bear manages to defeat Trouble and find Cub's parents.
The Little Bear Movie never had its launched soundtrack. The film contains two pieces of unknown music and the instrumental soundtrack of the series.
(1) Great Big World and (2) Everybody Wants To Paint My Picture:
Composed by: Marc Jordan and Anthony Vanderberg
Performed by: Shawn Colvin
(3) The Little Bear (TV series) Instrumental
- Kristin Fairlie - Little Bear
- Kyle Fairlie - Cub
- Amos Crawley - Owl
- Tracy Ryan - Duck
- Andrew Sabiston - Cat
- Elizabeth Hanna - Hen
- Wayne Best - Trouble
- Dan Hennessey - Father Bear
- Janet-Laine Green - Mother Bear
- Max Morrow - Little Moose
- Catherine Disher - Mother Moose
- Cole Caplan - Poppy
- Asa Perlman - Pete
- Ray Landry - Moose
- Maurice Dean Wint - Cub's Father
- Alison Sealy-Smith - Cub's Mother
Release and Response
The film premiered on television and was released on VHS and DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment, having gotten a good number of sales.
The movie didn’t get any ratings/reviews on the Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes yet, as of 2018. But the: Audiences rated this movie 66% as a Great and Not Bad movie, as of 2018.
Shawn Colvin (performer) and Marc Jordan/Antony Vanderburgh (composers) were nominated for a Video Premiere Award for the song "Great Big World."
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- Since this is a movie, there are no circle foregrounds at all during this movie.
- Weirdly, this movie does not feature Emily (and her doll Lucy). This makes Emily the only main character who is absent in the movie.
- Kyle Fairlie stars along with his sister Kristin, the voice of Little Bear. This is their second film in which they star in together, the first one being Babar: King of the Elephants.