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The Little Bear Movie is a 2001 Canadian-American direct-to-video animated adventure film based upon the book series of the same name written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. It was co-produced by Nelvana and Wild Things Productions. The film was released on direct-to-video on August 7, 2001, in the United States and Canada. [8] [9]

Official description

Maurice Sendak's beloved Little Bear has captivated generations of children. Now the playful cub and his friends take their greatest adventure yet - in their first feature-length movie!

Little Bear and Father Bear go camping in the wilderness where Little Bear encounters all kinds of new sights and sounds: an eagle's flight, a wolf's howl... and a wild little bear named Cub fishing in a stream. Even though they're from different worlds, Little Bear and Cub become fast friends.

When Little Bear learns Cub was separated from his parents, he organizes a search party to find them. Joined by Duck, Cat, Owl, and Hen, Little Bear and Cub begin an unforgettable journey rich with wonder, delight and friendship.

Summary

Little Bear and Cub, just after they first met.

Little Bear and Father Bear go camping and meet a young bear named Cub. After tussling around in a stream with Little Bear, Cub chases after Little Moose. Then, Little Bear is met by Mountain Lion who attempts to kill Little Bear. Luckily, Cub comes back and saves Little Bear from getting eaten. After having breakfast, Father Bear, Little Bear, and Cub set off for Little Bear's house.

After returning home and having lunch, Cub meets Cat, Owl, Duck, and Hen. When Little Bear and his friends learn that Cub's parents got lost during a bad storm a long time ago, they decide to go on a search party to find Cub's parents. During the journey, they meet up with Moose, another friend of Little Bears.

Cub meeting Cat, Duck, and Owl.

Little Bear, Cub, and Duck get separated from Moose and the others. Luckily, they then run into Cub's best friends Poppy and Pete, two silly foxes who took care of Cub when he lost his parents. The next morning, they cross a canyon on the way back to the others. When they get to the Canyon, Mountain Lion spies on them and attempts to eat Duck, but Poppy and Pete save her.

Mountain Lion is scared off by Cub's parents. Cub and his parents are reunited and Little Bear is found by his family and friends. After saying goodbye to Cub, Little Bear heads home and on the way back to the house it starts snowing. The following spring, Little Moose, Poppy, and Pete visit Little Bear and his friends at his house.

Release and response

As of July 29, 2022, The Little Bear Movie has not been given a Tomatometer Score. Its Audience Score is 67%. [10]

Shawn Colvin, (performer) Marc Jordan, and Antony Vanderburgh (composers) were nominated for Best Original Song at the 2001 Video Premiere Awards for the song "Great Big World." [11]

Credits

Opening credits

A Nelvana Limited Production
Maurice Sendak's Little Bear
The Little Bear Movie
based upon the series of books written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak
STORY BY
Else Holmelund Minarik
SCREENPLAY BY
James Still
Raymond Jafelice
Nancy Barr
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS
Michael Hirsh
Patrick Loubert
Clive A. Smith
Maurice Sendak
John B. Carls
SUPERVISING PRODUCERS
Stephan Hodgins
Patricia R. Burns
Marianne Culbert
LINE PRODUCER
Tracy Leach
FEATURING
Kristin Fairlie as LITTLE BEAR
MUSIC BY
Lesley Barber
DIRECTOR
Raymond Jafelice

Closing credits

DIRECTOR
Raymond Jafelice
FEATURING THE VOICES OF
(in order of appearance)
Little Bear.....Kristin Fairlie
Father Bear....Dan Hennessey
Mother Bear...Janet-Laine Green
Little Moose...Max Morrow
Cub...........Kyle Fairlie
Mountain Lion..Wayne Best
Mother Moose..Catherine Disher
Cat............Andrew Sabiston
Duck..........Tracy Ryan
Owl...........Amos Crawley
Cub's Mother..Alison Sealy Smith
Cub's Father...Maurice Dean Wint
Moose.........Ray Landry
Poppy.........Cole Caplan
Pete..........Asa Perlman
"Great Big World"
Composed by Marc Jordan
and Anthony Vanderberg
Performed by Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin appears courtesy of
Columbia Records
"Everybody Wants To Paint My Picture"
Composed by Marc Jordan
and Anthony Vanderberg
Performed by Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin appears courtesy of
Columbia Records
Music for songs inspired by
the underscore of Lesley Barber
ASSISTANT DIRECTORS
Ted Collyer
Cynthia Ward
STORYBOARD ARTISTS
Charles E. Bastien
Patricia Lewis-MacDougall
Ted Collyer
Annelies Davis
Cynthia Ward
Dan Poitras
Frank Ramirez
Raymond Jafelice
STORYBOARD CLEAN-UP ARTISTS
Maureen Shelleau
Trevor Hierons
STORYBOARD CO-ORDINATOR
Jason Cooke
DESIGN SUPERVISORS
Will Makra
Cynthia Ward
DESIGNERS
Mike Brooks
Dale Desrochers
Leif Norheim
Mark Koren
Neil McNeil
Alex Naussbaum
Michelle Houston
Jan Tillcock
F/X DESIGN
Raymond Pang
LAYOUT SUPERVISOR
Ted Collyer
LAYOUT ARTISTS
Scott Bennett
Joe Gosselin
Sean Jeffries
Kevin Klis
Ed Lee
Brad Markewitz
Jim Nakashima
Dan Poitras
Dinah Postma
Brian Poehlman
Frank Ramirez
Terry Rotsaert
Joanne Rice
Genni Shelby
Ron Wilson
Winky Wong
LAYOUT CO-ORDINATOR
Christina Helmer
POSING SUPERVISOR
Cynthia Ward
POSING ARTISTS
Sean Branigan
Lee Cadieux
Lynne Riest
Mark Koren
Lisa Luxton
Joanne Rice
Wendy Parkin
Michelle Houston
Maureen Shelleau
Jan Tillcock
BACKGROUND ARTIST
Mei Tsao
COLOR STYLIST
Nassrin Monem
ANIMATION SUPERVISORS
Kevin Currie
Maureen Shelleau
CASTING DIRECTOR
Karen Goora
VOICE DIRECTOR
Dan Hennessey
CASTING ADMINISTRATORS
Dee Shipley
Karyn Tester
CASTING CO-ORDINATOR
Christine Geddes
RECORDING ASSISTANTS
Kerry Bones
Edmond Chan
Carrie Justason
PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
Ruta Cube
PRODUCTION MANAGER
Hugh Neilson
PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR
Amedeo De Palma
PRODUCTION ASSISTANTS
Genna Du Plessis
Dan Mokriy
SCRIPT CO-ORDINATORS
Karen Moonah
Alice Prodanou
DIRECTOR'S NOTES
Dave Cox
LIP SYNC
Cathy Parkes
DIRECTOR OF POST PRODUCTION
Rob Kirkpatrick
GENERAL MANAGER OF POST PRODUCTION
Joe Scrivo
POST PRODUCTION MANAGER
Tracy Grant
POST PRODUCTION ADMINISTRATOR
Ann McGuire
POST PRODUCTION CO-ORDINATOR
Brian Marsh
MUSIC PRODUCER
Stephan Hudecki
MUSIC EDITOR
David W. Shaw
MUSIC ASSISTANTS
Amy Fritz
Helena Werren
PICTURE EDITOR
Mark Sanders
ONLINE EDITOR
Brian Karn
VIDEO CONFORM
Doug Appeldoorn
Brad Wall
COLORIST
Colin Moore
AUDIO SUPERVISOR
Scott Murdoch
DIALOGUE EDITOR
David W. Shaw
SOUND EFFECTS EDITOR
Scott Murdoch
RE-RECORDING ENGINEER
Ric Jurgens
PRE-PRODUCTION SUPERVISOR
Liza Vespi
TECHNICAL LEAD PRE-PRODUCTION
Henry Watkins
LEICA EDITING
Darrell MacDonald
Mark Sanders
PRE-PRODUCTION EDITING
Terry Carter
Ken Hurlbut
Kent Theaker
Jeff Howard
Steve Keeping
Geoff Walton
SCANNING AND PRINTING
Jason Abrahams
Voltaire Aquino
DIALOGUE RECORDING ENGINEERS
Mark Baldi
Sal Grimaldi
ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION FACILITIES
Crunch Recording Group Inc.
Dome Audio And Video Effects
Hanho Heung-Up Co. Ltd.
McClear Digital
Magnet North
Mercury Filmworks
BUSINESS AND LEGAL AFFAIRS
Suzanne Cross
Carrie Dumont
A Nelvana Limited Production
in association with
Wild Things Productions, Inc.
and with the assistance of
The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit
©2000 Nelvana Limited.
All Rights Reserved.
Nelvana is a trade-mark of Nelvana Limited.
All Rights Reserved.
presented in
Dolby Surround
NELVANA
A Corus™ Entertainment Inc. Company

Uncredited

The following is a list of individuals who may have been involved in the creation of The Little Bear Movie. [12]

FEATURING THE ADDITIONAL VOICES OF
(in probable order of appearance)
Greg Berg...Birds
Patrick Pinney...Birds
Debi Derryberry...Deer
Jack Angel...Eagle
Hen...Elizabeth Hanna
PRODUCTION MANAGER
Michael O'Brien
SENIOR ILLUSTRATOR
Steven Ahola
VISUAL EFFECTS SUPERVISOR
Kent McCormick

References

Little Bear's house; Little Bear (character); Father Bear; Pudding Hill (location); Mother Bear; Fisherman Bear; Moon; Wilderness (Wild country); Eagle; Little Moose; Cub; Mountain Lion; Mother Moose; Cub's Father; Cub's Mother; Space helment; Cat; Duck; Owl; Poppy; Pete; Hen; Owl's house; Moose; Cub's den

External links

Little Bear
Books: Little BearFather Bear Comes HomeLittle Bear's FriendLittle Bear's VisitA Kiss for Little BearLittle Bear and the Marco Polo
TV series: Little Bear
Film: The Little Bear Movie
Video games: Maurice Sendak's Little Bear: Toddler Discovery AdventuresMaurice Sendak's Little Bear: Preschool Thinking AdventuresMaurice Sendak's Little Bear: Kindergarten Thinking AdventuresMaurice Sendak's Little Bear: Rainy Day Activities
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