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Bear in the Big Blue House - Storytelling with Bear (1997)

Noel MacNeal , Peter Linz , Jim Martin , Richard A. Fernandes  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Noel MacNeal, Peter Linz, Vicki Eibner, Tyler Bunch, Lynne Thigpen
  • Directors: Jim Martin, Richard A. Fernandes
  • Writers: Ajamu Walker, Andy Yerkes, Mitchell Kriegman
  • Producers: Erica Levin, Halle Stanford, Matt Laesch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2005
  • Run Time: 72 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007US7B2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,270 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Bear in the Big Blue House - Storytelling with Bear" on IMDb

Special Features

Four Sing-Along Songs

Editorial Reviews

Hit the books with Bear, Tutter, Pip & Pop, and more, in three adventures that teach your child about storytelling, encourage vocabulary skills, and promote kindness and sharing. It's prime time for rhymes when everyone settles into the Big Blue House for an afternoon of yarn spinning in "What's The Story?" Then learn how the right word makes all the difference in "Words, Words, Words," before joining Bear and the gang for the very first meting of Bear's Book Club in "Read My Book." When communication counts you can count on the fun in the Big Blue House!

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By PMK
Format:DVD
I've heard Bear compared to "Big Bird in a bear suit", but I find this an inaccurate description. Big Bird has a childlike quality to him, while Bear is more like a big brother or a teacher. As he gently guides his Woodland Valley friends to discover the joy of reading or the value of carefully chosing your words, he likewise teaches children important cognitive and social skills.

Bear directly address the audience as he goes through his day in the Big Blue House. My 4 month old giggles with delight as he "talks to her", explaining the lessons of the day. His voice is calming and friendly, and his language doesn't "talk down to children."

On this DVD alone, I have seen lessons on sharing, expressing your feelings, chosing words that do not hurt other's feelings, reading, vocabulary, story structure, different types of stories and ways to tell stories, types of books, use of imagination, and even confidence and how to overcome shyness. These lessons are woven through three eposides through the interaction of the supporting characters and clever and entertaining songs.

The songs on this DVD get stuck in your mind. Although the opening sequence is your typical "welcome kids" song, the ending sequence is a hummable, touching song between Bear and his friend, the moon Luna ("The Goodbye Song"). Other songs include the jazzy blues driven "Say The Words", a reoccuring song between Bear and Ray the Sun "Good Morning", a song that teaches story structure "Once Upon A Time", and a duet that supports imagination and the joys of reading "I Was Just Reading A Book."

The supporting cast play an important role, the "students" to Bear's wise advice. While they learn, so does the veiwer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bear in the Big Blue House on DVD September 22, 2005
Format:DVD
Recently, many of the old "Bear in the Big Blue House" video releases have been coming to DVD --- and I think that smells good!

There are three complete episodes of "Bear in the Big Blue House" on this DVD:

"What's the Story?"

A neat episode which Bear and his Big Blue House play host to the annual Woodland Valley Storytelling Competition. This episode contains a lot of interesting ideas about storytelling and has a lot to teach. This one has some fun humor in it too, involving some of the plots of the stories and in-jokes related to the characters.

"Words, Words, Words"

In this episode, Bear thinks about how important words are, and how sometimes, you just can't seem to find the right word for something. He also helps his friends in the Big Blue House to find their words to express their feelings. Harry the Duck (Harry: "Thank you, Mr. Bear." Bear: "You're welcome. And, oh, Harry, it's just Bear.") pays a visit in this episode.

"Read My Book"

Bear orders a new book for his Book of the Month club and ends up receiving a book about how to make slop! It turns out that he got Doc Hog's book, but now it's looking like he might not get the right book in time for the club. Our friends in the Big Blue House all suggest to Bear their favorite books for him to read at the club!

As far as special features go, the "Bear in the Big Blue House" DVDs are generally lacking, so it's a good thing that this is such a good show. The DVD has continuous play-through, "fast-play," which means that it can be used without having to access the menu. This is a standard feature found on most Disney DVDs and other children's releases these days. Naturally, there are promos/previews for other DVDs and movies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny! March 7, 2013
By meg
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My 2 yo loves Bear and asks for "house" almost daily. Love the interjection of a few different characters, but all center around the big blue house. 3 cute stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bear Dvd March 31, 2009
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This is beautiful! This dvd includes a wonderful song between bear and Ojo that will help dispell bedtime worries. If you are trying to create a peaceful bedtime routine and need a show to watch at bedtime with a glass of milk.......this is the one. We are big fans of bear and his moral values. Its a refreshing for my son to watch something that is encouraging and thoughtful. excellent product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful program for toddlers October 11, 2013
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Both of my twins love this show to pieces. I can't say enough good things about it. Anything that has to do with Jim Henson and the Muppets will always get 5 stars in my book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We love bear! December 11, 2012
By Shea
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We love bear and all his songs, wish he was still on. So glad I found some of the shows on DVD!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars words words words October 2, 2005
By Patty
Format:DVD
My 3 yr old son has quite a few "Bear" dvds and loves them all. I was unsure of this one because he doesn't sit for long stories but it's not like that at all. He asks to see "words please."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 7, 2014
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bear is smart!
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