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The Bears experience a series of timely lessons that help them stay safe and happy while steering through the many adventures that life holds. Come enjoy as the Bear cubs learn how rewarding good manners can be, how to shine instead of worry and why strangers can be a good or a bad thing. It's always fun learning with the Berenstain Bears!

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  • Actors: Ron McLarty, Gabriela Glatzer, Jonathan Lewis, Pat Lysinger
  • Directors: Mordicai Gerstein
  • Writers: Jan Berenstain, Stan Berenstain
  • Producers: Buzz Potamkin, Gilbert Cates, Jere Jacob, Joseph Cates
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D7T6AE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,915 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Judy Tomlinson on December 9, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is a charming look at paying attention to the needs of others. Papa Bear is determined to find the "perfect" tree so he takes the kids up the mountain on his quest. Every "perfect" tree is the home to another animal, bird, etc. The bears pass each by to let the animals keep their home(s). In the end, the tree expedition is stopped by a storm and the bears return home without a tree at all. When they arrive, their house has been decorated by all the animals whose homes have been spared. A message of sharing that grown-ups and kids alike should see.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By microjoe TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 23, 2006
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This is an "Emmy Award" winning half hour TV special. This VHS tape of the special was released in 1979, and is my favorite of all the Berenstein videos. It is out of print now, and has not been released on DVD as of the date of this review.

In the story, it is Christmas time where the Bear family lives in a hollow tree, in a town of bears. The family wants to decorate a tree, with all their favorite decorations and star. It is time to get a tree before it is too late. Mom wants Poppa to get a tree down at Gus's lot, but Poppa Bear wants to go out and find a tree in the woods and take the little bears with him. Momma does not want them to, since a snow storm is moving in, but the bears trudge up the mountain anyway. They find several "perfect trees", but in each case they find that other animals live in these tree already. Some of the animals are scary and chase the bears away, some are tiny and afraid to lose their home. The bears have to decide what to do about this as the storm is coming soon.

Produced in Canada, the character animation is smooth and well done. Voice actors were good. The art designs and backgrounds fit right with the story, and the bear home and town are really cute. I found that the music is well done, and fits the period the film was released. Overall a very nice addition to our own holiday show collection - a feel good story for all ages. It is a bit hard to find now, but I highly recommend a copy. I bought mine used from a third party seller here at Amazon.com and am very happy with it.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Papa Bear on November 14, 2008
Format: DVD
This show was produced in 1979 and was the inspiration for the later book of the same name--not a "shoddy" adaptation from the book as suggested by another ill-informed and undiscriminating reviewer(the book is no longer in print). It is an example of the classic traditional hand-painted animation style of the era. To those familiar with and appreciative of this sytle it is a beautiful example of a virtually lost art in this age of digitally manufactured animation. I recommend it highly for those nostalgic for a little old-fashioned Christmas charm. The songs, by the way, are terrific.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 4, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
This animated Christams tale, tells the story of Papa Bear's quest to find the perfect Christmas tree. But, oh no! The one he finds is home to so many animals. Will he learn to share? This movie is warm and family-spirited. Great enjoyment!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Knight on January 8, 2012
Format: DVD
As a child of the 80s I spent probably too much time trying to track down the holiday 'classics' from my childhood. One of the few I was missing was the Bernstein Bears Christmas tree (which my mother taped off TV on BETA!). It was always a favorite of mine with the plastic pink '18-pointed' star, the snowbirds, Grizzly Gus' tree lot and Papa Bear's single minded vision of the perfect tree.

And this DVD is the complete, 80s-fantastic classic. (Don't be fooled by the 'newer' art on the cover) It's everything I remember. Also included are a few classic episodes (Trouble with Strangers, Forget their Manners, Stage Fright and Ice Monster (which I'd never seen)). All running, this DVD is about an hour long.

This is a great addition to your holiday classics...something your children (and you!) will enjoy over and over.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By JCC on September 15, 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you watched the Berenstain Bears Christmas special when you were young, you will not regret purchasing the DVD just for the dancing Christmas Tree song ("We Need! A Tree!") and to see Papa Bear get those "crazy eyes" again, then shed a tear when he looks in at the snowbird family's house (and yes, you will probably cry too). However, the quality of the DVD is not great. I have warm fuzzy memories of this classic, so that doesn't matter to me. But if you have no emotional attachment to Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister Bear, you might be disappointed with the quality.
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I always loved watching the Berenstain Bears' Christmas tree special on video in childhood, and I still love it just as much. I think a lot of the appeal of the Berenstain Bears cartoons for me is the corniness of the characterizations--Papa the clown who's clumsy and out of touch with reality, Mama the practical disciplinarian with a mellifluous voice and who always has answers, Brother the regular boy, Sister the regular girl. I find their voices, faces, and activities simply hilarious--I'm not sure whether I think they're dumb, truly appealing, or both. The voices of Papa Bear and some characters outside of the family are really funny. Reading the books didn't make me laugh, but watching the cartoons does!

The 25-minute Christmas tree special from 1979, which is the highlight of this DVD, is funny especially when Papa Bear goes crazy as he's looking for the biggest Christmas tree he can find, heedless of the snowy weather and creatures who don't like their trees axed down. Papa Bear's change of heart, realizing that what he calls "Christmas trees" are homes to other creatures, is unforgettable and contains a suspenseful buildup. I hadn't seen the Christmas tree special in probably 15 years, and I remembered Papa Bear's song and that turning point really well. Probably because of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", the Christmas tree special is done in rhyme. This DVD also has four 10-minute episodes from the 1980s TV show.
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