The Berenstain Bears (2003 TV series)
|The Berenstain Bears|
|Format||Children's television series|
|Created by||Stan and Jan Berenstain|
|Voices of||Michael Cera
|Opening theme||"The Berenstain Bears" by Lee Ann Womack|
|Country of origin||Canada
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||40 (80 shorts)|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original channel||PBS Kids
|Original run||January 6, 2002– September 10, 2005|
|Preceded by||The Berenstain Bears (1985 TV series)|
|Followed by||The Bear Scouts (TV series)|
The Berenstain Bears is an Gemini Award- nominated animated television series based on the children's book series of the same name by Stan and Jan Berenstain. The series follows the lives of a family of anthropomorphic bears who learn a moral or safety-related lesson during the course of each episode.
Although most of the earlier episodes in the series were based on the book series, later episodes were not based on any of the books. The series debuted on January 6, 2002, along with George Shrinks and Seven Little Monsters and ended on September 10, 2005.
The series is set in a world populated solely by anthropomorphic bears and primarily centers around the Berenstain Bears, a family residing in the rural community of Bear Country consisting of Mama Bear, Papa Bear, Brother Bear, and Sister Bear. Albeit numerous episodes are based on the books and promote the same morals as encouraged in the picture books from which their plots originated, the program's faithfulness to the original series is slightly mixed on account of a number of later episodes follow original storylines. Nonetheless, they mostly portray the same environment depicted in the original Berenstain Bears storybooks quite accurately and concentrate on the messages and lessons learned by the family through their different experiences, such as gratitude and responsibility, as well as the daily lives of the bears.
The show can currently be seen on YTV (2006-2007, 2009–present) in Canada, PBS Kids Sprout in the United States. The series was also seen on Treehouse TV (Canada) (2003-2009) (and often fluctuated between the two channels), Knowledge (British Columbia), Tiny Pop and KidsCo (UK), and OBS (South Korea).
Cast and characters
- Michael Cera as Brother Bear
- Tajja Isen as Sister Bear
- Benedict Campbell as Papa Q. Bear
- Camilla Scott as Mama Bear
- Corinne Conley as Grizzly Gran
- Mike McCulkin as Cousin Freddy
- Amanda Soha as Lizzy Bruin
- Nikki Marshall as Queenie
- Mark Rendall as Ferdy Factual
- Gage Knox as Too-Tall
- James Eckhouse as Smirk
- Patrick Salvagna as Skuzz
Country music singer-songwriter Lee Ann Womack sings the series' theme song, which was written by Stan Meissner.
|Year||Award||Category||Recipients and nominees||Outcome|
|2004||Gemini Awards||Best Pre-School Program or Series||Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain, Michael Hirsh, Steven Ching, Scott Dyer||Nominated|
|Young Artist Awards||Best Performance in a Voice-Over Role - Young Actress||Tajja Isen||Nominated|