The Berenstain Bears (2003 TV series)

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Not to be confused with The Berenstain Bears (1985 TV series).
The Berenstain Bears
Format Children's television series
Created by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Voices of Michael Cera
Tajja Isen
Camilla Scott
Benedict Campbell
Amanda Soha
Mike McCulkin
Corinne Conley
Gage Knox
Nikki Marshall
Mark Rendall
Opening theme "The Berenstain Bears" by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Country of origin Canada
United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 40 (81 shorts)
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Nelvana
AGOGO
PBS
Broadcast
Original channel PBS Kids
Treehouse TV
Original run January 6, 2002 (2002-01-06) – September 10, 2005 (2005-09-10)
Chronology
Preceded by The Berenstain Bears (1985 TV series)
External links
Website

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.

Synopsis[edit]

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.

Production[edit]

The show was produced by the Canadian animation company Nelvana for the PBS Kids Channel, and the Treehouse TV channel. Eighty 15 minute episodes were produced.

The show can currently be seen on YTV (2006-2007, 2009–present) in Canada, Sprout in the United States. The series was also seen on Treehouse TV (Canada) (2002-2009) (and often fluctuated between the two channels), Knowledge (British Columbia), Tiny Pop and KidsCo (UK), and OBS (South Korea).

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Family
  • Corinne Conley as Grizzly Gran
  • Mark McCulkin as Cousin Freddy
Friends
Citizens
  • Chris Wiggins as Squire Grizzly
  • Ellen-Ray Hennessy as Miss Grizzle

Country music singer-songwriter Lee Ann Womack sings the series' theme song, which was written by Stan Meissner.

Accolades[edit]

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

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