The Berenstain Bears (2003 TV series)

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Not to be confused with The Berenstain Bears (1985 TV series).
The Berenstain Bears
Genre Children's show
Comedy
Created by Stan and Jan Berenstain
Directed by Scott Glynn
Gary Hurst
Kervin Faria
Voices of Michael Cera
Michael D'Ascenzo
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
Executive producer(s) Stan and Jan Berenstain
Steven Ching
Scott Dyer
Michael Hirsh
Producer(s) Lan Lamon
Supervising producers:
Patricia R. Burns
Jocelyn Hamilton
Michelle Melanson
Cynthia Taylor
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Nelvana
AGOGO
PBS
Distributor Nelvana
PBS
Release
Original network PBS Kids
Treehouse TV
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release January 6, 2003 (2003-01-06) – September 28, 2004 (2004-09-28)
Chronology
Preceded by The Berenstain Bears (1985 TV series)
External links
Website

The Berenstain Bears is a 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, some of the later episodes were not based on any of the books. The series debuted on January 6, 2003 and ended on September 28, 2004.

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, 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[edit]

Friends[edit]

Citizens[edit]

  • 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

Episodes[edit]

  • = Overall episode number
  • Ep = Episode number by season

Season 1 (2003)[edit]

Ep Title Air date
1 1 "The Birthday Boy" 6 January 2003
2 2 "Too Much Junk Food" 7 January 2003
3 3 "Trouble with Pets" 8 January 2003
4 4 "Mama's New Job" 9 January 2003
5 5 "Lending a Helping Hand" 10 January 2003
6 6 "The Trouble with Grown ups" 13 January 2003
7 7 "Trouble at School" 14 January 2003
8 8 "Too Much TV" 15 January 2003
9 9 "Moving Day" 16 January 2003
10 10 "The Sitter" 17 January 2003
11 11 "The Excuse Note" 20 January 2003
12 12 "A Week at Grandma's" 21 January 2003
13 13 "Double Dare" 22 January 2003
14 14 "The Big Road Race" 23 January 2003
15 15 "The Jump Rope Contest" 24 January 2003
16 16 "The Slumber Party" 27 January 2003
17 17 "At the Giant Mall" 28 January 2003
18 18 "Go to School" 29 January 2003
19 19 "The Talent Show" 30 January 2003
20 20 "Too Much Vacation" 31 January 2003
21 21 "Papa's Pizza" 3 February 2003
22 22 "Visit the Dentist" 4 February 2003
23 23 "House of Mirrors" 5 February 2003
24 24 "Get the Gimmies" 7 February 2003
25 25 "Go to the Movies" 15 September 2003
26 26 "The Giddy Grandma" 16 September 2003
27 27 "In the Attic Treasure" 17 September 2003

Season 2 (2003)[edit]

Ep Title Air date
28 1 "The Bad Dream" 18 September 2003
29 2 "The Haunted Lighthouse" 19 September 2003
30 3 "Say Please and Thank You" 22 September 2003
31 4 "The Green Eyed Monster" 23 September 2003
32 5 "Trick or Treat" 24 September 2003
33 6 "The Baby Chipmunk" 25 September 2003
34 7 "The Hiccup Cure" 26 September 2003
35 8 "By the Seaside" 27 September 2003
36 9 "Go to Camp" 29 September 2003
37 10 "White Water Adventure" 30 September 2003
38 11 "Hug and Make up" 1 October 2003
39 12 "Out for the Team" 2 October 2003
40 13 "The In-Crowd" 3 October 2003
41 14 "Gotta Dance" 6 October 2003
42 15 "Big Bear, Small Bear" 7 October 2003
43 16 "Visit Fun Park" 8 October 2003
44 17 "The Bad Habit" 9 October 2003
45 18 "The Prize Pumpkin" 10 October 2003
46 19 "Draw It" 13 October 2003
47 20 "Lost in a Cave" 14 October 2003
48 21 "Trouble with Money" 15 October 2003
49 22 "A Wishing Star" 16 October 2003
50 23 "Go to the Doctor" 17 October 2003
51 24 "Count Their Blessings" 20 October 2003

Season 3 (2004)[edit]

Ep Title Air date
52 1 "Go to the Movies / Pet Show" 5 April 2004
53 2 "The Car Trip / Pick Up and Put Away" 6 April 2004
54 3 "Hug and Make Up / Big Road Race" 7 April 2004
55 4 "Gotta Dance / The Bad Dream" 8 April 2004
56 5 "White Water Adventure / Say Please and Thank You" 9 April 2004
57 6 "Showdown at Birder's Wood / Help Around the Workshop" 6 September 2004
58 7 "That Stump Must Go / Draw It" 7 September 2004
59 8 "Papa's Pizza / The Female Fullback" 8 September 2004
60 9 "Bears for All Seasons / Grow It" 9 September 2004
61 10 "Go Up and Down / Big Bear, Small Bear" 10 September 2004
62 11 "Too Much Vacation / The Trouble with Grown Ups" 28 September 2004

External links[edit]