The Little Bear Movie

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The Little Bear Movie
The Little Bear Movie.jpg
DVD cover
Directed byRaymond Jafelice
Produced byMaurice Sendak
Screenplay byJames Still
Raymond Jafelice
Nancy Barr
Story byElse Holmelund Minarik
Based onLittle Bear
by Else Holmelund Minarik
Maurice Sendak
StarringKristin Fairlie
Kyle Fairlie
Amos Crawley
Tracy Ryan
Andrew Sabiston
Elizabeth Hanna
Wayne Best
Ray Landry
Janet-Laine Green
Dan Hennessey
Music byMarc Jordan
Antony Vanderberg
Lesley Barber
Distributed byParamount Home Video (USA)
Alliance Films (Canada)
Release date
  • August 7, 2001 (2001-08-07)[1]
Running time
75 minutes
United States

The Little Bear Movie is an animated film based on the television series Little Bear, which in turn is based on the book series of the same name which was written by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, and produced by Nelvana Limited for Paramount Pictures. The film was released on direct-to-video on August 7, 2001 by Paramount Home Video. It stars Kristin Fairlie as the voice of Little Bear.


The film begins when Little Bear and Father Bear go out camping and they meet another young bear named Cub and his friend Little Moose. Then Little Bear is met with Trouble, a villainous mountain lion, but luckily Cub saves him from getting eaten. Cub tries to get acquainted with Little Bear at his house then plays with Little Bear and his friends, Cat, Owl, Duck, and Hen. When they learn that Cub's parents got lost during a bad storm, they decide to go on a journey to search for them. A while later, Little Bear, Cub, and Duck get separated from Moose and the others. They soon encounter Cub's best friends Poppy and Pete two silly red foxes. When they get to the canyon, Trouble spies on them and tries to eat Duck, but Poppy and Pete save Duck's life. Little Bear manages to "defeat" Trouble and reunite Cub with his parents.


  • Little Bear (voiced by Kristin Fairlie) - A feisty and imaginative Grizzly Bear cub who is the protagonist of the film.
  • Cub (voiced by Kyle Fairlie) - A wild dark brown bear who lives in the Canadian wilderness with his parents. Unlike Little Bear, he walks mostly on all fours rather than upright, though he occasionally walks on two paws. He can sometimes be a bit mean, but he becomes a good friend of Little Bear.
  • Owl (voiced by Amos Crawley)
  • Duck (voiced by Tracy Ryan)
  • Cat (voiced by Andrew Sabiston)
  • Hen (voiced by Elizabeth Hanna)
  • Trouble (voiced by Wayne Best) - A mean, hungry mountain lion and the main antagonist of the film who aims to eat Little Bear, Cub and all of their friends.
  • Moose (voiced by Ray Landry)
  • Mother Bear (voiced by Janet Laine-Green)
  • Father Bear (voiced by Dan Hennessey)
  • Little Moose (voiced by Max Morrow) - A shy friend of Cub's.
  • Mother Moose (voiced by Catherine Disher) - Little Moose's mother.
  • Poppy and Pete (voiced by Cole Caplan and Asa Perlman) - Two playful red foxes that keep Cub company in the absence of his parents.
  • Cub's Father (voiced by Maurice Dean Wint) - A large male Brown bear
  • Cub's Mother (voiced by Alison Sealy Smith) - A female large Brown bear


The Little Bear Movie never had its launched soundtrack. The film contains two pieces of unknown music and the instrumental soundtrack of the series.

(1) Great Big World and (2) Everybody Wants To Paint My Picture:
Composed by: Marc Jordan and Antony Vanderberg
Performed by: Shawn Colvin

(3) The Little Bear (TV series) Instrumental

Release and response[edit]

The film was released on VHS and DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment. Shawn Colvin (performer) and Marc Jordan/Antony Vanderburgh (composers) were nominated for Best Original Song at the 2001 Video Premiere Awards for the song "Great Big World."[2]


  1. ^ "The Little Bear Movie". 7 August 2001. Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  2. ^ Scott Hettrick. "More than awards for vid nods". Variety. Retrieved 27 February 2015.

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