The Little Bear Movie
|The Little Bear Movie|
|Directed by||Raymond Jafelice|
|Produced by||Maurice Sendak|
|Screenplay by||James Still|
|Story by||Else Holmelund Minarik|
|Based on||Little Bear|
by Else Holmelund Minarik
|Music by||Marc Jordan|
|Distributed by||Paramount Home Video (USA)|
Alliance Films (Canada)
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.
(3) The Little Bear (TV series) Instrumental
Release and response
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."
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