The Little Polar Bear

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The Little Polar Bear (German: Der kleine Eisbär) is a franchise about a polar bear cub named Lars who first starred in a number of books written by Dutch author, Hans de Beer.

It later became an animated TV series for BBC TV, Lars, der Kleine Eisbär, in the 1990s. The show proved to be popular in Germany, but its English-dubbed version (titled The Little Polar Bear) had also gained a cult following with UK viewers.

The show was later revived between 2001 and 2003. For its first film, subtitled Der Kinofilm, Warner Bros. and animation studio Rothkirch Cartoon Film bought the rights to adapt the children's books into a feature-length film, released in 2001.

Following the success of the feature, several direct-to-video features were released, one of the new characters included was a tiger cub. In 2005, another film, The Little Polar Bear 2 – The Mysterious Island (German: Der Kleine Eisbär 2: Die geheimnisvolle Insel) was released and also proved successful.

The score to The Little Polar Bear (1) was composed by Nigel Clarke & Michael Csanyi-Wills and recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London and was nominated for several awards.

Original BBC TV series adaptation[edit]

The Little Polar Bear
Genre Animation
Created by Hans de Beer (Novel)
Written by Birgit Quastenberg
Josef Schelle
Hans de Beer
Directed by Theo Kerp
Voices of Sue Sheridan
Jimmy Hibbert
Theme music composer Manfred Schoof
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) German
English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 25
Production
Executive producer(s) Siegmund Grewenig
Producer(s) Theresa Plummer Andrews
Running time 5-6 minutes
Production company(s) Rothkirch/Kringel Cartoon Films
Release
Original network BBC TV

In the mid-1990s there was a TV adaptation for the BBC, featuring the voice talents of Sue Sheridan and Jimmy Hibbert. The Animation of the series was by Sinan Gungor

Characters[edit]

  • Lars - the little polar bear, main character of the show
  • Frieda, Lars' mother
  • Mika, Lars' father
  • Lena - the Arctic hare,
  • Peeps - the snow goose,
  • Brownie Brown Bear,
  • Mummy Brown Bear, Brownie's mother
  • Daddy Brown Bear, Brownie's father
  • The seagull acrobites
  • Fussy Husky
  • Zoophoo (walrus)

Film only[edit]

  • Robby - a seal and Lars's best friend.
  • Greta - a female polar bear cub and Lars's love-interest.
  • Brutus - a grumpy, often villainous adult male bear.
  • Bert and Boris - Brutus's lackeys.
  • Caruso - a happy-go-lucky penguin.

Episodes[edit]

No. Cartoons Original airdate
1 "The Ice Floe" 1994 (1994)
Lars is carried across the sea on a drifting sheet of ice, until he reaches an island. There he makes friends with Hippo and is given a lift home by Orca.
2 "The Snow Storm" 1994 (1994)
While playing in the snow, Lars meets Lena. They both get trapped in a snow storm, but Lars manages to find his way home.
3 "The Egg" 1994 (1994)
Lars stumbles across a goose egg and warms it, till out hatches a gosling he names Peeps.
4 "The Polar Station" 1994 (1994)
Lars ventures into the Polar Station. Lena is almost caught by a man, but Lena and Lars make their escape back to the safety of their home.
5 "The Net" 1994 (1994)
While swimming, Lars is caught in a fish net and loaded onto a fishing freighter. He is met by the ship's cat Nemo, who helps him off the ship.
6 "The Trap" 1994 (1994)
In a game of hide n' seek, Lena and Peeps get caught in a cage trap. Lars manages to release them and take them to safety from the hunting dogs.
7 "The Mission" 1994 (1994)
Lars goes to the forest to get some honey medicine for his ill parents. Daddy Brown Bear provides the medicine and Brownie accompanies Lars back home.
8 "The Ice Cave" 1994 (1994)
While exploring Lars, Lena and Peeps plunge deep into an ice grotto. They make a hasty exit as the cave collapses and Orca takes them to safety.
9 "The Hunter" 1994 (1994)
Lars and Brownie are captured by a hunter. Lars releases himself and Brownie, then they release all the other captured animals, before making their way home.
10 "The Labyrinth" 1994 (1994)
Lena and Peeps are carried off into an ice labyrinth surrounded by thick fog. As Lars finds them, the fog disperses.
11 "The Weather Balloon" 1994 (1994)
As Lars examines a weather balloon, Peeps gets carried off in it. The seagulls save Peeps, while Lars recovers the seagull's bell clapper.
12 "The Boat" 1994 (1994)
Lena finds a deserted boat and with Lars and Peeps sails. Lars jumps overboard with the life belt and then saves Lena and Peeps from an iceberg.
13 "The Barrel" 1994 (1994)
On a journey to find fish, Lars comes across a wooden barrel full of dried herrings. Lena helps Lars to move it, to provide food for Daddy and Mummy Polar Bear.
14 "The Book" 1994 (1994)
More icy escapades with Lars the polar bear and his friends.
15 "The Honeycomb" 1994 (1994)
Brownie has returned and asks Lars to help obtain some honeycombs from a beehive (much to the bee's dismay).
16 "The Flower" 1994 (1994)
Lars stumbles across a rare flower and patiently waits for it to grow. Lena and Peeps help Lars protect the flower.
17 "The Teddy Bear" 1994 (1994)
In the icy land of the North Pole, Lars, Lena and Peeps come across a box, and a teddy bear
18 "The Sledge Dog" 1994 (1994)
A young husky named Fuzzy Husky and his sled gets stuck in a crevice and falls behind his troop, but Lars and his friends come to his aid and brings him back home.
18 "The White Bear" 1994 (1994)
Brownie reveals that he has younger twin siblings, who make fun of Lars at first, but when they all became targets for a hunter, Lars shows the twins that being white has its advantages.
19 "The Concert" 1994 (1994)
Lars discovers that he can use icicles as a makeshift xylophone, and with Lena and Peeps forms a band of them all.
20 "The Competition" 1994 (1994)
Lars meets a new polar bear cub who wears a scarf and tends to be rude, and is here to compete in a polar bear sport.
21 "The Camp Fire" 1994 (1994)
Lars goes camping with Brownie, but ends up causing a small wildfire. Luckily no damage was done.
22 "The Polar Night" 1994 (1994)
Lars follows his curiosity into the night, which leads him into adventures and helps him meet many new friends.
23 "The Prank" 1994 (1994)
The trio pull a prank on the three seagulls in the dead of night.
24 "Tummy Ache" 1994 (1994)
Lars is having stomach-problems and Peeps and Lena intend to take care of him until he got better.
25 "The Love Story" 1994 (1994)
Lars meets a female polar bear cub named Oxana and they fall in love... until Oxana and her family had to leave (but promises to return someday).

Film[edit]

The Little Polar Bear
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DVD cover
Directed by Piet De Rycker
Thilo Rothkirch
Produced by Willi Geike
Written by Piet De Rycker
Bert Schrickel
Thomas Wittenburg
Music by Nigel Clarke
Michael Csányi-Wills
Edited by Bettina Behrens
Nadia Hennrich
Production
company
Rothkirch Cartoon Film
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date
4 October 2001
Running time
77 minutes
Country Germany
Language German
English

This film was followed by five sequels:

  • The Little Polar Bear: Lars and the Little Tiger (2002)
  • The Little Polar Bear: The Dream of Flying (2003)
  • The Little Polar Bear: Nanouk's Rescue (2003)
  • The Little Polar Bear: A Visitor from the South Pole (2004)
  • The Little Polar Bear: The Mysterious Island (2005)

Voice cast[edit]

Character German Version English Version
Lars
  • Mijail Verona
  • Raffi (singing)
Wesley Singerman
Robby Maximilian Artajo Brianne Siddall
Kalle Jochen Busse
Nalle Mike Krüger
Palle Bernd Stelter
Mika Ingolf Lück Michael McConnohie
Manili Vanessa Petruo
Greta Jeanette Biedermann RuDee Sade
Caruso Dirk Bach Joe Ochman
Pieps Sandro Blümel Sandy Fox
Hippo Harry Rowohlt
Lena Adak Azdasht Kimberly J. Brown
Sopho / Sophocles Wolfgang Völz Ralph Votrian
Großmutter Barbara Adolph
Mutter Eisbär Anke Engelke
Lemmings
Seagulls / Möwe

Additional English Voices

Voices in Brazil

  • Cáio César ...Lars
  • Charles Emmanuel...Robby
  • Luísa Palomanes...Greta

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