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Bear in 2004

Discussion in 'Bear in the Big Blue House' started by beaker, Dec 23, 2003.

  1. McFraggle

    McFraggle Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I'm curious if they even made them.
  2. Princess Melora

    Princess Melora Active Member

    Bear is Back

    Hey guys,

    Just a note to say that while the deal with Henson and Disney went through in the spring, there were a lot of legal matters to finalize before going ahead with any Muppet and Bear projects. Now that everything is signed and all the ink has dried, projects for Bear will be going full-speed ahead. Projects on the table include the direct to video/DVDs, a Bear in the real world series, and other projects. Disney also really wants Bear to have more of a presence in the parks, especially for the world-wide Disneyland Anniversary Celebration this October.

    So onward and upward with Bear and friends!

    Princess M.
  3. McFraggle

    McFraggle Well-Known Member

    That sounds good. I seen where they had recently re-released some of the DVDs under their own BV banner that Columbia had already released.
  4. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

    Really, where? Disney store, wal mart??!! :excited: :halo:
  5. McFraggle

    McFraggle Well-Known Member

  6. KGJC

    KGJC Well-Known Member

    I wonder what will happen to Bear?
  7. Drtooth

    Drtooth Well-Known Member

    Specifically, do you mean what happens to the property of Bear, or the character of Bear (i.e in movies, DVD's, new shows etc.)?
  8. duderguy

    duderguy Member


    Thought i woudl share some of my tid bits of information to previous questions on this thread-

    1.Bear movie? YES as far as i have heard a script has indeed been written. but i doubt they will do anythign with it. just my opinion. Supposedly the bear show got alot of fan mail from middle aged type women that were stay at home moms or simply didint work. LOL. Supposedly these women saw bear as a sort of warm respectful, manly figure and its not too hard to imagaine- bear does have that sort of warm, comfy, protective feel to him. Kind of Like Dan Conner character from Rosanne. case in point he has the abilty to appeal to these older women, and its funny. Anyways i heard there is like a scene in supermarket where bear is shopping in the afternoon, and all of these ladies start coming up to him, and cooing over him.LOL. :flirt: i heard this through puppeteering on the FTFE tour of Bear, which has always kept a contact with several of the actuall performers on the TV show. They seemed to stop by the touring show once in a while which was nice.

    2. Its a shame both Bear tours are now in the can, although bear was losing live audiences in my opinion a great deal due to its cruddy too early time slot on TV. Its amazing how bear is SO huge over in the UK and many here have almost forgotten it even still exists still on television! bascially because its just not seen here as often, as it is in the UK.

    3.Disney theme park show? Yes I agree its a GREAT show. It;s well put together. I was able to spend some time in the puppet pit of the Orlando playhouse disney show last summer.

  9. McFraggle

    McFraggle Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that's one thing I'm still surprised about is that Disney hasn't scheduled a better time slot for Bear since the acquisition.
  10. Princess Melora

    Princess Melora Active Member


    Disney paid over 50 million to own Bear in the Big Blue House -- more than they paid for Kermit and friends, actually. Obviously, you don't pay out that kind of cash if you're not going to continue to grow the franchise.

    Disney is a huge company with many departments, egos, budgets and schedules. If things don't happen quickly, it's because of all the machinery. But things are happening for Bear and Co., never fear.

    Princess M.
  11. Luke

    Luke Well-Known Member

    Right on "Princess". I hope they commision the new TV series and also the greater presence in the parks will really help to give the franchise further increased popularity for many years to come. Henson did a great job working with Disney on BITBBH but i hope that with Disney in complete control they seize opportunities a bit more. Not just increasing Bears visibility in the states but as mentioned the UK has been left alone a bit by Henson. BITBBH is played everyday many times on many channels and has gained mass popularity but the merchandise is usually left to sell itself with a stand-in performer walking around a trade show nowadays if we're lucky. Bear really comes "alive" when Noel is doing an appearance on a live adult or kids shows and interacting with people. There was a great Children in Need appearance over here and i saw him with Regis in the states - i think they need to get him on a plane and do more of this kinda stuff. If the Bear gets more exposure to viewers of all ages rather than just being left as the show itself in a pre-school time slot it's going to really pay off for them when it comes to park goers wanting to see him live or with more "family" targetted DVD's or movies.
  12. McFraggle

    McFraggle Well-Known Member

    I agree completely Luke. :)
  13. duderguy

    duderguy Member

    Bear Franchise

    Well it most likely wont be franchised anymore on a live tour because Vee Corps contract wiht bear expires in a few short months. One of the sets has already been completly destroyed.

    Although i hear they are realsing a disney tour soon called "disney live" which for now just stars winnie the pooh and freinds but later may feature other characters such as, for instance bear in the big blue house.

  14. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member


    Say, you planning on doing any other VEE Corp productions? Or are those days over? BTW: I don't remember. Did you ever post a thread all about your experience all those months working with BITBBH Live show?

  15. astrogirl

    astrogirl New Member

    Fan from Tasmania

    Hey there everyone, I am a new user and just want to say what a fantastic show Bear is, my 1 1/2 year old son LOVES bear, some of his first words were "Bear" "Luna" and "tutter" I am trying to collect as much merchandise as I can as It isn't available here I have been using ebay.
    Down here we have only ever seen series 2 & 3 broadcast, I would love to see the first and fourth series, can someone do something about that?!!
    Anyway any more information about Bear is fantastic, keep up the good work!
  16. beaker

    beaker Well-Known Member

    So this should be changed to Bear in 2005...any news on Disney's plans to relaunch Bear into the bear light?
  17. flipsend

    flipsend Member


    In the UK (just to let you know) Bear is Big. Bear did at one point fade as far as merchandise goes in our disney stores, but him and the gang have been back pretty much when the new muppet merchandise arrived. The Live shows have done well at least where i live (near Brighton) and i think Bear is well known for its colour, music and characters. I personally love it :flirt: and have a few items of bear even though im way passed it but its so creative. If Disney put Bear in the big blue house on anyone of the non sky/cable channels in the UK i think it would get a bigger response and more viewers (Only the Disney Channel and Channel 5 have it on sky for us brits). Does anyone know if there will be a collaburation with any other jim henson or disney creations eg. Sesame street??
  18. McFraggle

    McFraggle Well-Known Member

    It's good to know Bear is big elsewhere. :)
  19. bigbirdfan

    bigbirdfan Well-Known Member

    oh my gosh :cry: :( i know that but i am :mad: at disney!!!!!!!
  20. McFraggle

    McFraggle Well-Known Member

    Why are you mad at Mickey? :confused:

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