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Your Thoughts: Final Bear in the Big Blue House Episodes

Discussion in 'Bear in the Big Blue House' started by Phillip, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    As was announced a couple weeks ago, the final eight Bear in the Big Blue House episodes will begin airing tomorrow Monday April 24 and continue through Friday April 28. Here is a rundown of the episodes and the days that each is airing.

    http://www.muppetcentral.com/news/2006/041406.shtml

    After you see the new episodes, post here and let us know what you thought. Since two episodes will be airing each day, please include the title of the episode in your description so that everyone can stay on the same page.
  2. maniacal muppet

    maniacal muppet Active Member

    Now does this mean that The Disney Channel won't be airing them anymore or that there won't be any new episodes?
  3. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Um... Me thinks it means no new episodes, though I could be wrong.

    To Clean Or Not To Clean...
    Flipped through it this morning, while watching Mike & Mike, my main morning viewing.
    Not a big fan of the episode dynamics... But I finally have some voices to go with the characters.
    Bear rully does sound wise, and reminds me of the good ol' Kermit, when he was the teacher persona back on Sesame Street.

    Like the relationship between Bear and Ojo, reminds me of Kermit and Robin... And I liked Luna, she sounded wisest of all.
  4. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Active Member

    I was just wondering about this. Final episodes as in EVER? Because, while I never got a chance to watch this show any, why would Diz buy rights to something and then close it down? I'm confused.
  5. Phillip

    Phillip Administrator Staff Member

    It means there won't be any new episodes of "Bear in the Big Blue House". For whatever the reason, Disney has not yet aired these eight episodes even though they were taped in 2002. Bear's fourth season was taped in 2002 before Disney bought the Muppet and Bear characters in February 2004. Lynne Thigpin (Luna) passed away on March 13, 2003. Reruns of "Bear in the Big Blue House" will hopefully continue to air for years to come.

    Disney is continuing to use Bear in new projects like "Breakfast with Bear" and new content for the Playhouse Disney website on-line.
  6. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks for the dates Phillip... Thought it was Lynn's voice still speaking as Luna. Twas a soft-spoken character, rully found myself liking her. Also kinda like Shadow's Irish accent, but I thought she was meant to be younger than she sounded.
    Maybe I'll catch the eps tomorrow and report more. We'll see.
  7. a_Mickey_Muppet

    a_Mickey_Muppet Well-Known Member

    if i re-call.... last year (may 2005) when we seen Playhouse Disney Live! Luna's voice sound diff also. :confused: :(
  8. rjace

    rjace New Member

    Bear and Big Blue house tour

    Does anyone know if there any plan to have Bear in the Big blue house go back on tour? I took my daughter a few years back and it was great. I'd like to take my son, but I don't know if there's no chance since they stopped taping new episodes.
  9. FlutterSnuggle

    FlutterSnuggle New Member

    "The View From You"/"To Clean Or Not To Clean"/"Great Ball Of Firefighters"

    "The View From You" - Tutter and the gang at mouse school have to come up with an art project expressing their point of view. Tutter thinks his point of view isn't exciting enough and wants to film "Mouse in Space" to really wow the class. It's a classic Tutter moment with him dressed in a snazzy director's outfit complete with bullhorn. The episode then shifts to Treelo, who creates a number of abstract paintings expressing her point of view. This inspires Tutter to go back to the basics and create a film showing how a small mouse sees a big world.

    A pretty good episode, with Tutter displaying a lot of personality. It's also nice to see Treelo featured. I would have like to see a Tutter-centered musical number, but I freely admit to a strong pro-Tutter bias. A decent episode overall.

    "To Clean Or Not To Clean" - In a nutshell, this episode is a pastiche of stock footage. The sole highlight is learning just how Bear supports himself and makes those mortgage payments on the Big Blue House -- he's a sales rep for Bearcraft Tools! While he's away on business, he leaves Lois in control, so to speak. It turns out that Lois isn't a very good housekeeper, and lets everyone play and not do chores. The house is a mess! [insert the obvious stock footage]. What would happen if no one took a bath? [insert the obvious stock footage]. And it's a good idea to brush your teeth! [insert the obvious stock footage].

    Although I am not a huge fan of the stock footage shows, heck, it's a new episode with new lead-ins to the stock clips. But overall, this is at heart a stock footage show.

    "Great Ball Of Firefighters" - As with many Season Four episodes, this one focuses on helping the community. The Firehouse is holding its first annual fund-raiser ball. Bear's in charge of refreshments (although thankfully, he turns out to have some help). Pip and Pop, supervised by Etta and Otto, stir bowls of punch and snacks while Bear goes to pick Tutter up from Mouse School. All the mice are doing a new dance, the Mumble Mambo (an inspired and catchy new dance set to the tune of the Grandma Mambo). The lyrics with the instructions for the steps are all mumbled, and poor Tutter can't follow along. All the mice look at him and ask why he isn't dancing and mumbling. Can it be that he doesn't know the newest mouse dance craze?!?! Tutter is thankful to escape outside when Bear calls his name. If he can't learn the Mumble Mambo, he's going to be washed up at Mouse School! Meanwhile, Ojo and Doc Hogg watch an old-fashioned musical. Ojo puts on her tiara and practices waltzing with Tutter. (Lesson: It can be hard to waltz with someone who is not roughly comparable in size). Bear, Ojo, and Tutter arrive at the ball, accompanied by their expectations. Ojo is crushed when the ball turns out to be a casual get-together at a barn instead of a fancy event. Her expectations have not been met. But Tutter's have, as the mice are all talking about the Mumble Mambo and he's the odd mouse out. They both begin to leave, but Bear sings a nice song about keeping an open mind, accompanied by Doc Hog on the banjo and Miss Maxwell on the drums. The song is set to a waltz beat, so Ojo and Tutter waltz. All the mice want to learn how, and Tutter and Ojo agree to teach them in exchange for Mumble Mambo lessons.

    A very satisfying episode, and IMO, the best of the three new episodes so far because of the nice character development, catchy songs, and good storyline.

    More reviews to follow! I for one am greatly enjoying new episode week.
  10. Mr.Penguin

    Mr.Penguin Member

    Yay! New Bear episodes! I always loved this show and I'm glad they made a few new ones.:cry: (That doesn't mean I'm sad it's just....y'know....Tutter.)
  11. Mistoffelees

    Mistoffelees Member

    Does anyone know the performers for Tutter's Mouse Friends?
  12. unclematt

    unclematt Active Member

    Does anybody think they will ever use Tutter the Mouse again? It is a shame to abandon such a great character.
  13. rjace

    rjace New Member

    Does anyone know if there are any Breakfast with Bear or even Bear in the Big Blue house tours scheduled?
  14. Frogster

    Frogster Active Member

    So did Bear get cancelled?
  15. treborgahkor

    treborgahkor New Member

    From what I can gather, "Bear In The Big Blue House" is DONE! Meaning, there will be no reruns, no toys and NO back episodes. Disney doesn't want them aired anymore so they can charge an arm and a leg to sell them on DVD. Sorry folks :(
  16. Beauregard

    Beauregard Well-Known Member

    Is there a reason behind this?

    Bea:zany:{Logical question...}regard
  17. The Count

    The Count Moderator Staff Member

    *In flat British tone: Exactly.

    The series is done, and it's a shame they're not airing it any more. Frankly, Bear in the Big Blue House would go perfectly with the other Muppet shows in the vault if Disney decided to put up a Muppets block on any of their family channels: Disney Channel, ABC Family, or Toon Disney.

    Kinda makes me want that KMUP station from Melissa's story Breaking Back In to be an actual network amidst all the others on TV.
  18. Franklin Heart

    Franklin Heart New Member

    If you want to see these characters they are featured every day at Playhouse Disney Live on stage at both Disney Land and Disney MGM studios.

    You can also catch bear in the parade at Disney MGM.
  19. Miladyelfn

    Miladyelfn New Member

    I so loved this show and especially tutter the mouse! To me it continued the sweetness and innocence that I sometimes feel the main Muppet characters have lost. Granted, it was also for really little kids.

    Milady
  20. bunsenhoneydew

    bunsenhoneydew New Member

    I first got to know Bear in the Big Blue House when I had children. I knew about the show before that but it was under my radar...so to speak. My two sons really love Bear and I love listening to his cozy warm voice. It's Mr. Rogers for our kids really isn't it? I live in Scotland where they are still showing Bear in the Big Blue House on Playhouse Disney, but I'll be taking a little cyber trip to the Playhouse site to see what they have to say, if anything. I love Tutter for his independence and strong sense of self...Ojo has those qualities as well and were both great role models for children. Is anyone else hearing the sound of a cash register?


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