The Little Bear Movie
The Little Bear Movie is a 2001 Canadian direct-to-video animated adventure 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. It was produced by Nelvana Limited and Wild Things Productions. The film was released on direct-to-video on August 7, 2001 by Paramount Home Entertainment in the United States and Canada. It stars Kristin Fairlie as the voice of Little Bear and Kyle Fairlie as the voice of Cub.
Little Bear (Kristin Fairlie) and Father Bear (Dan Hennessy) go camping and they meet a new young bear named Cub (Kyle Fairlie). Then, Little Bear meets Trouble (Wayne Best), but Cub saves him before Trouble could eat Little Bear. They encounter Little Moose (Max Morrow), but he gets in trouble. Cub plays with Little Bear and his friends, Cat (Andrew Sabiston), Owl (Amos Crawley), Duck (Tracy Ryan), and Hen (Elizabeth Hanna). When they learn that Cub's parents got lost, they search for them. Little Bear, Cub, and Duck get separated from Moose (Ray Landry) and the others, but they encounter two silly foxes named Poppy and Pete (Cole Caplan and Asa Perlman). When they get to the Canyon, Trouble spies on them and attempts to eat Duck, but Poppy and Pete save Duck. Little Bear manages to defeat Trouble and find Cub's parents.
Why It Rocks
- It stays faithful to the show's original source. Especially the animation, which is brilliant. (as stated on #3)
- The acting is good. In fact, the same people behind the series (1995 - 2003) worked on this film. It even has all of the characters.
- The Fairlies did a wonderful job on Little Bear (Kristin) and Cub (Kyle). Cub however was not in the actual show, but a very nice addition to the casting.
- The animation is brilliant and is a major upgrade from the original series.
- In an unsurprising note, Nelvana has animated other good films including multiple Franklin films (except Thomas & Friends: Race for The Sodor Cup! and some of the bad films they done).
- The cub and his parents are likeable.
- The scene where Little Bear and Cub met is heart-warming.
- The dialogues are great.
- High quality standards that fit in perfectly just like the series.
- Wonderful sound effects put into the movie.
- Nice lip-synching, just like the actual show.
- Trouble was unlikeable throughout the movie. He almost had eaten Duck.
- The film feels rushed.
The Little Bear Movie was met with a 6.6/10 on IMDB.
- This was the second feature length movie (second to Blue's Clues: Blue's Big Musical!) to get a VHS release.
- It has also gotten a DVD release as well.
- This was the first Nick Jr-related VHS tape to never include the Nick Jr Kids Opening/Closing Bumpers (2000-2004).
- Kristin Fairlie, Little Bear's voice actress, would later play as Carly in Thomas & Friends: All Engines Go! and Thomas & Friends: Race for The Sodor Cup!
- This film never had a theatrical release, just like Blue's Big Musical Movie.