Bear in the Big Blue House
"Bear in the Big Blue House" is an American children's television series created by Mitchell Kriegman and produced by Jim Henson Television for Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney preschool television block. It also aired in the United Kingdom on Channel 5 as part of the Milkshake! block. Debuting on October 20, 1997, it aired its last episode on April 28, 2006.
Bear lives in the Big Blue House with his friends Ojo, Tutter, Treelo, Pip, Pop, and Shadow. He and his friends have many adventures together. Those normally include solving problems, sharing, cooperating with each other, and developing social/life skills.
Each episode opens with the welcome song. The other characters in the show then make their appearance, and the theme and plot of the show then comes to place. Throughout the episode, the theme (ex; "sleep", "doctors", "Thanksgiving") is learned about, and a lesson is learned at the end of the episode. Songs and jokes accompany the episode. Bear acts as a caregiver towards Ojo the red bear cub, Treelo the green and white lemur, Tutter the blue mouse, and Pip and Pop, who are two purple otters. The character "Shadow" narrates a segment with shadow puppets in each episode. Most of the segments are in song, while some are simply a short story relating to the episode's theme. At the end of the program, Bear then sings the goodbye song with Luna, the moon.
Why It's Welcome, Welcome, Welcome to the Big Blue House
- Likable characters, including the worrisome Tutter, the twins Pip and Pop, the imaginative Treelo, and the inquistive Ojo.
- Bear himself is very lovable and a good teacher/parental figure to Tutter, Pip, Pop, Treelo, and Ojo.
- The set for the Big Blue House itself looks very cool.
- The puppets look very well-made, especially Bear's full-body suit.
- Well-done puppetry and voice-acting, especially for 1997 standards.
- The soundtrack is excellent, including:
- The very catchy theme song.
- The bittersweet goodbye song at the end of every episode.
- The "Bear Cha Cha Cha".
- Lots of good lessons and morals for kids, such as overcoming fear.
- Each episode is based on a theme that is relatable to kids, like bravery, spending money, sleeping, restroom etiquette, volunteering, music, responsibility, sharing, Thanksgiving, doctors, and more.
- The series finale, This is Your Life, Bear, was a good send off to the series.
- The way the episodes are structured (cookie-cutter plots) might get repetitive to some viewers after a while.
- Treelo can sometimes be annoying, even unintelligible at times.
- "When You've Got to Go", despite being a great relatable episode that teaches kids the perks of using the restroom overuses toilet humor.
- Similarly, there’s an episode where Tutter has to babysit his baby cousin, Blotter and they have to change his diaper at some point. Although diaper changing is a natural part of life, it is something that should not be shown in this show as it’s not appropriate for the target audience, really young children.
- "Luna", the first name of the character "Luna the Moon", is actually "Moon" in Latin.
- On October 19, 2022, the series was finally added to Disney+ by popular demand.