Bear in the Big Blue House

Common Sense Media says

Cooperate and share with Bear! Great for kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Bear and his friends cooperate with each other as they solve problems and share discoveries.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a sweet, engaging show for younger preschoolers. The star of the show is Bear, a gigantic brown bear character who sings, dances, and talks to his set of colorful, animal friends. In the end, a lesson is learned. Throughout the show, he checks in with viewers about the events happening and problems faced in each episode.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Each episode of BEAR IN THE BIG BLUE HOUSE opens with Bear singing the same welcome song. Then the other characters make their appearance, a very simple plot unravels, a lesson is learned (sprinkled with jokes, songs, and giggles), and the show winds down. In each episode, Bear acts a like a big brother to his friends Tutter the mouse, Ojo the smaller bear, Treelo the lemur, and Pip and Pop, two otters with insatiable appetites. The friends ask each other questions and responsively listen to one another, sing a few songs, and always share some laughs. Another show regular is Shadow, the giggling silhouette of a pony-tailed little girl, who's reminiscent of a Sesame Street puppet. She chats and sings with Bear and sometimes narrates her own short story using simple effects and other silhouetted characters.

Is it any good?

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It's no surprise that Bear and the other colorful puppets of Bear in the Big Blue House were created by Jim Henson Home Entertainment. Younger preschoolers will laugh, sing, and learn a bit more about working with others thanks to the soft, cuddly puppets' wacky personalities. This show is clearly for younger preschoolers who want to learn more about playing cooperatively with friends. Bear in the Big Blue House may lose its attraction for some older preschoolers who are less interested in its slow-moving plots, songs, and simple humor. This isn't the best show for kids who need action. Nonetheless, it's a great choice to help 3- and 4-year olds settle down and rest while learning more about friendship.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about cooperation. How do Bear and his friends work together? How can preschoolers cooperate with their friends? Why is this important?

TV details

Cast:Noel MacNeal, Peter Linz, Vicki Eibner
Network:Disney Channel
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship, Music and sing-along, Puppets
TV rating:TV-Y
Available on:DVD

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Teen, 15 years old Written byrebma97 June 1, 2012
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3
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A show for preschoolers

I remember this show when it was on Playhouse Disney. It's been awhile since I watched it, but I remember liking it. Bear is a nice and fun character for kids. There's no bad stuff (sex, violence, language) in this show since its for preschoolers.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 11 years old February 12, 2011
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2
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Great for little kids.

Loved this as a kid the bear and his friends are always really cooperavtive with each other.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byouarda April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Wonderful Show!

This is an outstanding show. All people involved in the production, especially the man (Noel MacNeal) who plays Bear, are tremendously talented. I love the everyday issues as well as the social issues the show chooses to deal with. For this parent, the treatment of these issues is the best. Never are kids talked down to, and even homelessness (the Christmas show) is not sugar-coated. The segment with Shadow is great for stimulating the imagination, and the closing of each episode with Bear and Luna is a great way to introduce little ones to contemplation and love for the night skies. I hear this show is no longer in current production. What a loss!

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