thumb|202px|link=The Little Bear Movie is a 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, and produced by Nelvana Limited for Paramount Pictures. The film was released direct-to-video on August 7, 2001 by Paramount Home Video. It also marked the series finale.
The entire cast from the series all reprise their roles. They are joined by new characters voiced by Kyle Fairlie, Wayne Best, Max Morrow, Catherine Disher, Alison Sealy-Smith, Maurice Dean Wint, and Cole Caplan and Asa Perlman.
PlotLittle Bear (Kristin Fairlie) and Father Bear (Dan Hennessy) go out 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.
The Little Bear Movie never had its launched soundtrack. The film contains two pieces of unknown music and the instrumental soundtrack of the series.
(3) The Little Bear (TV series) Instrumental
- Kristin Fairlie - Little Bear
- Kyle Fairlie - Cub
- Wayne Best - Trouble
- Dan Hennessy - Father Bear
- Janet-Laine Green - Mother Bear
- Max Morrow - Little Moose
- Catherine Disher - Mother Moose
- Andrew Sabiston - Cat
- Amos Crawley - Owl
- Tracy Ryan - Duck
- Elizabeth Hanna - Hen
- Cole Caplan - Poppy
- Asa Perlman - Pete
- Ray Landry - Moose
- Maurice Dean Wint - Cub's Father
- Alison Sealy-Smith - Cub's Mother
- Noriko Hidaka - Little Bear
- Masako Nozawa - Cub
- Keiji Fujiwara - Trouble
- Toshiyuki Morikawa - Father Bear
- Kotono Mitsuishi - Mother Bear
- Daisuke Kishio - Little Moose
- Miyuki Sawashiro - Mother Moose
- Junko Hori - Cat
- Junko Minagawa - Owl
- Romi Park - Duck
- Fumiko Orikasa - Hen
- Yuko Mita - Poppy
- Masako Ebisu - Pete
- Unsho Ishizuka - Moose
- Ryusei Nakao - Cub's Father
- Ai Orikasa - Cub's Mother
Release and response
The film premiered on television and was released on DVD by Paramount Home Entertainment, having gotten a good number of sales. The movie obtained 100% (one critic) on the site Rotten Tomatoes.
Shawn Colvin (performer) and Marc Jordan/Antony Vanderburgh (composers) were nominated for a Video Premiere Award for the song "Great Big World."
- August 7, 2001