Trivia: The Berenstain Bears

  • Accidentally Accurate: In one episode, the family explores a cave. Papa mentions that cave bears (presumably intended to be an ursine version of cave people) may have once lived in the cave. Cave bears actually existed.
  • Edited for Syndication: The 80s series got hit with this pretty badly when it was in reruns on UPN — the episodes were noticeably sped up and even with that, they were often edited down considerably for time.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!: in the 1985 series, Mama Bear was originally voiced by Laugh-In's Ruth Buzzi, Brother was Daniel Witwicky, Sister's the junior high Velma Dinkley and Ralph Ripoff was Frank Welker. In the 2003 series, Brother Bear was voiced by George Michael Bluth and Papa Bear was King K. Rool.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Neither adaptation has the complete run on DVD. There were a few releases, but they were randomly scattered five 11-minute segment volumes (two and a half episodes each). The 1985 series did get a few VHS releases, but they were exclusively episodes based on books (such as "The Messy Room" and "The Truth"). The entirety of the 2003 series can be found on YouTube at least.
  • Recursive Adaptation: Some episodes of the TV series were eventually turned into books themselves - twice. Some were rewritten as Berenstain Bear Scouts chapter books, which of course led to some Adaptation Expansion.