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  • Edited for Syndication: Much of the video releases of the specials (i.e. A Beary Bear Christmas) have scenes missing for reasons unknown. It seems to vary by release, it seems that these scenes were cut only on later batches of the video releases.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • Want A Beary Bear Christmas on DVD? Prepare to import it from the UKnote . Apparently the only release it's ever got in the US were VHS ones starting in 1997 through the early 2000s.
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    • The series in general got quite a few home media releases, but that doesn't mean all of the episodes were made available. In particular, the fourth and fifth seasons (a.k.a. the Woodland Valley episodes) never had any of their episodes released on home media at all.
  • Market-Based Title: The home video release of A Beary Bear Christmas was released in the UK as A Very Beary Christmas. In the US the release retained the same name as the special.
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  • Never Work with Children or Animals: When Bear went out to visit real children at their homes for Breakfast with Bear, their reactions ranged from delight, to saying no more than a few words, to hogging the spotlight and barely giving him time to talk.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: Peter Linz is joined by Jennifer Barnhart as a guest star in several episodes (most notably, Barnhart was Miss Maxwell- Tutter's teacher- at Mouse School. Linz is Tutter). These two performers would eventually reappear together in Between the Lions, Lomax The Hound Of Music and Sesame Street. Linz also worked with Noel MacNeal (Bear) in The Puzzle Place.
  • Screwed by the Network: When the series was cancelled, fans asked for more despite being a long running show with over a hundred episodes. However, with the fact that the crew's heart just wasn't in it anymore after the passing of Lynne Thigpen, Instead of giving the series another season, Disney created the ill-thought-out, No Export for You Spin-Off short series Breakfast With Bear, which was shortly after canceled without a reason. Breakfast With Bear was a more of a programming block than a program. The only character was Bear and there were also segments featuring real kids. These would be shown in-between airings of other Playhouse Disney programming.
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  • Short Run in Peru: As mentioned before, the final episodes of the show aired in various markets outside the US three years before it was finally aired in the US.
  • Talking to Himself: A number of characters shared puppeteers/voice actors. Tyler Bunch puppeteered/voiced the major characters Treelo, Pop and Doc Hogg. There was also Peter Linz, who pulled double duty on Tutter and Pip, as well as a number of guest characters. Meanwhile, Vicki Eibner, who performed Ojo, also puppeteered/voiced a number of other less prominent characters on the show. Due to the heavy use of song numbers on the program, this also often resulting in the same performer either singing to another of their characters, or sometimes even singing in harmony with one of them.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • According to this, the song "What If?" from A Berry Bear Christmas was written to end with Bear himself singing about wondering what would happen if there was no Big Blue House. This was vetoed by show creator Mitchell Kriegman as a bit too much, as Bear was the rock that viewers were to rely on. So having Tutter worry about this was as far as they could go.
    • Another interview with the cast reveals that Tutter was supposed to be female and given the name Mouse, and that Ojo was going to be a bear named Jojo, whose design and name were different. This is why the latter doesn't appear in the first few episodes, as her name and design were changed at the last minute.
    • In the original pilot, Pip and Pop were brown as opposed to purple and named Pummel and Pop, looking quite similar to another ferret-like puppet character from a 90's preschool show, Warloworth "Quite Handsome" Weasel. They were also performed by Joey Mazzarinonote  and David Rudmannote .
    • Yet another interview reveals that "And To All A Good Night" was supposed to be the Grand Finale for the series as they did not think it was going to be renewed, which is why everyone sings the Goodbye Song at the end, which would've made the show end at the standard 65-episode mark that most kids' shows had back then. However, the show wound up getting renewed because it was starting to become more popular among kids, resulting in a third season being produced.


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