|A Berry Bear Christmas|
|Bear and his friends go out in the winter to search for the Winter Berry|
|Season 2, Episode 49 & 50|
|Air date||January 30, 1999|
|Written by||Mitchell Kriegman (and Created by)|
|Directed by|| Mitchell Kriegman (and Executive Producer)|
Dean Gordon (Associate Director)
|It's All About You||You Never Know|
In the first half special, the winter holidays find Bear and his friends planning a big celebration. They're all getting ready for Christmas, but also learn about Hanukkah and Kwanzaa. Bear also celebrates his favorite tradition, the finding of the winter berry.
As things start out, Pip and Pop have put together a reindeer wreath. Everyone wants to help out with the wreath, so Bear suggests they all add something of their own. Later, the group meets Santa Hogg and presents him with a large list of holiday wishes. Then there's a bit of an argument when Treelo wants to open everyone's presents and not just his own.
After hearing a howling noise, the group takes in an old hound named Jack with no home and invites him to stay at the Big Blue House for the holidays. This gets everyone thinking about the true meaning of the holidays.
The entire gang (now with Jack) goes out caroling.
As the kids settle down to try to figure out what to do about a Christmas present for Bear, Bear turns his attention to the finding of the winter berry. Jack overhears the kids' conversation and suggests making something.
In the Shadow segment, Shadow sings a song about a Hanukkah dreidel. She then wants to give Bear a present, but says there isn't much a shadow can give a bear. So she has him kneel down and she gives him a kiss.
Everyone enjoys their presents, but they worry that they've left out Jack. Jack helps them to see that they've already given him a gift -- a peaceful, happy holiday in a warm house with good friends. Later, the search for the winter berry proves fruitful for all.
Part 1 Edit
- A Berry Bear Christmas (Written by Peter Lurye)
- Welcome to the Big Blue House (Music and Lyrics by Bill Obrecht & Peter Lurye)
- A Holiday for Everyone (Written by Brian Woodbury)
- That's All I Want for Christmas (Written by David Yazbek and Peter Lurye)
- Where Oh Where Oh Where Is Bear? (Songs by Tyler Bunch)
- What If (There Was No Big Blue House) (Written by Peter Lurye)
- Just Listen (Written by Peter Lurye and Mitchell Kriegman)
Part 2 Edit
- Woodland Valley Carols (Written by Peter Lurye and Steve Charney)
- Legend of the Winter Berry and Holiday Reprise (Written by Peter Lurye and Brian Woodbury)
- Where Oh Where Oh Where Is Shadow? (Songs by Tyler Bunch)
- Best Present Ever (Written by Peter Lurye)
- The Goodbye Song (Music and Lyrics by Peter Lurye)
Video and DVD Release Edit
- A Berry Bear Christmas
Production Codes Edit
301 (season 3, episode 1, 81st episode overall)
302 (season 3, episode 2, 82nd episode overall)
Shadow's Appearances Edit
Part 1 Edit
Part 2 Edit
- Both parts of this special were adapted as the book Bear's Berry Christmas.
- Dave Goelz performed Jack in this double length episode.
- In "That's All I Want for Christmas," Pip and Pop ask Santa for "tons and tons of clams." It is revealed in the fourth season of the program that clams are a form of currency in Woodland Valley.
- The dog in the Shadow Projects logo in the closing credits says "Happy Holidays!" in Treelo's voice.
- Someone else's laugh is heard offset for the third time in another episode like in "The Way I Feel Today". No one probably gave myself a Christmas spirit, though.
- On the VHS version, the opening is not repeated. Additionally, a segment following the caroling in which Bear says the viewer smells like sugarplums and then discusses holiday traditions is removed, as well as Bear discussing Tutter's special holiday tradition -- leaving a pair of shoes out to be filled with cheese.
- Despite the fact that the song implies that the Winter Berry needs to be eaten in order for the wish to come true, the Winter Berry does not get eaten.
Uncut scenes usedEdit
- Shadow's camouflage gender is yellow instead of red. In another camouflage gender, it is blue like in "Morning Glory".
27 minutes, 25 seconds (Extended and uncut, part 1)
25 minutes, 19 seconds (Extended and uncut, part 2)
51 minutes, 15 seconds (Extended and uncut)
Bear's Senses of Smell Edit
Cookies (part 1)
Sugarplums (Part 2)
- On the VHS version, there are no closing credits shown. Instead, Bear says I'll join you when you return, Luna is shown setting and Ray rising; the show continues immediately to the next part.
- Doc Hogg refers to Fiddler on the Woof in this episode, a riff on Fiddler on the Roof.
- The dog in the Shadow Projects logo says "Happy Holidays!" in Treelo's voice during the end credits.
- The special was adapted as Bear's Berry Christmas, a storybook published in 2000.