Halloween Costumes with the Berenstain Bears!

Are you having trouble coming up with a costume idea for your little ones? Takes some inspiration from the Berenstain Bears! Below we have costumes that have shown up in our books that could work for your cub’s trick or treating.

Berenstain Halloween Costumes Super Hero

In The Berenstain Bears are Superbears the bear cubs suit up in their own super-suits! Craft a super hero outfit perfect for your little one with some tights, unitard, and some felt masks and personalized symbols!

Berenstain Halloween Costumes Princess

Sister Bear dresses up as a princess in The Berenstain Bears Get Stage Fright and The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk! A pretty dress just needs a crown to top off this royal costume.

Berenstain Halloween Costumes Pirates

Arr Mateys! It is time to go and find the treasure, candy treasure! The Bear cubs use their imagination in The Berenstain Bears’ Pirate Adventure to conjure up some very authentic Pirate costumes. A peg leg may be impractical for trick-or-treating but every good pirate costume could use an eye patch like Honey Bear’s and a pirate hat.

Berenstain Halloween Costumes ghost

Nothing is easier than a homemade ghost costume! Papa Bear crafts one quickly to scare the Bear cubs in The Berenstain Bears and the Ghost in the Forest. Just cut some eye holes and in a sheet and voila! immediate costume.

Berenstain Halloween Costumes ballerina

Sister Bear dresses as a ballerina in The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat. Tights and a tutu complete this costume, and your little one can pirouette from house to house for treats!

Berenstain Halloween Costumes Fire Fighters

The whole family puts on fire fighter gear in The Berenstain Bears Visit the Firehouse! A plus side to this costume is that raincoat and firefighter hat make sure your cubs stay warm while out on a cool fall night!

We hope you have a wonderful Halloween and please share with us your cub’s Halloween costumes via our Instagram or Facebook!

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Drawing Inspiration for the Berenstain Bears

There have been over 350 Berenstain bear books published, and at Berenstain studios we often get the question “How do you keep coming up with book ideas?” Sometimes the answer is re-cycling! Before Stan & Jan created the Bear books, they worked for years creating “Sister” and “All in the Family” cartoons for Colliers, Good Housekeeping, and McCall’s magazines. Stan, Jan, and even Mike have consciously (and sometimes subconsciously) referenced these cartoons in subsequent Bear books. Sometimes the references are purely visual gags, other times a theme from a single panel cartoon is elaborated into an entire book. A good idea is worth revisiting, and two of our upcoming books – The Berenstain Bears Patience Please! and The Berenstain Bears and the Big Family Album are directly inspired a Stan & Jan early cartoon. Check out some parallels we have drawn below, and if you are interested in Stan & Jan’s early cartoon work it can be seen in  Child’s Play: The Cartoon Art of Stan & Jan Berenstain.

Drawing Inspiration - Messy RoomDrawing Inspiration - Bears' ChristmasDrawing Inspiration - Big Family AlbumDrawing Inspiration - Dinosaur BoneDrawing Inspiration - Go on a Ghost WalkDrawing Inspiration - House of MirrorsDrawing Inspiration - Moving DayDrawing Inspiration - No Girls AllowedDrawing Inspiration - Patience PleaseDrawing Inspiration - PicnicDrawing Inspiration - The TruthDrawing Inspiration - Trouble with MoneyDrawing Inspiration - Trouble with SchoolDrawing Inspiration - Visit Grizzlyland

Summer Vacation with the Berenstain Bears

Summer is here, and the Bear family is ready to go on Vacation! We have rounded up some of our Favorite Bear Summer Vacation stories for you and your cubs this summer. Nothing beats the heat like sitting in the shade with a great book!

Too Much Car Trip Title

This year’s family vacation is not what Brother and Sister Bear had in mind. Mama and Papa Bear are eager to explore the wonders of Bear Country, but the cubs would rather be anywhere but the backseat of the family car!

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Too Much Vacation Title

Papa, Mama, Brother, and Sister are heading to the Great Grizzly Mountains for a relaxing vacation. But a messy cabin, noisy animals, a swarm of mosquitos, and a rainstorm just might dampen all of their fun.

Too Much Vacation Image

 

 

Go On Vacation Title

It’s summer vacation, and the Berenstain Bears are off to the seashore for sun and fun. There is so much to do—swimming, fishing, building sand castles, browsing through the general store, eating delicious dinners at Gull Island Café, and visiting Gull Island Museum. Each glorious sunrise heralds a new adventure!

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Visit Grizzlyland Title

The Bear family, especially Papa, is ready to have a blast at the amusement park! They take a ton of photos and go on so many rides, even the roller coasters with the biggest drops. But with so much to do and so little time, will they make it on Papa’s favorite ride?

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Easter Reading

Easter is coming up quickly on April 1st. To celebrate we have collected all of our favorite Easter choices for you to read with your cubs this spring. Follow the links below each image to buy each book online, or find them at a bookstore or library near you. Also be sure to check out our original cartoon, “The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Surprise”!

Easter Suprise

The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Surprise

 

Easter Sunday

The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Sunday

 

Easter Parade

The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Parade

 

Easter Blessings

The Berenstain bears’ Easter Blessings

 

Real Easter Eggs

The Berenstain Bears and the Real Easter Eggs

 

Baby Easter Bunny

The Berenstain Bears’ Baby Easter Bunny

 

Easter Story

The Berenstain Bears and the Easter Story

 

Halloween Fun with the Berenstain Bears

Halloween is right around the corner and we have chosen our spookiest collection of Berenstain Bear books for you to get into the spirit. The Bear cubs go on ghost walks, brave a creepy forest, a spooky tree, and learn how to conquer their fears of the dark and shadows. Find these books online with the links provided, at your local book store, or library. Happy Reading & Happy Halloween!

Trick Or TreatThe Berenstain Bears Trick Or Treat

 

Spooky Old TreeThe Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Old Tree

 

Haunted HouseThe Berenstain Bears and the Haunted House

 

In the DarkThe Berenstain Bears In The Dark

 

Spooky ShadowsThe Berenstain Bears and the Spooky Shadows

 

Get the scarediesThe Berenstain Bears Get the Scaredies

 

Ghost WalkThe Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk

 

Bears In the NightBears in the Night

 

Ghost of the ForestThe Berenstain Bears and the Ghost of the Forest

 

 

 

Digitizing the Berenstain Bears

Many of our younger fans are familiar with our Television Series on PBS, but did you know the Bears have been on the small screen since 1979?

Here at Berenstain Studios we recently received all of our tape reels, beta-max tapes, DVDs, and VHS tapes of our TV Specials, and TV episodes from our 1985 Television series. These had previously been housed at an outside storage facility. This meant it was time to make some room in the archives!

Our studio archives house all of the original art from the Berenstain Bear books from the beginning as well as many of Stan & Jan’s comics from before the Bears. We also keep at least 5 copies of each of our books published, and now it is home to all of the original tape reels. Here’s a look at all of the space needed just for books:

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Below you can see all of the tapes, DVDs, Digital Beta-max tapes, as well as all of the 1″ tape reels. You may even recognize some of the VHS tapes from your own childhood.

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While this may not look too exciting, we at Berenstain Studios were looking forward to seeing some of the cartoons  – some of which have not aired on TV in over 30 years!

Many of the more familiar episodes from our 1985 series can be found online, as they are easily pirated from DVDs, but there were quite a few episodes that only existed on the 1″ reels. Here at the studios we mostly deal in writing and illustrating the books, so we do not have the equipment to see what condition the reels were in, or to digitize them. This task required an outside service to take what was on the reels and make it up-loadable for all to see. For these special episodes,  we ran into quite a few issues. Some were internationally formatted which required a more niche and not as universal equipment, while other reels were partially damaged, or improperly labeled.

Example Reel package and reel:

 

Through all this we are happy to say we were able to digitize each of the episodes from our 1985-87 Television Series on CBS as well as the 5 Television Specials that aired on NBC from 1979-1983. All of these are now available in full on our Youtube Channel, even what seemed to be our most elusive episode, “The Berenstain Bears and the Super Duper Bowl”!

you can watch all of the episodes on our Youtube Page, and find information on each episode and TV Special Below.  To Learn more about how the Berenstain Bears were first animated, check out our previous blog post: You Can’t Animate a Plaid Shirt.

NBC TV Specials

Title  Air Date
The Berenstain Bears’ Christmas Tree 12/2/1979
The Berenstain Bears Meet Bigpaw 11/20/1980
The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Surprise 4/14/1981
The Berenstain Bears’ Comic Valentine 2/13/1982
The Berenstain Bears Play Ball 5/6/1983

 

CBS TV Series

Episode Season Ep Air Date
The Messy Room 1 1 14-Sep-85
The Terrible Termite 1 2 9/21/1985
Go Fly A Kite 1 3 9/28/1985
The Trojan Pumpkin 1 4 10/5/1985
The Spooky Old Mansion 1 5 10/12/1985
The Fly Away Pizza 1 6 10/19/1985
The Giant Bat Cave 1 7 10/26/1985
The Wild Wild Honey 1 8 11/2/1985
The Neighborly Skunk 1 9 11/9/1985
The Missing Pumpkin 1 10 11/16/1985
Too Much Birthday 1 11 11/23/1985
To The Rescue 1 12 11/30/1985
The Soccer Star 1 13 12/7/1985
Shoot the Rapids 1 14 12/14/1985
The Knight to Remember 1 15 1/18/1986
The Superduper Bowl 1 16 1/25/1986
The Not So Buried Treasure 1 17 2/1/1986
The Condemned Backscratcher 1 18 2/8/1986
Kong For a Day 1 19 2/15/1986
Blaze a Trail 1 20 2/22/1986
No Girls Allowed 1 21 5/13/1986
The Missing Dinosaur Bone 1 22 5/13/1986
The Spookiest Pumpkin 1 23 5/13/1986
The Dancing Bees 1 24 5/20/1986
Learn About Strangers 1 25 5/27/1986
The Disappearing Honey 1 26 6/3/1986
In the Dark 2 1 9/13/1986
Ring the Bell 2 2 9/20/1986
Forget Their Manners 2 3 9/27/1986
The Wicked Weasel Spell 2 4 10/4/1986
The Truth 2 5 10/11/1986
Save the Bees 2 6 10/18/1986
Get in a Fight 2 7 10/25/1986
The Bigpaw Problem 2 8 11/1/1986
Get Stage Fright 2 9 11/8/1986
Go Bonkers Over Honkers 2 10 11/15/1986
The Great Honey Pipeline 2 11 11/22/1986
The Great Grizzly Comet 2 12 11/29/1986
The Sure-Fire Bait 2 13 12/6/1986
The Cat’s Meow 2 14 12/13/1986
The Trouble with Friends 2 15 12/20/1986
The Coughing Catfish 2 16 12/27/1986
The Substitute Teacher 2 17 1/3/1987
The Mystery Mansion 2 18 1/10/1987
Bust A Ghost 2 19 1/17/1987
The Ice Monster 2 20 1/24/1987
The Crystal Ball Caper 2 21 1/31/1987
The Raid on Fort Grizzly 2 22 2/7/1987
The Forbidden Cave 2 23 2/14/1987
The Hot Air Election 2 24 2/21/1987
Life With Papa 2 25 2/28/1987
Save the Farm 2 26 3/7/1987

Mother’s & Father’s Day Reading List

Mother’s Day is right around the corner and Father’s Day is not too far behind! Celebrate Mamas and Papas with a list of some of our favorites.

We Love Our Mom

The Berenstain Bears We Love Our Mom!

 

We Love Our Dad!

The Berenstain Bears We Love Our Dad!

 

Mother's Day Blessings

The Berenstain Bears Mother’s Day Blessings

 

Perfect Fishing Spot

The Berenstain Bears and the Perfect Fishing Spot

 

Mama's Day Suprise

The Berenstain Bears and the Mama’s Day Surprise

 

Papa's Day Suprise

The Berenstain Bears and the Papa’s Day Surprise

 

Love One Another

The Berenstain Bears Love One Another