The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas is an animated Christmas TV special. It premiered on NBC on December 17, 1973 in the United States. It was produced by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, executive producer Norman Sedawie, and starred the voices of Tommy Smothers, Arte Johnson and Barbara Feldon, with narration by Casey Kasem.
The story focuses on Theodore Edward Bear (Ted E. Bear for short) who is curious about Christmas and decides to go searching for it while the other bears hibernate for winter.
In the early 1980s a plush Ted E. Bear was sold in stores. A Halloween sequel, The Great Bear Scare, was released in October 1983. It later aired on the Disney Channel until the late 1990s.
Rights to the special are now owned by Lionsgate. It is available through the Lionsgate channel on YouTube and on the Netflix instant stream service.
- ^ Nina David, ed., TV Season 1974-75, Oryx Press, 1976.
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