Old Bear Stories was a BAFTA award and Oscar winning stop frame animation television series for children based on the Old Bear and Friends books by Jane Hissey. Jane Hissey also created the television series, starting it on 24 September 1993, and creating 3 seasons, which ended on 24 December 1997 with a double-length Christmas special. In all, 41 episodes were made. The series was produced by Ealing Animation and was originally broadcast in the United Kingdom on ITV. Episodes have subsequently been repeated on Channel 5 in the UK, and are also broadcast in the United States and other countries worldwide. The show also aired for a short time on the CBC morning children's block in Canada.
Old Bear: an elderly dusty teddy bear, he was put up in the attic when he reached an advanced age, but was rescued by the other toys. They now look up to him as a fearless, yet wise, leader.
Bramwell Brown: a wise old bear, often considered second to Old Bear. Likes to cook things for the other toys.
Duck: a gloomy toy duck who sometimes wishes he could fly. Doesn't like to get his feet wet.
Rabbit: an impulsive toy rabbit.
Little Bear: a small white bear who wears overly baggy red trousers. The youngest of the all the toys, as he is very much like a young child. Sometimes has some good ideas of what to do.
Jolly Tall: a toy giraffe who despite his height doesn't like heights - he says his head thinks it was high enough as it is. Jolly has an extra long scarf which Bramwell knitted.
Sailor: a toy sailor who enjoys sailing in his toy boat.
Zebra: a female toy zebra.
Hoot the Owl: a toy owl living in the loft. Originally had a nest made of a bunch of socks that didn't match, until Little Bear gave her an old bobble hat to use instead.
Ruff the Dog: a bouncy toy dog which resembles a Fox Terrier.
Dog: a toy black Scottish Terrier who likes to bury his rubber bones in some plant pots.
Camel: a toy camel who is almost as tall as Jolly Tall. Once tried to use Little Bear's trousers as hump warmers.
Cat: a toy cat who likes to nap in any place she finds.
Rabbit's cousin: female cousin of Rabbit, who occasionally stays with the toys. She wears a straw hat, and seems to like to cause mischief, and doesn't like cleaning.
The dolls: a family of 3 dolls (a father, a mother (Mrs. Doll) and a daughter) who live in a dolls' house in a corner of the play room.
- Old Bear
- Little Bear Lost
- There Were Five in a Bed
- Jolly Tall
- Little Bear's Trousers
- The Circus
- The Rainy Day
- The Fancy Dress Parade
- Little Bear's Big Race
- The Apple Tree
- The Winter Picnic
- Jolly Snow
- The Dolls' House Christmas Tree
- The Play
- The Boat Race
- Little Bear's Book
- The Birthday Band
- Hot and Spotty
- Ruff Follows His Nose
- Spring Clean
- Old Bear's Chair
- Market Day
- The Car
- The Jolly Dragon
- Rabbit & The Visitor
- Ruff & The Big Wheel
- The Birthday Camp
- Little Bear and the Christmas Star
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