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The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas (1973)

While the rest of the world is getting ready for Christmas, all the bears in Bearbank are getting ready to sleep... except for Ted E. Bear. Ted gets curious about Christmas so he learns the meaning from Santa Claus himself.
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Santa Claus (voice) (as Robert Holt)
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Weather Bear (voice)
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Honey Bear (voice)
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Patti Bear (voice)
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While the rest of the world is getting ready for Christmas, all the bears in Bearbank are getting ready to sleep... except for Ted E. Bear. Ted gets curious about Christmas so he learns the meaning from Santa Claus himself.

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17 December 1973 (USA)  »

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Followed by The Great Bear Scare (1983) See more »

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Good King Wenceslas
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Written by John M. Neale and Thomas Helmore
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A delightful holiday special.
7 January 2006 | by (Syracuse, NY) – See all my reviews

I recorded this made-for-TV holiday special and later purchased the VHS video. As a bear collector, I enjoyed the animation in this story about a bear who searches for Christmas. The main character, Ted Edward Bear (Ted E. Bear), decides not to join his fellow Bear City community who are getting ready for their long hibernation. Instead, he sets out on a journey to find out if there is such a thing as Christmas music, lights and a fat human who goes down chimney's. Ted tries to buy a plane ticket to "Christmas" and soon learns that Christmas is not a destination. He sets out on a long walk, fighting to stay awake. He wonders into a big city and starts asking where he can find Christmas. Confused and frightened, he finds the big Christmas Tree with all its beautiful lights and hears some Christmas music. In delight, he gets into a store window and plays with all the animated toys. He wonders if this is what Christmas is. The toys tell him that he is close to it. They tell him if they don't get bought, they will not find Christmas. To his dismay, he gets locked in the store but accidentally gets out. He runs into Santa and tells him he's trying to find Christmas. Santa tells him Christmas isn't a place, or a thing, or even a time. It's something you carry around in your heart and something you give. Thinking he doesn't have anything to give, Santa tells Ted he has very much to give and helps him find the true meaning of Christmas.


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