This production toured across the United States and Canada and was released on DVD and VHS on April 1, 2003. It is also available with a collectible sticker set. The DVD includes sing-alongs for five of the songs. There aer also trailers for Stuart Little 2 and Kermit's Swamp Years as well as other Sony television VHS/DVD releases --- Jay Jay the Jet Plane, Dragon Tales, Maggie and the Ferocious Beast, Harold and the Purple Crayon and other Bear in the Big Blue House releases.
The production was filmed on location at the Toronto Centre For The Arts in Toronto, Canada.
Bear in the Big Blue House Live! Surprise Party includes two segments featuring real kids. The first one, in which kids talk about mail, is recycled from "What's in the Mail, Today?" The second one features kids talking about what they like about having a birthday party. Things include presents, staying up late and blowing out candles.
Bear in the Big Blue House Live! Surprise Party features numerous songs from the program. It features only two original songs, both using the tune of the song "Friends Forever." Tutter sings "Where Are My Friends?" towards the beginning of the program and everyone joins for "Birthday Wish Come True" at the end. Other songs in the program are "What's That Smell?," "Good Morning," "Welcome to the Blue House" (show theme), "That's My Name," What's in the Mail Today?," "Love is Incredible," "Let's Get It Together" ("It Takes Cooperation"), "Baby, Baby," "Otter Love," "What's Mine is Yours," "Happy, Happy Birthday," "The Bear Cha-Cha-Cha" and "The Goodbye Song."
Pip and Pop: (singing) We dressed the room up with our special touch
Bear and Treelo: We wrapped your present twice / You mean so much
Tutter: (spoken) Ah, you shouldn't have.
Pop: Decorations, cake, present, that's a party. Who's not here?
Bear: We need Tutter, the birthday mouse.
Kids: Oh, yeah. Let's surprise Tutter.
Shadow: You know, everyone has a birthday, but it's always wonderful to see how different everyone's birthdays are.
Bear: So you see, Treelo, a birthday party is a great chance to share. It's also a chance to be with your friends and play together. It's fun for everyone even if it isn't your birthday.
Treelo: Oh, and eat cake.
Bear: (chuckles) Yeah, cake. Everyone gets to eat cake.
Treelo: Treelo present. Mine, mine, mine!
Bear: We have to get this party ready before Tutter figures out what we're up to.
Bear: Yep, babies are one of the nicest things I can think of and birthdays are right up there too.
Tutter: (singing) A party by yourself is not much fun / Not even tea for two / Just cheese for one / Where are my friends?
Tutter: You know, a little surprise for a bear is a big, big surprise for a mouse.
Bear: Aah, I just love the smell of my friends.
Shayne: Now everyone knows that bears are really good sleepers, so it's gonna take a lot of noise to wake him up.
Shayne: My name is Shayne and I'm here to welcome you to Bear in the Big Blue House Live!