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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."
This episode features two songs --- "It's Great To Be a Bear" and "Thank You, Bear."
This episode features three major songs --- "Come on In," "You Got to Let it Go," and "No Harm." "No Harm" was originally heard in a previous episode performed by Bear and Ojo, but this version is performed by Bear and Shadow, with the kids joining in at the end. Shadow also sings a brief song called "Shadow is Here" when she first shows up.
This episode features two songs --- "Come on In" and "Clean Up the Truck."
This episode features the songs "Come on In" and "Home Away from Home." Tutter sings the song to call for Shadow and all the mice join in for the third and fourth lines. Additionally, Shadow performs "Shadow's Lullaby," which is Track 7 on the album "More Songs from Bear in the Big Blue House."
Some of the experiences of Grandma Flutter's life include playing baseball (disguised with a moustache) for the River City Rodents, starting a women's baseball league, starring in the play Ain't Mouse Behavin', meeting the Dalai Llama (he spits) and being a steamboat captain.
This episode features one song --- "For All Your Days." Additionally, the ending of "Happy Happy Birthday" can be heard. Doc Hogg sings the song to call for Shadow instead of Bear.
There is no Shadow segment in this episode.
This episode features three songs --- "The Mumble Mambo," "Go With an Open Mind" and "The Firefighter's Cha-Cha-Cha," which is a send-up of "The Bear Cha-Cha-Cha" heard in many episodes. It features the same music and many of the same lines, but others are changed to be firefighter-related.
Harry and Mama Duck attend the Firefighter's Ball, although neither have any lines in this episode.
This episode features the same set of songs heard in "Woodland House Wonderful" --- "Clean Up the House," "Everybody in the Tub" and "Brush Brush Bree." It was also written by the same writer, P. Kevin Strader.
This episode appears in some online listings with a production number of 218. However, this does not make sense, given that this episode is part of the fourth season and there is already an existing episode with this production number. Therefore, the number is likely actually 418.
This episode features one song --- "It All Depends Upon Your Point of View."
The song in this episode, "It Takes All Kinds," is Track 4 on the album Playhouse Disney, Vol. 2.
In this episode, clams are used as the official Woodland Valley currency. However, in the third-season episode "The Yard Sale," dollars and cents were used.
Jeremiah Tortoise is the sole proprietor of the Woodland Valley General Store.
Two rabbit characters are introduced in this episode --- a little boy named Billy and his mother Bonnie. Their home was flooded in the storm that wrecked the library in "Welcome to Woodland Valley."
To make money, Ojo, Treelo and Tutter create a lemonade stand. Sales are slow, but they sell Bear cookies and lemonade for a total of four clams. The lemonade was made from salt instead of sugar and Bear gets a horrified look on his face after he gulps down an entire pitcher full. Pip and Pop make money by gathering clams, which they sell to Lois, who says that she'll make jewelry out of them. They receive two Woodland Valley clams for their sale.