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Songs in this Episode: "Lucky Day, Ducky Today" and "Someone to Look Up to You"
There is one song in this episode --- "First Time For Everything."
There is one song in this episode --- "Step by Step."
Brad Garrett and Gilbert Gottfried voice the Possums in this episode and receive the coveted With credit. These two extremely popular comedians both regularly do animated voices and both, like Noel MacNael, appeared on Hollywood Squares. However, they appeared as themselves, while MacNeal appeared as Bear.
Captioning in both this episode and the second part, at least on the DVD version, misspells Doc Hogg's name as Doc Hog.
On the VHS version of this part of the special, the opening song "A Berry Bear Christmas" is not repeated. Additionally, a segment following the caroling in which Bear says the viewer smells like sugarplums and then discusses holiday traditions is removed. Bear discusses Tutter's special holiday tradition --- leaving a pair of shoes out to be filled with cheese. When this part of the special is aired on Playhouse Disney separate from the first part, the following is cut --- Jack tries to sneak away after the "Best Present Ever" song, but Bear convinces him to stay for the search for the winter berry. Additionally, the "Holiday" portion of the "Winter Berry / Holiday" reprise song is cut.
Once again, the dog in the Shadow Projects logo in the closing credits says "Happy holidays!" in Treelo's voice, but only on the TV version.
The dog in the Shadow Projects logo in the closing credits says "Happy holidays!" in Treelo's voice, but only on the TV version.
When this special is aired on Playhouse Disney over two days, the first Shadow segment is cut, as well as Bear hanging the reindeer wreath on the door and then hearing the kids arguing.
Holiday songs featured in this episode are "A Berry Bear Christmas," "Holiday for Everyone," "That's All I Want for Christmas," "It's Kwanzaa Time," "What If?" and "Just Listen." Almost all of the songs in this and the second part are available on the "Bear's Holiday Celebration" album.
Shadow twists the format of the Shadow segment in this episode. Instead of Bear searching for her, she searches for him and sings "Where Oh Where is Bear?"
A new character, Jack the old hound dog, is introduced in this episode. Jack will appear again from time-to-time in the show's fourth season.
This episode and the second part are available on VHS in the United States. The VHS features Hi-Fi sound and close-captioning, but is recorded in SLP mode. In the U.K., both parts are available on the DVD "A Very Beary Christmas."
The events of this episode are continued directly in "A Berry Bear Christmas (2)."
Strangely, this episode uses the version of the Goodbye Song from Season 2, even though this is a Season 3 episode.
Bear, Doc Hogg and Jeremiah Tortoise play Go Fish using cards featuring actual pictures of fish. Although the faces of the cards are never seen, the following fish are requested throughout the game --- trout, shark, salmon, seahorses and mud guppies. Additionally, Tutter suggests that Bear "go for the mackerel."
Bear hums the song "Wipeout" after suggesting to Ojo that she surf off to Dreamland.
"Shadow's Lullaby" is track 7 on the album More Songs from Jim Henson's Bear in the Big Blue House. "Next Stop Dreamland" is track 26 on the same album. Additionally, a short instrumental reprise of "Go to Bed, Sleepy Head" from Songs from Jim Henson's Bear in the Big Blue House can be heard towards the beginning of the episode.
This episode includes a brief segment in which real kids talk about their Thanksgivign traditions. Some of them go to their grandmas' place, while others' cousins come over to visit. Some of them get to set the table.
This episode features two songs --- "So Much to Be Thankful For" and "Thanksgiving With My Friends." They are tracks 18 and 19 on the album "Bear's Holiday Celebration" respectively. "So Much to Be Thankful For" is performed both solo by Bear and later on with everyone in the episode.