Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Countdown to Christmas: The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas (1973)

This entry was originally published on my other blog, The Land of Whatever, on December 19, 2012:


Now, here's a holiday treat long forgotten, as it hasn't aired on cable in years.

DePatie-Freleng produced The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas for NBC in 1973, and assembled a star-laden cast for the 30-minute special. Tommy Smothers is the bear in the title, as Ted E. Bear, whose curiosity about Christmas has him postponing his hibernation for a while. The voice cast also includes Arte Johnson (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), Barbara Feldon (ex-Get Smart), and, as the narrator, in his first gig for DFE, radio & cartoon icon Casey Kasem.

Lionsgate now owns the rights to Bear, and have been seemingly reluctant to air it on TV for some reason. In fact, in order to get the complete special, you have to buy it, or rent it for at least 24 hours for $1.99, according to YouTube. As it is, Lionsgate's Video On Demand channel on YouTube provides this sample, encompassing the first 2 minutes or so, with a tag at the end urging you to buy the video in order to view it in its entirety.

Hey, it ain't my fault, pilgrims.

Rating: A.

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