The Berenstain Bears (1985 TV series)

1985 Australian-American TV series adaptation of the Berenstain Bears picture books

The Berenstain Bears is an American-Australian animated comedy television series based on Stan and Jan Berenstain's Berenstain Bears children's book series, produced by Southern Star Productions and Hanna-Barbera Australia.

It aired in the United States from September 14, 1985 until March 7, 1987 on CBS.

Season 1Edit

The Messy RoomEdit

[As Mama's footsteps are banging on the hallway floor, approaching the cubs' bedroom]
Sister Bear: What's that? An earthquake?
Brother Bear: Worse, it's Mama on the war path.

Brother Bear: Climbing the stairs.
Sister Bear: Stomping along the hall.
Brother Bear: Pounding on the door.
Brother Bear and Sister Bear: [in sing-songy voice] ♪ Come in. ♪

Mama Bear: THAT DOES IT! THAT DOES IT! NOW HEAR THIS! I WANT THIS ENTIRE ROOM! AND FOR STARTERS, I WANT THIS FLOOR PICKED UP! PICKED UP CLEAN...! AND I WANT IT DONE IN EXACTLY...! 15 SECONDS!
Brother Bear and Sister Bear: [told they are supposed to tidy up their messy bedroom in 15 seconds] 15 seconds?!
Mama Bear: [angrily leaves the bedroom and gives the cubs a chance to clean their bedroom; and her mark is "15 seconds" to clean it up] YOU HEARD ME, "15 SECONDS"!

[As Mama is in her rocking chair and reading a book, she is keeping track of the time after giving the cubs her 15 second mark to clean their bedroom before she shows up again]
Mama Bear: [sits in her rocking chair and reads a book] 15 seconds?! [looks at her watch, showing that it has passed] TIME'S UP! [zips out of her rocking chair]
[Mama's footsteps bang into the hallway floor again. She has the plan that some of Brother and Sister's favorite things are going in the trash if their bedroom is not cleaned up yet. Some of them might go in the trash or the throwaway box if the cubs have not yet cleaned it up]
Mama Bear: [as she marches through the hallway to the cubs's bedroom] (IF THEIR PIGSTY THOSE CUBS OF MINE CALL A ROOM IS NOT CLEAN YET, THEIR FAVORITE THINGS ARE ENDING UP IN THE TRASH!)
[She opens Brother and Sister's bedroom door, then Brother and Sister reveal the room cleaned and cheer.]
Brother Bear and Sister Bear: [saying "Ta-da" in a sing-songy voice] ♪TA-DA!♪

[At first sight, the floor may look clean. But it is not very long before Mama gets to the cubs's closet door.]
Mama Bear: And look? With the floor clean, you can actually open the...!
Brother Bear and Sister Bear: [as Mama tries to open the closet door] NO MAMA! DON'T OPEN THE...!
[It is now known that the cubs's moment of victory of their room being clean due to Mama's 15 second mark was short lived. Because when Mama opened the closet door, all of the cubs's toys fell out and the room reveals to become a mess again.]
Brother Bear and Sister Bear: CLOSET!
[Mama grits her teeth since she is covered up by the cubs's toys. Then she gets up and angrily marches out of the room. She goes down to the basement, gets out a giant box, and writes down the word "TRASH!" on it. Then she goes upstairs with it and sets it down onto the floor.]

Papa Bear: [seeing the mess in the cubs' bedroom that Mama made] QUIEEEEEEEET! Now, the mess has certainly built up in this room. In fact, it is the worst case of messy build-up I've ever seen. But now let's sit down and talk this over calmly.

Papa Bear: So you see, this messy room isn't fair. It isn't fair to your Mama and me. We have a lot of other things to take care of. But it isn't fair to you cubs, because you really can't have fun or relax in a room that's such a terrible mess.

The Terrible TermiteEdit

Terrible Termite: My friends call me the Terrible Termite... that is, if I had any friends...

Too Much BirthdayEdit

Mama Bear: [sighing; as she piles that season's pumpkins in a wheelbarrow] I do hope Papa is being careful. He's taking down that big tree today, and...
Papa Bear: [off-screen] TIM-BERRRRRRRRRRR!!!

Papa Bear: Oh, good. The ponies and the merry-go-round are here.
Mama Bear: The what?
Papa Bear: Oh, didn't I tell you? I rented ponies and a merry-go-round for the party. It just wouldn't be a party without ponies and a merry-go-round.

Sister Bear: Do we have them, Papa?
Papa Bear: Do we have what?
Sister Bear: Annual rings.
Papa Bear: [laughing] No, my dear. We have something better: birthdays and birthday parties. And it seems to me that you're going to be having a birthday (party) pretty soon.
Sister Bear: A (birthday) party? Am I going to have a birthday party? [dancing excitedly] A real birthday party with all the trimmings?
Papa Bear: I don't see why not.

Brother Bear: [as Sister pins the tail on the donkey just right] Terrific! Way to go! Yeah, Sister!
Sister Bear: [removing the blindfold] Oh goody, I won, I won!
Papa Bear: [presenting one of Sister's friends with a prize] Good work, sonny. Here's your prize.
Sister Bear: But Mama, I won fair and square.
Mama Bear: Of course you won, sweetie, but you can't get the prize because it's your (birthday) party. That wouldn't be polite.

Papa Bear: [as Sister is presented with her birthday cake] Okay gang, when I give the signal, Sister's gonna blow out the candles, then we're all gonna sing "Happy Birthday, Sister Bear". [to Sister] Okay sweetie, get set... BLOW!

Papa Bear, Brother Bear and Sister's friends: [singing to Sister a happy birthday song; a tune of "London Bridge Is Falling Down"] ♪ Happy birthday, Sister Bear, ♪
♪ Sister Bear, Sister Bear. ♪
♪ Happy birthday, Sister Bear. ♪
♪ We all love you! ♪
[But after Papa, Brother and Sister's friends sing "Happy Birthday, Sister Bear", Sister begins crying]
Mama Bear: Sweetie, what's the matter? It's your birthday. Why are you so upset?
Sister Bear: [crying] THAT IS NOT FAIR! [in between tears] I WAS THE FIRST ONE OUT IN MUSICAL CHAIRS, I DIDN'T GET MY DONKEY GAME PRIZE, AND I WAS BOUNCED ON THE PONY AND THE STICK IN THE MERRY GO ROUND! AND I DON'T WANT TO HAVE SIX CUBS! I WANTED TO HAVE THREE!
[Sister resumes crying as Mama hugs her]
Brother Bear: Gee, Sis, what about your presents? You haven't opened them yet.
Papa Bear: And cake and ice cream. You haven't had them yet, either.

Sister Bear: I want to thank you for my birthday party, Papa. You and Mama.
Papa Bear: Parties are exciting, sweetie, and presents are lovely, but your Mama is right. Getting to be six years old is pretty important. You're going to be six for a whole year, and it's up to you to make the most of it. To learn, to have fun, to grow in every way.

Papa Bear: [eating the last of Sister's birthday cake] You're absolutely right, Mama. [gulps] There is such a thing as too much birthday... and, too much birthday cake.
[Papa chuckles nervously. Then the cubs chuckle along with him]

No Girls AllowedEdit

Sister Bear: Hey, terrific! A secret clubhouse! Hot diggety! A new clubhouse! A new clubhouse!
[Sister does her victory dance when she sees the clubhouse until she hears the drawbridge close to reveal the sign for the finishing touch on its underside]
Sister Bear: NO GIRLS ALLOWED?!
Boy Cubs: [chorusing] THAT'S RIGHT! NO GIRLS ALLOWED!
[Brother and the other boys go into the clubhouse off-screen. Sister sees this and finds it unfair]
Sister Bear: It...! It isn't fair! It isn't fair! It just isn't...! FAIR!
[Sister says the final word, completed with tears in her eyes. Then she runs away crying, and to the treehouse and tearfully reports this to Mama and Papa about the boys not letting her into their clubhouse]
Papa Bear: [roars in frustration] YOU'RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT! IT ISN'T FAIR! IT IS IN FACT FAIR TO MAKE A TOTAL OUTRAGE! COME, MY DEAR! WE'RE GOING BACK THERE AND I'M MAKING THEM TAKE YOU INTO THEIR SILLY CLUB! AND IF THEY DON'T, I'M GOING TO SMASH THAT CLUBHOUSE LIMB FROM LIMB!
Sister Bear: RIGHT!
[After roaring in frustration, Papa grabs Sister by the hand and they head off from the treehouse and into the woods where the boys are building their clubhouse. He threatens to smash down the clubhouse into smithereens if the boys won't let Sister join in. Then he takes Sister by the hand and they both head off to the boys]
Mama Bear: [stopping Papa from leaving with Sister, then escorting Sister down the treehouse front steps] I don't think that's the answer. Those boys are bring unfair. Sometimes boys act that way, so do girls, but whoever does it is wrong. The important thing is not whether you're a boy or girl, but the sort of person you are. Be that as it may, you can't make cubs play with you.
Sister Bear: No, but you can smash it down limb from limb! Come on, Papa!
Mama Bear: Wouldn't it be a better idea to form your own club and build a secret clubhouse of your own?
Sister Bear: Could I?
Papa Bear: Why not? I'd be glad to help. Why, can build it in the old climbing tree!
Sister Bear: Terrific! The first thing we'll need is a big sign that says "No Boys Allowed".
Mama Bear: No, the first thing you need is members.

Learn About StrangersEdit

Mama Bear: Sister wasn't tattling, tattling is just to be mean, Sister told us what happened because she loves you and she was worried.
Brother Bear: You think that guy was a bad apple?
Mama Bear: Probably not.
Sister Bear: That's right, but you have to be careful, just in case.

Season 2Edit

In the DarkEdit

[During the night, Sister's fear of the dark causes disruption as the cubs' bedroom light keeps getting switched on and off...]
Sister Bear: Help!
[The lights go on]
Brother Bear: Can't sleep.
[The lights go off]
Sister Bear: Help!
[The lights go on again]
Brother Bear: Can't sleep.
[The lights go off again]
Sister Bear: Help!
[The lights go on yet again]
Brother Bear: Can't sleep!
[The lights go off yet again]
Sister Bear: Help!
[The lights go on]
Brother Bear: Can't sleep...

Sister Bear: I heard it! It went... [moaning like a ghost] ...ooooohhh, oooooohhhh, oooohhh!
Papa Bear: [looking down at Brother] Well, there better not be anymore "ooh ooh ooh", or else it's going to be followed by some "ow, ow, ow!"

Forget their MannersEdit

[Brother and Sister begin starting with the name calling]
Sister Bear: HEY! COME ON, SILLY HEAD! DIDN'T YOU HEAR MAMA?!
Brother Bear: I HEARD HER! STOP BEING SUCH A FUZZBRAIN!
Sister Bear: YOU NOODLEPUSS!
Brother Bear: LAY OFF, LITTLE MINI!

[In the dining room, Brother and Sister are tugging over one honey jar]
Brother Bear: GIMME THAT!
Sister Bear: I HAD IT... FIRST!
Brother Bear: STOP GRABBING!
Mama Bear: [enters the dining room and sees Brother and Sister fighting over a honey jar] FOR GOODNESS SAKE! WHERE ARE YOUR MANNERS?! There's plenty of honey for everyone (in the family).

Papa Bear: [interrupts] Your Mama, she is absolutely right!
Mama Bear: Thanks for your comment, Papa. But interrupting is number 6 on the rude chart. And the penalty is dusting the room.
[The chore for interrupting was "dusting the downstairs". That was number 6 on the chart. She hands Papa the feather duster. Instead of saying "Please" and "thank you", Papa tries to argue back.]
Papa Bear: [he is trying to argue with Mama even though he was interrupting and it indeed was number 6] But...!
Mama Bear: [to Papa when he did not say "Thank you for the duster"] You did not say, "Thank you for the duster". I am afraid that means after you are finished dusting (the room), you have to sweep the front steps (and that is penalty number 1). [leaves the living room]
[Papa starts dusting the table with a feather duster]
Sister Bear: [reading the chart] Rude noises, what does that mean?
Papa Bear: Oh you know, [blows raspberry]
Mama Bear: PENALTY NUMBER 7...!
Papa Bear: [names the penalty for the 7th rule; as shown on the "Bear Family Politeness Plan" rule list] WEED THE GARDEN!?
[So far, Papa has broken three rules. The first rule he broke was interrupting which was for number 6, the second he broke was not saying "Please" and "Thank you" when Mama handed him the duster and that was for number 1, and the third was making rude noises and that is for number 7. According to the rude chart, Papa has to dust the downstairs, sweep the front steps, and pull the weeds from the garden]
Brother Bear: This is serious. If we're not careful, we may end up doing all those chores (too).

Papa Bear: [after accidentally crashing the car] WHY THAT PINHEADED FIDDLEBRAIN!
Sister Bear: Papa...?! That's name calling! (And it's number 4 on the rude chart!)
Mama Bear: (Penalty number 4!) You know what the penalty for that is!
Papa Bear: The worst penalty of all! [names the penalty for the 4th rule; that is, if you were caught name calling] Cleaning our entire cellar!
[This becomes the fourth rule that Papa broke from the rude chart. It was "name calling" and it was number 4. Before that, early from the episode, he broke four rules. It was interrupting, forgetting a "Please" and "Thank you", and rude noises. The penalties for the other three was dusting the downstairs, sweeping the front steps, and pulling the weeds. Now he was caught name calling and the penalty is cleaning the entire cellar]
Driver: [angrily; to Papa after he accidentally bumped his car] YOU NO GOOD NINCOMPOOP! WHY I OUGHT TOO...!

The TruthEdit

[After Brother and Sister accidentally break Mama's best lamp]
Mockingbird: [to Brother and Sister] Well, I'm going to tell you what I'm going to do! I'm going to get the crap out of here! [flies away]

Papa Bear: [sees that Mama's best lamp is completely broken] HOLY CATFISH! WHAT HAPPENED TO MAMA'S BEST LAMP?!

Get in a FightEdit

Sister Bear: MY FEET ARE NOT DOPEY, GROUCHPUSS! AND THEY ARE NOT IN YOUR FACE!
Brother Bear: NOW HEAR THIS! GET YOUR DOPEY FACE OUT OF MY FACE!
Sister Bear: [still has her face in Brother's face] Oh yeah?! Well, you are the one who is dopey, Brother Bear!
[Sister zips out of her bunk fast and runs in front of Brother.]
Sister Bear: BECAUSE WHILE YOU SIT THERE LIKE A CLAUD, I AM GETTING INTO THE BATHROOM BEFORE YOU AND LOCKING THE DOOR!
[Sister runs off to the bathroom. After she gets into it before Brother, she locks the door behind him]

[As Sister is taking a long time washing up, brushing her teeth and combing her fur, she sings a song. It is her own version of the song "The Mulberry Bush"]
Sister Bear: ♪ This is the way we brush our teeth, ♪
♪ Brush our teeth, brush our teeth...! ♪
Brother Bear: [pauses banging on the bathroom door and in between outbursts, he listens to Sister singing, then notes and complains that she's singing] SHE'S SINGING!
Sister Bear: ♪ This is the way we brush our teeth, ♪
♪ So early in the morning. ♪
[Sister while brushing her teeth sings the same song The Mulberry Bush again.]
Sister Bear: ♪ This is the way we brush our teeth, ♪
♪ Brush our teeth, brush our teeth, ♪
♪ This is the way we brush our teeth, ♪
♪ So early in the morning. ♪

Sister Bear: Well, I like that. Some unauthorized person has been using my modeling clay.
[Sister squishes the dinosaur clay into a lump of clay, rolls it into a ball and hides her clay after Brother hid his toy trucks and planes so Sister would not reach them]
Brother Bear: Oh! It took me a week to make those! [goes to the jigsaw puzzle] What about my jigsaw puzzle that some little twerp has been putting together?
[Brother knocks down the puzzle pieces, everything tumbling down the floor]
Sister Bear: YOU NO-GOOD RAT! I'VE BEEN WORKING ON THAT PUZZLE FOR TWO WHOLE WEEKS!
Brother Bear: What about my clay dinosaurs?! I was working on that for a school project!
Sister Bear: OH, YEAH? WELL, MY CLAY IS MY CLAY AND YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO RIGHT!
Brother Bear: I have every right! You're always using my stuff: my skateboard, my hockey stick, my...!
Sister Bear: NEVER MIND ABOUT YOUR STUFF, YOU NO GOOD SWORD HEAD!
Brother Bear: You're the sword head, you little silly nit-wit!
Sister Bear: WHY, YOU OVERGROWN, YOU JUST SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT UP!
Brother Bear: WHAT?! WHAT?! WHAT?! WHAT?!
Papa Bear: WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON UP THERE? I WANT THAT SHOUTING STOPPED THIS INSTANT! UNDERSTAND?!
Sister Bear: IT'S ALL HIS FAULT! HE CALLED ME NAMES!
Brother Bear: ALL MY FAULT?! IT'S ALL HER FAULT?!
Papa Bear: [roars in frustration] I DON'T CARE WHO STARTED IT! I WANT THIS FIGHTING INTRIGUING STOPPED! STOPPED, YOU HEAR ME?!

The Trouble with FriendsEdit

Lizzie: SISTER'S MAD, AND I'M GLAD!
Sister Bear: LIZZIE-LIZZIE IN A TIZZY!
NOTE: This is the only appearance of Lizzie Bruin in the series.

Voice castEdit

  • Ruth Buzzi as Mama Bear, Gran, Teacher Jane, Officer Marguerite, Queen Nectar and the Additional voices.
  • Brian Cummings as Papa Q. Bear, Mayor Honeypot, Too-Tall, Bigpaw, Jake, Henchweasels and the Additional voices.
  • David Mendenhall as Brother Bear.
  • Christina Lange as Sister Bear.
  • Josh Rodine as Cousin Freddy.
  • Frank Welker as Raffish Ralph, Professor Actual Factual, Weasel McGreed, Gramps, Farmer Ben, Henchweasels, Snuff the Dog and the Additional voices.
  • Henry Corden, Linda Gary, Marissa Mendenhall, Marilyn Schreffler and John Stephenson as the Additional voices.

External linksEdit