October 20, 1997 – The Disney Channel Show Bear in the Big Blue House Premieres
“Howdy from the Big Bear! Want some fun? Here’s where! Just for you, all is new, in the house of blue!”
On October 20, 1997, the Disney Channel show Bear in the Big Blue House premiered. Produced by Jim Henson Productions in association with Disney, the show became a huge hit for the channel, running for five seasons with 118 episodes. The show centered around main character Bear, who lives in a big blue house in the middle of Woodland Valley with his friends Tutter the mouse, Pip and Pop the otters, Ojo the bear cub, Treelo the lemur, Shadow, Luna the Moon, and Ray the Sun. The show spawned several albums, merchandise, and even a live touring show. The characters were acquired by Disney when Disney bought the franchise, along with The Muppets, in 2004.