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PERFORMER David Rudman
DEBUT 1991

Baby Bear in one of his earliest appearances on the street (Episode 2909).

Baby Bear with his best friend, Telly Monster.

Baby Bear in Elmo in Grouchland (puppet variant, with his eyes closer together).

Baby Bear and his sister, Curly Bear.

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Baby Bear is one of the main characters of the classic story, "The Three Bears." In 1991, the character was adapted into Sesame Street and has been an established member of the cast since.

The character was devised by writer Lou Berger, who incorporated him and his perpetual nemesis Goldilocks into his script for Episode 2866, where the two bring his broken chair to the Fix-It Shop. For the episode, performer David Rudman developed the character's signature speech impediment, typically pronouncing his Rs as Ws, to help soften the image of the character as well as having fun with the many R-sounds in the character's dialogue.[1]

Baby Bear began to recur more often starting the following season, often always dealing with Goldilocks. By season 25, he developed a best friendship with Telly Monster. He also began to develop his own unique traits, such as an interest in making art and a rather sophisticated vocabulary. Much like his original story, he has a particular fondness for porridge.

His parents, Papa Bear and Mama Bear, were introduced on the show in 1993. In 2003, his baby sister Curly Bear was born, turning the Three Bears into four.

In Season 31, Baby Bear created an imaginary friend, Hero Guy.

In the 2002 special Elmo's World: Happy Holidays!, it was revealed that Baby Bear's family is Jewish. Just as he shared Jewish traditions with Telly in that special, Baby Bear is seen participating happily in the Sesame Street Easter picnic in the 2007 book Rosita's Easter on Sesame Street; he picks up braided bread from the bakery to bring to the party.

In season 36 and 37, he was seen attending Storybook Community School. In season 45, he instead attends the similarly named Storybook Community Pre-School.

Notes

  • His birthday is May 12th.
  • The puppet was also originally a sack-body Muppet, like Cookie Monster. In season 30, the puppet was completely rebuilt with brighter brown fur, with a new body structure and arms, similar to puppets like Ernie, as well as a little tuft of hair on the top of his head.

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