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The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Surprise

Episode Summary

Who is Easter Bunny? OMG, Bear is Easter Bunny! How can that be? Guests: Alan Johnson, Emily Rowley. Find show notes at

Episode Notes

🐰 Hop, hop, hop with us back to 1981 for our first trip to Bear Country, which it turns out was built on top of the Easter Bunny’s industrial nightmare factory.  


🎙 Guests:  

Alan Johnson (Two Bad Neighbors – A Simpsons Podcast, Talespin Trivia, @AlanJ).  

Emily Rowley (smiling politely, @mlerowley).  


💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Surprise on the official YouTube channel.  

2. Yes, we all collectively mispronounced “Berenstain.”  

3. The VHS cover, for reference.  

4. The Berenstain Bears: The Very First Easter, being the story of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus, who is also a bear.  

5. Inside the Berenstain Bears’ Tree House.  

6. The widest tree in the world, for comparison.  

7. Things this special has in common with Steel Magnolias: Knowl Johnson and dozens of broken Easter eggs.  

8. An ode to the Bear Family’s tiny, antique, circular porthole TV set.  

9. Today’s TV Trope: Packed Hero.  

10. Mr. Mike’s Mondo Video, featuring young Zachary Danziger (Bill Bunny) and a host of way more familiar names.  


📼 Retro Commercial Break:  

Kellogg’s Raisin Bran: Morgan the Mockingbird Commercial, 1981, preserved from the original airing of this special.  


🎤 And Now, These Messages:  

Mike on the Two Bad Neighbors podcast for Marge Be Not Proud and Monty Can’t Buy Me Love.  
Jingle Jank.  

“The Berenstain Bears’ Easter Surprise” © 1981 Joseph Cates Co., Inc.  

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