Disney Junior’s “Goldie & Bear” is a fairytale-inspired animated series for kids age 2-7 that chronicles the adventures of newfound friends Goldie and Bear, following the renowned porridge incident of “Goldilocks and The Three Bears,” after Goldie has apologized. The series presents classic fairy tales but with a modern twist, offering a glimpse into familiar stories by picking up where the original tales left off.
Goldie and Bear have become unexpected best friends who now share daily adventures together in Fairy Tale Forest, a magical world populated with characters from classic fairy tales, folk tales and nursery rhymes. Goldie is dynamic, adventurous and sometimes impulsive, while Bear is strong, loyal and always thinks before he acts. Though their personalities are different, the duo complements each other, and through thick and thin, Goldie and Bear stand by, believe in and support each other.
Reflecting Disney’s deep roots in storytelling that resonates across generations, “Goldie & Bear” captures the timeless appeal of sharing stories. Each episode features two 11-minute stories that showcase the new, unexpected friendship between Goldie and Bear as they seek out fun and adventure along with their friends and neighbors, all of whom are drawn from beloved storybook characters. Whether it’s helping the Big Bad Wolf learn to consider others before blowing down their houses, helping Jack and Jill get up that hill, or rescuing accident-prone Humpty Dumpty after his great fall, Goldie and Bear enjoy living in a fairytale world filled with real-life situations, humorous mishaps and heartfelt moments.
Maria Tatar, chair of Harvard University’s program in Folklore and Mythology serves as series consultant, advising on storytelling, fairy tales and folklore. As with all Disney Junior programming, the series is guided by an established curriculum that nurtures multiple areas of child development: physical, emotional, social and cognitive, thinking and creative skills, as well as moral and ethical development.
The series celebrates the distinct personalities of Goldie, Bear and their quirky pals, and encourages children to develop their own enchanting friendships. Populated with a diverse cast of storybook characters who model friendship, community, respect for individuality, resilience in the face of adversity and compassion for others, “Goldie & Bear” is meant to spark conversations among kids and parents about the narratives and morals highlighted by the duo’s unlikely friendship and their comedic interactions in Fairy Tale Forest.
Voicing the cast of characters are: Natalie Lander (“The Middle”) as Goldie and Georgie Kidder (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”) as Bear. Recurring guest stars include Lesley Nicol (“Downton Abbey”) as Fairy Godmother, Isabella Day (“Cristela”) as little witch Rosita, Debby Ryan (“Jessie”) as Thumbelina and Miles Brown and Marsai Martin (“black-ish”) as Jack and Jill.
“Goldie & Bear” was developed for television and is co-executive produced by Jorge Aguirre (“Giants Beware!” graphic novel series); Chris Gilligan (“Frankenweenie”) is executive producer and director; Joe Ansolabehere (“Recess”) is story editor and Rob Cantor (from the band Tally Hall) is songwriter.
Disney Junior reflects the emotional connection generations of consumers have to Disney storytelling and Disney characters, both classic and contemporary. It invites mom and dad to join their child in the Disney experience of magical, musical and heartfelt stories and characters, while incorporating specific learning and development themes designed for kids age 2-7. Disney Junior’s series blend Disney’s unparalleled storytelling and characters kids love deeply with learning, including early math, language skills, healthy eating and lifestyles, and social skills. In the U.S., Disney Junior is a daily programming block on Disney Channel and a 24-hour channel. There are 34 Disney Junior channels in 25 languages around the world.