Little Bear is a Canadian children's animated series based on the Little Bear series of books written by Else Holmelund Minarik, and illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Originally produced by Nelvana for Nickelodeon, it currently airs on Treehouse TV in Canada and Nick Jr. in the United States. It was first shown in the UK on the Children's BBC, and a part of Toy Box BBC video collection in the late 1990s. It was also shown on Nick Jr. UK and on Tiny Pop. The direct-to-video/DVD full-length feature film The Little Bear Movie was released in 2001, after the TV series ended.