The Little Polar Bear
(Der kleine Eisbär
) is a franchise about a Polar Bear
cub named Lars who first starred in a number of books written by Dutch author, Hans de Beer
. It later became an animated TV series, Lars, der Kleine Eisbär
, in the early 1990s. The show proved to be popular in Germany
, but its English-dubbed version has also gained a cult following with UK
viewers. The show was later revived between 2001 and 2003. For its first film, subtitled Der Kinofilm
, Warner Bros.
and animation studio Rothkirch Cartoon Film
bought the rights to adapt the children's books into a feature-length film, released in 2001. After the success of the feature, several direct-to-video features were released, one of the new characters included was a tiger cub. In 2004, another film, The Little Polar Bear 2: The Mysterious Island
(Der Kleine Eisbär 2: Die geheimnisvolle Insel
) was released and also proved successful.