Shadow is a playful, sentient shadow with an Irish accent. In most episodes, she tells a story, sometimes partly in song. Occasionally, her stories are entirely sung. Shadow's stories combine joy and melancholy.
She is a shadow in the shape of a whimsical girl possessing a quirky nature whose stories are illustrated using the medium of shadow puppetry. Often she will sing the stories and rhymes while the characters within the shadow puppet segments give deadpan commentary. Her melodies are often modal.
Shadow usually presages her presence with her musical laugh. Bear (with the help of the viewers) tries to find her by singing her song -- "Where, oh where, oh where is Shadow?" This never seems to work, though, so Bear has to call "Shadow!" in order to get her to appear.
The shadow puppet segments that accompany Shadow's stories are written, designed, and performed by Jon Ludwig. Ludwig and Mooney worked together with Peter Lurye the musical director to write most of the shadow puppetry music segments.
The shadow puppet segments that accompany Shadow's stories were written, designed, and performed by Jon Ludwig.
Ludwig and Mooney worked together with Peter Lurye the musical director to write most of the shadow puppetry music segments.
In the first part of "A Berry Bear Christmas", Shadow twists the format of finding her; instead of Bear singing the Shadow song, Shadow sings her own version of the song, "Where Oh Where is Bear?".
Welcome to the Blue House • Where O Where is Shadow • Goodbye Song • Great to Be at Home • No Place Like My Bedroom • Oh, Water, Water, Water • Need a Little Help Today (song) • When I'm Older • Happy, Happy Birthday • Shape of a Bear (song) • Picture of Health (song) • Quiet Time • The Bear Cha-Cha-Cha • Always Something to Share • Clean Up the House • Gravity • Falling for Fall (song) • What's in the Mail Today? (song) • Dear Grandma • Dancing the Day Away (song) • Treelo's Dance • The Otter Dancing School • Some of the Colors I See • Dirt, Dirt I Love You So • Why Can't the Dirt Just Leave Me Alone? • Everybody in the Tub • Everywhere There's Music • Hey, We Can Play • All Connected (song) • In the Middle of the Summer • In the Middle of Winter • Workin' Like a Kid • Magic in the Kitchen (song) • Springtime, Oh, Springtime • Spring Fever (song) • Always Something Good to Eat • Lost Thing (song) • Snow Bear, Where Can You Be? • Wonderful Sounds • Friends for Life (song) • When You Make Yourself a Friend