The film marked the last feature film appearance of the original Bart the Bear, who became ill in 1998 and died in 2000.
It was the first theatrically released film produced by DIC Entertainment since Heathcliff: The Movie (1986)
The film also features cameos from former Oingo Boingo members Steve Bartek, Johnny "Vatos" Hernandez, Carl Graves, and Sam "Sluggo" Phipps as the band at the luau.
Jeff Celentano was considered to direct this film after the festival success of his directorial debut, Under the Hula Moon (1995). However, based on that movie's ending, Disney decided his take on the film might be "too dark" for a family comedy. Jeff would later be considered to direct another Paul Walker movie, 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003).