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Animation Monday: We Bare Bears


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This week on Animation Monday, let’s talk about the newest cartoon on Cartoon Network, We Bare Bears!  We Bare Bears is an American animated television series created by Daniel Chong.  The show follows the three bear siblings, Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear (voiced by Eric Edelstein, Bobby Moynihan, and Demetri Martin), and their awkward attempts at integrating with the human world in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The show is based on Chong’s webcomic The Three Bare Bears.  And so far, I am really enjoying it!  The show is basically what would happen if bears from the wild comes out of the woods and intertwines with human society.  Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear wants to do anything possible to integrate with the human society, but humans find them very weird.  I mean, humans already have their feelings about bears, and they get most of their information about bears from watching YouTube videos I guess.  So because many humans are scared of bears, the three bears struggle to live within the human culture.

But, and it’s a big but!  The bears figure out that they have each other for support.  And they do make friends with some other humans.  The three bears also have a weird way of traveling around, something called a bearstack.  They do a bearstack as a way to symbolize their friendship and it’s a good way to travel around!

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Before I get into what I think about We Bare Bears.  I have to compare this to Help!  It’s The Hair Bear Bunch.  I mean, I think you have to compare this!

So, I think We Bare Bears is a pretty good fit for Cartoon Network.  It’s almost like repeating the same current formula you see on the other Cartoon Network originals.  You have several main characters, quite a few side characters, weird storylines, and an attempt to put in some comedy at the same time.  I am not going to put down We Bare Bears here, but I wish Cartoon Network would try something new for a change!  How about some action, that is not put in the early morning hours of Saturday morning?

Anyways, We Bare Bears also tackles a big topic, fitting into a different society.  When you move to a new place, you want to fit in, right?  You want to feel like you belong in a city or countryside.  Each episode I have watched sees the bears trying to fit in our technology filled human world.  I mean, the bears do know how to use the internet, while trying to steal and eat the food from a humans picnic in one episode!  Daniel Chong developed We Bare Bears in the Cartoon Network Studios Global Artists Program.

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And judging by We Bare Bears, the artists program is doing a really good job making new series for the network.  I am liking We Bare Bears, and it’s already been renewed for a second season, good move Cartoon Network!

Learn more about We Bare Bears at: http://www.cartoonnetwork.com/video/we-bare-bears

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