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we bare bears

voice talent: demetri martin, eric edelstein, bobby moynihan, and jason lee

REVIEWER: purdie jenkins

Three brother bears awkwardly attempt to find their place in civilized society, whether they're looking for food, trying to make human friends, or scheming to become famous on the internet.

There will always be sitcoms about 20-something year olds struggling through even the most basic aspects of life with some kind unique aspect to their lives. While animated sitcoms are nothing new, the unique factor that We Bare Bears brings to the table is the fact that the three main characters are bears. A grizzly, panda and polar bear, all brothers, are just getting through the curve balls that life throws at them, in their own funny and tender way. Roaming the world in a bear stack (standing on each others backs), they make friends and are out to enjoy life in their own ways.


The draw card would be the adorable and simplistic animation style. The bears would be easy enough to draw yourself, but it’s the way that their unique personalities as well as emotional range is portrayed that makes you fall in love with them all. And like other sitcoms you find yourself identifying characteristics that you associate with your friends or family (it’s the classic, ‘I see myself as a Phoebe, and you are a Joey’ situation).


The setting of modern day San Francisco bay area makes way for some more millennial themed episodes, a great example would be from season one where the bears discover tote bags and try to save the environment. The cast of characters they meet along the way return throughout the episodes with new developments and hijinks.


What I think I adore about We Bare Bears is it isn’t simply a sitcom, or a cartoon. While the jokes are great, it’s the relationship between the bears that makes it wonderful. The brothers have each others backs and there are some quite sincere and genuine moments between them and their friends. The episodes when they are young and trying to find a home are especially cute.


With each episode I find myself with a new list of reasons why each bear should be my favourite, and while at certain moments there might be a top bear, it’s not long before another one wins my heart again. Having the first three seasons on DVD is a treasure trove of escapism, it’s a show that will no doubt have many re-watches.


We Bare Bears is unBEARably cute, who knew three bears would be so relatable?

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We Bare Bears Seasons 1 - 3 is available on DVD and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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