Overall Rating: 4.7/5
This week, I am reviewing the Cartoon Network show “We Bare Bears,” that first aired on November 6th, 2014. I will review the episodes that are available on streaming services. Seasons 1 and 2 are available on Hulu, and seasons 3 and 4 are on Netflix. The show was recently wrapped up with a movie, but I have not seen the movie yet. This will be a spoiler-free review!
I first decided to watch the show because I had seen several memes of it on Instagram, and it looked like a cute show to watch. I had seen some mentions of the show being on Cartoon Network but I don’t watch regular TV so I had never actually seen an episode. Because I have more spare time than I know what to do with currently, I sat down one day and started watching! Overall, it is an enjoyable show with cute characters, a somewhat predictable yet fun plot, and a nice perspective on family. I believe it is a good show for people of all ages to enjoy.
One thing I particularly enjoyed about the show is that the episodes don’t necessarily have to be watched in order. If an episode is on TV, you can just put it on without having seen the others! Each episode is mostly individual, which I believe benefited the show because audiences could start watching at any point. While there are episodes that introduce new, recurring characters, it is easy to follow along without the background of the other characters. My favorite episodes were the background episodes, where we see the bears when they are young trying to find their way in the world. I would have liked a few more of those! But overall I was able to watch and enjoy each episode, even if I didn’t like a character at first.
The characters, Panda, Grizz, and Ice Bear, are all interesting characters that highlight different traits in people. Grizz, the eldest, cares about his little bros and wants them to have fun! He’s a great big brother who learns from his mistakes and does his best to help the other two out when they need it. Panda, the middle bro, is a cute, nerdy, vegetarian bear who loves spending time with his brothers while also recognizing the need for independence and a friend group. Ice Bear, the youngest, shows his care for his brothers through his actions, (cooking, cleaning, etc.) while also having his own personal life and hobbies. They all care for each other deeply, and show it in their own ways. Ice Bear is my favorite character because his personality is very different from the other two and I find him the most relatable. Don’t get me wrong, Panda and I both have a deep appreciation for Kpop, but Ice Bear’s determination to achieve tasks and willingness to protect his family no matter what are something I understand and respect.
Overall, I would recommend this show to just about anyone. I look forward to watching the movie, and may write a post about it in the future!
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