The Berenstain Bears (1985)

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The Berenstain Bears Show
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Meet the Berenstain Bears.
Genre: Children's Series
Comedy
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: Australia
United States
Release Date: September 14, 1985 – March 7, 1987
Network(s): CBS
Syndication
Created by: Stan and Jan Berenstain
Distributed by: Worldvision Enterprises
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 52


The Berenstain Bears Show is an American-Australian animated television series based on the books of the same name by Stan and Jan Berenstain, produced by Southern Star Productions, Hanna-Barbera Australia, DiC Entertainment, and distributed by Worldvision Enterprises. The show originally aired from September 14, 1985 to March 7, 1987, on CBS but also aired on syndicated networks as well. It would later spawn another series in 2003.

Synopsis

Based on the books, the show primarily focuses on the events that happen throughout each episode showing many lessons and morals to others.

Why It Truly Makes You Feel Like A Bear

  1. The show keeps the charm and is very faithful to the original source material based on the books.
  2. Spectacular voice acting from the main cast, while Brian Cummings does an amazing performance as Papa Bear and Big Paw Bear, and Frank Welker does an incredible job on Raffish Ralph.
  3. Impressive 1985 animation from Hanna-Barbara, a very popular studio who's known for working on several cartoons including the Flintstones, the Jetsons, Smurfs, and many more.
  4. Like the 2003 series, many episodes do not shove morals in a forceful manner and instead explain them properly where it becomes understandable and enjoyable at the same time.
  5. Catchy and nostalgic theme song possibly to those who grew up watching the original series.
  6. Similarly to the books, the storytelling explains each event very well and appealing.
  7. Memorable and likable characters that include the Bear family mainly Papa Q. Bear, Mother Bear, Brother Bear, and Sister Bear.
  8. It became more open to serious topics, unlike the 2003 series which had some censorship in it.
  9. Classical soundtrack that has memorable charms of old '80s cartoons.
  10. It's a massive improvement from the original holiday specials that aired on NBC in the late '70s and early '80s.
  11. Due to the success of the show (despite being cancelled), it spawned another series in 2003 with a much lighter tone but with more accurate pacing and magnificent animation.

Bad Qualities

  1. Unlikable characters like Weasel McGreed who tries to take over Bear Country and Raffish Ralph (aka Ralph Ripoff in the books) who is a con artist who tricks people into giving him their money and acts remorseful even though he isn't.
  2. Even though Brian Cummings did a good job voicing Big Paw Bear and Papa Bear in the original series, he did a terrible job voicing Too Tall by making him a loud and obnoxious version of Eddy from "Ed, Edd n Eddy". And as if this reason wasn't bad enough he's also unlikeable at times due to his mean-spirited manner.
  3. While the show remains faithful to its original source material, there are tons of filler episodes that don't make sense to the show's setting, especially having many illogical characters that aren't featured in the books.
  4. The episode "The Messy Room" is not a good way to start the show due to Mama being out-of-character.

Reception

The Berenstain Bears (1985) met a decent score of 7.1/10 from audiences on IMDb.

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