Judge David Johnson wonders if his cubs were threatened, the normally laidback Papa Bear would erupt in fury of claws and teeth and eviscerate anyone who approached.
Our reviews of Berenstain Bears: Bears Mind Their Manners! (published January 19th, 2005), The Berenstain Bears: Bears Take A Car Trip (published June 1st, 2005), The Berenstain Bears: Christmas Tree (published October 24th, 2008), and The Berenstain Bears: Halloween Treats (published September 2nd, 2009) are also available.
Crossing the bear/human cultural divide since 1962.
The Berenstain Bears, those hallmarks of old-school children's literature, have been gathered onto this DVD, documenting six of their adventures for the ankle-biters in your family.
Facts of the Case
A quick crash course in The Berenstain Bears mythos: The Bear family lives in the heart of Bear Country, nestled in their sweet tree-home. Papa Bear is the patriarch of the family, constantly running around in his overalls and ten-gallon hat, building things and doing all the brow-soaking menial labor one would expect from a dad; Mama Bear focuses on the kids and the upkeep of the tree; lastly, we've got the siblings, who, probably due to a dry spell of creative thinking by their parents, are named Brother and Sister. Together, this solid, scrupulous nuclear family of anthropomorphic forest predators embark on morally sound adventures, pregnant with universal life lessons and happiness.
Ah, The Berenstin Bears, as harmless kiddie entertainment as you can get. The stories collected on this disc are flush with all the feel-good learning you could ask for. Each 15-minute cartoon centers around a specific theme, and to make it easier for the kiddos to digests, a narrated preface before each show explicitly states what the episode is about. So unless your children are asleep or tripped out on Cinnamon Toast Crunch, there's no excuse for them to miss out on these messages.
• "The Summer Job"
• "The Haunted Lighthouse"
• "Don't Pollute (Anymore)"
• "Hug and Make Up"
• "That Stump Must Go"
• "White Water Adventure"
Episodes are presented in their original full frame aspect ratio. The picture quality is solid, boasting strong colors and dirt-free visuals. A 2.0 stereo mix does its job with little fanfare. No special features save for the handy "quick start" option, which bypasses the menu and gets the show on the road.
Six engaging, eye-pleasing, positive cartoons packed silly with more values than you can shake a stick at. The Berenstain Bears: Bears Out and About is the antidote to mindless, incoherent imported animation about kids running around with fire-breathing stuffed animals or whatever is cool these days.
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