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EPISODE TYPES: Fantasy Situation
(see Common Themes section for more on this category)
WHAT IS LITTLE BEAR?: An Anthro, Furry, young bear cub
IS HE MACRO ORIGINALLY?: No
HOW DID HE BECOME MACRO?: Imagined what it would be like to be bigger
MACRO NAME: (If different from regular sized name) Bigger Little Bear
QUOTE: "I'm just a little bigger, little bear."
REVIEW OF EPISODE: An interesting situation as this is not something you will often find in this type of target audience cartoon. The Little Bear cartoons are pretty much intended for a very young pre school group of kids. Most of the time the cartoons will be about values and imagination all dealing around this young bear and his friends. Very short and simple stories that hopefully send a good message home to the would be viewers. I think it does accomplish that well and the show is fun for its intended target audience. Its nice to find macro moments in the cartoons for even the youngest of audiences. There are some who feel such themes are scary for kids, but I know I always found these themes cool and fun. What little kid wouldn't like to fantasize about being a giant and the perspectives it gives them on the world? I think sometimes parents use their own views of what scares them to determine what is acceptable for kids, not giving kids enough credit to handle more then they think they can. That's why it is always nice to find moments like this in the most unlikely of places.
This episode seems to be a favorite amongst some fans due to it's a) focusing on a giant bear, an animal that doesn't seem to get enough time as a real giant, b) is not violent or rampage based like a lot of the episodes on here are and c) it is a fun and cute situation that a lot of fans feel macro moments should be. So I'm sure this episode will be a good representation of what a lot feel a good macro situation is and more proof that a good situation doesn't have to involve ripping buildings in half. To me I like all sorts of situations. Violent or nice. As long as it's big I'm all for it. But I have to objectively review this episode not on the basis of what is good to some or not, but if the moments were fun and something people would enjoy for the most part.
It's a very cute story. Little Bear wants to be bigger more then anything. (who doesn't around here ;) ? ) and seems excited by the fact that he did grow slightly since the last time he was measure. But of course Little Bear takes it to the extreme with his imagination and imagines what it would be like to be even bigger then he really is. And before we know it a huge Little Bear is out and about stomping through the forests trying to interact with his usual friends of animals. Some of the situations were fun like when they show Owl reading a book and Bigger Little Bear (as he is now known in his larger size) peeks through the window and door of his tree house home scaring him. Ironically of course Owl was reading a book about the giant in Jack in the Beanstalk at the time. It was a cute interactment but also a little silly. The fact that Owl didn't recognize his friend just because he was bigger seemed to not make much sense. But then again this is really all just a fantasy that Little Bear is experiencing. Even though we don't truly realize that until the end when they show him waking up, none of the events of him as a giant happened. So the reactions and experiences are all just things he imagined it would be like if he were big.
To me the situations were just a little too repetitive. One time scaring his friend was cool. Even a second time but then when it kept happening it was almost beating a theme to death here. The last moments with the moon I found very silly. I didn't even get the significance of it. Besides the fact that since he is supposed to be the bigger that would in comparison make the moon smaller. But I didn't get where they were going with it. Seemed like a strange way to end the situation. I couldn't help but to find the banter the moon and Little Bear had with one another a little awkward. Like two people who have nothing in common meeting for the first time and trying to make small talk. It seemed like they were forcing to find things to say to one another and nodding at things they were saying. You almost were expecting one of them to say "Umm, So how about those stars, heh?"
Overall its almost a lost treasure due to the fact you just would never expect to find it in this type of show. The growth moments could have been a little better, but for the nature of the show it was fitting the way they went about it. The episode is pretty short, but this is also the norm of the show to have short 7 minute long episodes at a time. Little Bear as a giant is fun, in the way that he seems to be experimenting with his size and trying to interact with everyone in the same way. But falls flat in that the story is not that exciting or eventful. It just seemed strange that a little cub like that would imagine himself as a giant and all he really wants to do is play with his friends and sit atop the moon. Strange moments but for the target audience it was intended for it will do it's job in being a fun watch. Macro wise though it isn't the best. The growth moment is quick and his macro moments aren't too exciting. Its a pretty middle of the road episode though and probably something most may want to check out just to see what is going on in this short lived moment. There were many cartoons for this target audience that never got macro moments (i.e.) Franklin) at least this accomplished that well enough and gives the youngsters a chance to see what macro situations are all about.
MEMORABLE QUOTES AND MOMENTS IN EPISODE:
(The moon lifts Bigger Little Bear up away from the Earth as it grunts)
Moon: "You're heavy for a little bear."
Little Bear: "That's because I'm a bigger bear."
FINAL NOTES:*Little Bear is a long running series that appeared for over 5 seasons on Nickelodeon network during it's noon block of programing called "Nick Jr." The target market for shows in this time slot was toddler and pre-schooler set. Often times the shows shown at this time were to teach good morals and values to youngsters. Each showing of Little Bear consisted of 3 various episodes each about 7 minutes long. Most episodes involved adventures of the title character Little Bear along with his other animal friends and the trouble they get into with their imaginations or games that they wind up playing together. Sometimes the stories are more family oriented dealing with Little Bear and his parents teaching him about lessons he needs to know.
Errors--Factual -- Of course this is all a dream situation and just in his mind but for the sake of factuality...it is impossible to literally hop atop the moon as it rises up. For one thing the moon doesn't really rise up from under the ground but is just not seen until the part of the planet a person is on happens to be facing away from the sun so it can be seen. Not to mention the moon doesn't talk. Little Bear was far from big enough to sit atop it and it doesn't travel through the galaxy on it's own as if it were a space ship.
- :Can be a little too childish if you are watching it for other reasons other then for some giant bear moments. Growth moment not done well and some of the moments are a little silly and too cute even for a very young audience. Lame moments dealing with the moon at the end.
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