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Boonie Bears: To the Rescue

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Bears save little girl in frantic tale; cartoon violence.

Movie NR 2019 93 minutes
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Boonie Bears: To the Rescue, like the other Boonie Bears features, feels like a cartoon on amphetamines. It's the animated version of a movie from the violent action-fest Jason Bourne franchise, with nonstop mayhem, chases, fights, and stunts, much of it generated by the stupidity and recklessness of characters. First appearing in 2012, Boonie Bears quickly became the most popular children's show on Chinese television, and its originality, cleverness, and hectic energy make it clear why. The franchise has expanded from shorts to longer-form plots, including this one.

The logger and the bears are like classic cartoon antagonists Elmer Fudd and Bugs Bunny, with the human inevitably outsmarted by the animals. No one gets terribly or permanently hurt and, as if to prove that the creators are really just gentle souls at heart, at one point Logger Vick is held down while bad guys tickle his feet as a form of "torture." At the outset, the movie also sets Vick at odds with the bears, yet they end up working together harmoniously by the story's end. It's as if the filmmakers' concern is to temper the uninterrupted violence with a soothing lesson about the value of working well with others.

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