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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas exposes viewers to information about hibernation and the rituals of the Christmas holiday.
The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas offers positive messages about facing your fear of the unknown and carrying on with a goal or dream even if friends and loved ones don't support you.
Positive Role Models
Characters are very simplistic but largely positive, well-meaning, and kind.
Since the short is told from the perspective of bears in the pre-politically correct 1970s, they refer several times to Santa Claus as "the fat human in a red suit." Parents monitoring exposure to inappropriate language and especially taunts may be wary of this usage.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Bear Who Slept Through Christmas is an animated short from the pre-politically correct 1970s with one potential language usage issue -- the frequent description of Santa as "fat." Some parents may find this usage objectionable. It's otherwise a quaint tale of looking for the Christmas spirit that is suitable for nearly all ages. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This early '70s cartoon short is a funny blast from the past with its jokes-a-plenty from the era ranging from horoscope signs to trippy vibes. And its message is simple: Christmas is state of mind.
To kids who like bears and Christmas, it's an entertaining, visually rich, quaint short, and parents of a certain age will likely find an enjoyable nostalgia rush from the simplicity, familiar voice actors, and tone.
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