A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Bernard has a childlike enthusiasm about going to new places and experiencing new things, but his eagerness often results in mishaps. A major theme is perseverance.
Positive Role Models
Bernard's curious and adventurous nature leads him into some sticky situations, and he's prone to brief temper tantrums when things don't go his way. Even so, and despite his bad luck, he's always ready for a new experience the next time around. He can be impulsive and looks at thing selfishly
Violence & Scariness
Slapstick comedy and other physical humor that looks like it hurts at times. Bernard gets stuck under free weights at the gym, falls out of a swing and gets knocked in the head, and so on. Some lasting injuries.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bernard is a series of comedy shorts centered on an unlucky polar bear whose attempts at human activities such as playing golf, treasure-hunting, and doing martial arts always end in disaster. The stories are laugh-out-loud funny even without any dialogue (especially for those who can relate to Bernard's woes), and, without any worrisome content of any kind, they're fun for any age. Expect a lot of slapstick-style comedy that would really hurt (in the real world), but Bernard's resilience shows the value of persistence in the face of a challenge.
Is It Any Good?
These animated shorts are every bit as adorable as is their unfortunate star. Poor Bernard's happy-go-lucky nature takes a hit every time he tries something new, making him a perpetual underdog who's fun to root for nonetheless. Sometimes it's his own clumsiness at fault; other times it's unbelievable luck on the part of one of his friends. Whatever the cause, though, his calamities are a boon for those who watch.
Bernard is jovial and silly but makes no real attempt at imparting any kind of wisdom on its viewers. It's fun to see the human world through this well-meaning bear's eyes, and viewers may even relate to how his best-laid plans go sour. The bottom line? This is a fun, worry-free series with light-hearted laughs that parents and kids will enjoy equally.
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