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What 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.
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What's the story?
BERNARD follows the escapades of a curious polar bear with a string of bad luck that causes mishaps every time he tries something new. Whether he's flying solo or teaming up with his friends Zack the lizard, Lloyd and Eva the penguins, and Goliath the Chihuahua, Bernard has a real knack for finding the misadventure in every adventure, but he's bound and determined to try his paw at every human activity he can find.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how it feels to be on the receiving end of bad luck like Bernard. Do you get discouraged when things don't go your way? Is it hard to keep trying when you don't succeed on the first attempt?
Why doesn't Bernard talk in this series? What other methods of communicating his thoughts and feelings does he use? Do you ever not understand him or what's going on around him?
Bernard's friends can also be a source of frustration for him. Why is it important to express your feelings to your family members and friends? How can communication help you overcome jealousy or anger?
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