Berenstain Bears – The Movie

I seem to be posting a lot about films these past couple of days, but by far the most puzzling to me is the announcement of an upcoming film based on The Berenstain Bears!

The film will be done by Walden Media with Shawn Levy producing.  They will be a mix of live-action and computer animation.  That’s the part I find puzzling.  Why not do entirely computer animation?

This quote also worries me:

“I’d like the film to be un-ironic about its family connections but have a wry comedic sensibility that isn’t oblivious to the fact that they’re bears,” Levy says. “The comedy comes from this bear family coexisting in a more recognizably real world.”

Levy compared his vision of the film to the tone of Will Ferrell‘s Elf, which had a sweet, earnest hero who clashed with his cynical surroundings. “I think the movie will be witty but never sarcastic,” he says.

So will the Bear family be the only bears?  Is it a human world?  Because that is an inherent change from the series where everyone surrounding the Bear family were also bears.

Golly, this one has me bewildered.  Luckily I am not a die-hard fan of the books because I find them far too honey sweet for my liking.

2 thoughts on “Berenstain Bears – The Movie

  1. There have been previous cartoon/animated versions of the books – I’m feeling kind of doubtful about this odd-sounding movie myself. I like the original easy readers books, but I am not a fan of the “issues” picturebooks. They’re popular and I replace them as needed, but I don’t recommend them. And I weeded…can’t remember at the moment, either the teasing or bullying one for its outdated advice. Ah yes, it was the bullying one, where all the adults tell Sister to ignore the bully who is BEATING HER UP and then Brother teaches her to fight. Yeah, that was a real winner.

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