We Bare Bears

We Bare Bears is an American animated television series created by Daniel Chong for Cartoon Network. The show follows three bear siblings, Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear (respectively voiced by Eric Edelstein, Bobby Moynihan, and Demetri Martin), and their awkward attempts at integrating with the human world in the San Francisco Bay Area. The series was based on Chong's webcomic The Three Bare Bears, and the pilot episode made its world premiere at the KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival, where it won in the "Young Amsterdam Audience" category. The show premiered on July 27, 2015 and ended on May 27, 2019 and ran for four seasons and 140 episodes.[1][2]

We Bare Bears
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Slice of life
Created byDaniel Chong
Based onThe Three Bare Bears
by Daniel Chong
Directed by
  • Tony Puham (art)
  • Manny Hernandez (also supervising)
Creative directorLauren Sassen
Voices of
Theme music composerIvan Barias
Opening theme"We'll Be There"
by Estelle
ComposerBrad Breeck
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes140 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Running time
  • 11 minutes
  • 22 minutes (specials)
Production companyCartoon Network Studios
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkCartoon Network
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseJuly 27, 2015 (2015-07-27) –
June 30, 2020 (2020-06-30)

A spin-off movie, We Bare Bears: The Movie was released digitally on June 30, 2020[3] and on Cartoon Network on September 7, 2020; it served as a conclusion to the narrative of the series.[2] A TV spinoff, entitled We Baby Bears and focusing on the three bears when they were cubs, was announced in May 2019 to be in development.[4]


We Bare Bears follows three adoptive brother bears: Grizzly (often called Grizz), Panda (often called Pan-Pan), and Ice Bear. The bears attempt to integrate with human society, such as by purchasing food, making human companions or trying to become famous on the Internet, although these attempts see the bears struggle to do so due to the civilized nature of humans and their own animal instincts.[5] However, in the end, they figure out that they have each other for support.[6]

The Bears often form a "bear stack", which they use to get around the city. The stack has become perhaps the most recognizable image from the show,[5] although they do travel walking on their own. Occasionally, the bears share adventures with their friends, such as child prodigy Chloe Park, bigfoot Charlie, internet sensation Koala Nom Nom, park ranger Tabes, and produce saleswoman Lucy. Some flashback episodes chronicle the adventures of the bears as cubs trying to find a home.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
PilotNovember 6, 2014 (2014-11-06)
126July 27, 2015 (2015-07-27)February 11, 2016 (2016-02-11)
226February 25, 2016 (2016-02-25)April 11, 2017 (2017-04-11)
344April 3, 2017 (2017-04-03)February 16, 2018 (2018-02-16)
444July 30, 2018 (2018-07-30)May 27, 2019 (2019-05-27)
FilmJune 30, 2020 (2020-06-30)
Shorts155July 6, 2015 (2015-07-06)December 1, 2015 (2015-12-01)
5June 30, 2016 (2016-06-30)
5April 27, 2017 (2017-04-27)


(From top to bottom) Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear (pictured left) forming their "bear stack".[5]

The show was created by cartoonist Daniel Chong, who had previously worked as a story artist for Pixar and Illumination Entertainment. The show is based on his webcomic The Three Bare Bears, which features the same characters.[7] This webcomic was uploaded online from 2010 to 2011,[8] running for ten strips. Billed as a comedy, the show is a production of Cartoon Network Studios, which developed the program with Chong as part of their shorts development program. It was announced during the network's 2014 upfront.[6]

Nom Nom and Charlie were initially voiced by Ken Jeong and Tom Arnold, respectively, before getting recast sometime before airing. The show's visual simplistic look was inspired by classic hand-drawn animation akin to Peanuts and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.[9] Episodes, other than specials and shorts, were 11 minutes long.


The pilot episode made its world premiere as part of two separate venues of the KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival at the EYE Film Institute Netherlands: the "Animated Shorts 5",[10] and the "Animated Shorts for Kids" ages 9 to 12.[11] The short was screened alongside the Dutch premiere of Clarence, the Steven Universe episodes "Mirror Gem" and "Ocean Gem", and a live interview with the creator of the latter series, Rebecca Sugar.


We Bare Bears promotional event at Victoria Square, Birmingham

We Bare Bears premiered on Cartoon Network in Canada on July 27, 2015.[12] It also aired on Cartoon Network in the United Kingdom and Ireland on September 7, 2015.[13][14] The series debuted on Cartoon Network channels in Australia and New Zealand and the Philippines on November 16, 2015 [15][16] It was premiered on Cartoon Network in India on November 29, 2015, and in Italy on December 8, 2015. It was also premiered in Pakistan on Cartoon Network on July 13, 2016 and airs each Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 pm, according to Pakistan Standard Time.[17] In Germany, Austria and Switzerland it airs on Cartoon Network (Pay-TV) and Disney Channel (Free-TV). In the Czech Republic it airs on Cartoon Network (Pay-TV) and ČT Déčko (Free-TV).

Another dubbed version in Filipino aired on October 19, 2016, on 5 (now TV5) alongside the 2016 reboot of The Powerpuff Girls. Both shows have been aired on CNN Philippines' weekend morning block, except that it is broadcast in English and not dubbed in Filipino. Starting December 2018, the series is also aired on NET. in Indonesia under the NET. TOON block and dubbed version in Indonesian.

Home mediaEdit

Region Title Season(s) Episodes Running time
Release date
1 Viral Video 1 12 ("Our Stuff" – "Panda's Date" • "Burrito" • "Jean Jacket" • "Shush Ninjas" – "Charlie" • "Occupy Bears" • "The Road") 132 October 4, 2016[18]
2 Volume 1 1 12 ("Our Stuff" – "My Clique") 132 October 7, 2019[19]
4 The Complete First Season 1 26 286 June 9, 2017[20]
Complete Seasons 1–3 1–3 95 1,056 February 14, 2019[21]



We Bare Bears has received generally positive reviews from critics. The pilot was described by the EYE Film Institute Netherlands as "hilarious and endearing",[22] and it won in the "Young Amsterdam Audience" category.[23] The show was praised by Mashable for tackling "modern millennial anxieties" and for representing racial minorities; Mashable called the show "a parable about the charms and perils of an increasingly connected society".[24] A reviewer for the AV Club in 2015 said that the show "bounc[ed] between the extraordinary and the endearing," describing typical episodes as the bears "find[ing] themselves in some sort of bizarre yet generic conflict that works mainly because of the bears’ easygoing and genuinely-loving bond." The review called We Bare Bears more low-key, "with little background music, a more muted color palette, and a simpler vibe. It’s not a must-watch show by any means, but it’s charming and breezy enough to enjoy within its brief run-time." It concluded "We Bare Bears is a very good 'just okay' kind of show."[7]


The first episode of We Bare Bears had 2.05 million views on its first showing.[25] Ratings generally fell with time, with the final episode receiving 0.45 million viewers.[26]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominee Result Refs
2016 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Madeline Sharafian, Manny Hernandez, and Bert Youn (for "Burrito") Nominated
BAFTA Children's Awards International We Bare Bears Won
2017 17th Kidscreen Awards Best Animated Series We Bare Bears Won
Best Writing We Bare Bears Won
24th International Trickfilm Festival Stuttgart Best International Animation Series For Kids We Bare Bears Won [27]
Kids' Choice Awards Mexico Favorite Cartoon We Bare Bears Nominated [28]
2018 Annie Awards Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production For Children "Episode: Panda's Art" Won
Annecy Festival Jury Award for a TV Series "Episode: Panda's Art" Won
Prix Jeunesse International Festival and Competition Best Fictional Show for 11-to-15-year olds We Bare Bears Nominated [29]
70th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Outstanding Short Form Animated Program "Hurricane Hal" Nominated
2019 Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production "Hurricane Hal" Nominated

In other mediaEdit

Penguin Random House announced in 2014 that it would publish books based on various programs for Cartoon Network, including We Bare Bears. The books were produced out of the company's Cartoon Network Books imprint, a division of the Penguin Young Readers Group, and is based on a partnership with the network that started in 2013.[30]


On May 30, 2019, Cartoon Network announced that We Bare Bears: The Movie would be released in mid-2020.[4] On May 21, 2020, We Bare Bears: The Movie was announced to be released digitally on June 30, 2020 and on Cartoon Network on September 7, 2020; it served as a conclusion to the narrative of the series.[2]

A prequel series titled We Baby Bears was also announced on May 30, 2019. It will premiere on Cartoon Network in spring 2021. The show will focus on the three bears when they were cubs. The series is rendered in an anime-esque style and will feature the bears going on various adventures in their magic box. Manny Hernandez will serve as the showrunner while Daniel Chong will be involved as an executive producer.[31]


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