is a Danish comic for kids about the adventures of the little bear Rasmus and his friends on their ship, with which they travel all the seas and visit many exotic places. It started in 1951. In anglophone countries also known as Bruin
or Barnaby Bear
Tropes in this work:
- Accessory-Wearing Cartoon Animal: Pingo, with his bowtie.
- All Just a Dream: The Doggerland, a place with dinosaurs and other strange beings.
- Bears Are Bad News: Inverted, they're all very nice.
- Big Eater: Knalle the ostrich. Also an Extreme Omnivore.
- The Blacksmith: Rasmus' Grandpa is one, though while we see him in his smithy he seems more a mechanic and handyman. (He is also the town icecream salesman, unlike most examples of the trope.)
- Bowties Are Cool: Pingo always wears one. Must be the connection penguins - suits - bowties.
- Brother Chuck: Knalle. Sometimes he's in the story, sometimes not. Sometimes it's explained, sometimes not.
- Carnivore Confusion: Eating fish or stew is OK for the characters.
- Child Prodigy: Rasmus' little brother, who is very good at designing and building things. Rasmus comes home from one journey and discovers he became a big brother while he was gone, so the little guy might even qualify for Brainy Baby.
- Childhood Marriage Promise: Rasmus and the daughter of the bears' king.
- Cool Ship: The Mary.
- Crazy-Prepared: It rarely happens that Pelle can't find anything they need in his beak.
- Disappeared Dad: Rasmus' father never shows up and also isn't mentioned.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Pingo of course.
- Free-Range Children: Rasmus is a kid, and the other guys are his friends. Not only are they on free range, but they travel all over the world.
- Funny Animal
- Funny Background Event: Done by the little rascals (the turtle, the frog and the parrot).
- Girls Have Cooties: Averted, Rasmus and Pingo both find little girlfriends.
- Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Skaeg / Old Salt smokes pipe. Probably today this would be impossible, and in the animated series the pipe was removed.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Rasmus, Skaeg, Knalle. Pelle and Pingo don't need clothes at all (not counting Pingo's bowtie here).
- Hammer Space: The pelican Pelle surely can store a lot of useful stuff in his beak.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Rasmus and his friends meet a lion and a lamb who are a couple.
- Inexplicably Identical Individuals: All the penguins.
- The Key Is Behind the Lock
- Lazy Bum: Skaeg / Old Salt mostly likes to sleep.
- Limited Wardrobe
- Nice Hat: Once Rasmus and his crew visit a place where everyone has a nice hat. Apparently, wearing nice hats makes people nicer too, because they'll have to lift their hats to everyone and be polite.
- Noodle Incident: Old Salt often tries to tell about the great storm in Biskaya, but we never find out the details.
- The Series: Made from 1997 to 2000 in Denmark.
- Species Name: For Pelle and Pingo
- Speech Bubbles: Averted in most comics - the text of whoever is speaking is under the pictures. Also averts Viewers Are Morons - the authors expected kiddies to find out themselves whether Rasmus or another character is speaking.
- Except in some comics where it's indicated by an icon of the speaker's head.
- Stealth Pun: In the German translation, one ostrich (German: Strauß) character (not Knalle) was named Franz Josef. In other words, Franz Josef Strauß.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Pancakes
- Treasure Is Bigger in Fiction
- Turtle Power: A turtle is one of the little rascals who hang around with the main characters on the ship and occasionally interact.
- Walk Like an Egyptian: When they visit the pyramids in the album set in Egypt, they find paintings like this. Strangely, they don't notice that they're the ones depicted.
- White And White Morality
- World of Weirdness: The Doggerland, where they meet dinosaurs first (with Skaeg lampshading that they should have died out long ago) and many even weirder creatures later.