Western Animation / We Bare Bears

From the top: Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear.

"We'll be there!
A wink and a smile and a great old time!
Yeah, we'll be there!
Wherever we are, there's some fun to be found!
We'll be there when you turn that corner,
We'll jump out the bush, with a big bear hug and a smile!
We'll be there!"
"We'll Be There," the opening theme, performed by Estelle

We Bare Bears is a Cartoon Network original created by former Pixar story artist Daniel Chong (Cars 2, Inside Out), adapted from Chong's webcomic The Three Bare Bears.

It follows the adventures of three brothers, Grizzly, Panda and Ice Bear, as they attempt to integrate themselves into the norms of human society in the San Francisco Bay Area. These brothers also happen to be a bunch of cave-dwelling, talking bears. They do a pretty terrible job of it.

The brothers have a unique mode of transport, which involves each bear stacked on top of one another like Jenga bricks, and thus the invoked meme '#bearstack' went viral.

The premiere aired on July 27, 2015.

You can visit Daniel Chong's official tumblr blog and Facebook page.

The production crew's official tumblr blog, "We Draw Bears," has various facts and trivia about the show. The Facebook page is full of humor. And here is a list of each of the staff's individual blogs.

Various promos and previews can be seen in this video. Watch the Comic-Con preview.

On August 12, 2015, Cartoon Network renewed the series for a second season.

On August 19, 2015, a We Bare Bears mobile game titled "Free Fur All" was released and is available on the Apple Store and Google Play.

Has a Best Episode Crowner.

We Bare Bears contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The webcomic had no concrete story or established setting, but the show puts the bears in San Francisco and the show revolves around their efforts to fit into society.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: In the webcomic, the bears were jerks.
  • Added Alliterative Appeal: In Latin America, the bears are named Pardo (brownnote ), Panda, and Polar.
  • All There in the Manual: The staff's official tumblr blog, "We Draw Bears", has various facts and trivia about the show which haven't been revealed in the show.
  • Amplified Animal Aptitude: Aside from the three titular characters, "Food Truck" shows the animals at the park going through town robbing people, vending machines and ATMs to get money to pay for the Bears' calzone. Heck, the fact that they even pay for the snack qualifies (probably they got the idea after the raccoon mother mentioned it, since she only got her calzone after paying for it).
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: In "Our Stuff", the bears get confronted by the police, and the crowd chimes in on what they did. One man says they've been running around ruining the city. A hippie vendor remarks that they destroyed his shirt kiosk. A waitress then says that they came to her restaurant and only ordered ice water.
  • Badass Adorable: Ice Bear is a cute, quirky bear, until you see him handling an axe.
  • Beary Friendly: They really do mean well and try their best to get along with humans.
  • Beary Funny: And they are all hilarious in their own ways.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Do not ever mess with Ice Bear's customized Roomba.
    • Panda doesn't like it if somebody touches his phone.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Chloe and her parents speak in Korean. Ice Bear appears to be fluent in a wide variety of languages, including Russian.
  • Big Little Brother: Ice Bear is the tallest of the brothers but the youngest. Then again, they're all adopted.
  • Bittersweet Ending: In general, the baby bears episodes are more melancholy that other episodes with whatever Hope Spot they experience eventually being undone, and always culminating in this.
  • Black Bead Eyes: The Bears have these, but they are sometimes drawn with normal eyes when surprised. Nom Nom has these when he doesn't speak or when he acts cute.
  • Black and White Morality: While the protagonists are fairly nuanced, nearly every character in the series can be confidently lumped into either "outcast on the bears' side" and "ridiculously evil fratboy bully".
  • Bland-Name Product:
    • The bears watch videos on Everyone's Tube.
    • Panda uses GooGs to search stuff.
    • During the Episode Ranger Tabes the bears order a package off of Glamazon.
  • Blind Without 'Em: In "Chicken and Waffles", Panda loses his contacts and must rely on Charlie to guide him to the restaurant to meet Grizzly and Ice Bear. It doesn't go very smoothly.
  • Butt-Monkey: Panda doesn't have the best of luck when it comes to getting dates; he gets demoted to a Third Wheel in "Panda's Date", while Grizzly and Ice Bear are enjoying their dates with Lucy the produce girl.
    • In "Video Date", as soon as Grizz and Ice Bear disguise themselves as pandas, they get so caught up in the video chat with Celine that Panda gets demoted to a Third Wheel once again.
    • In "Everyday Bears", Panda loses a great number of social media friends when a mouse (not the computer kind) crawls along his keyboard, typing a garbled message that gets autocorrected to "I hate babies"; he loses more friends when an embarrassing photo of him gets posted.
  • Caffeine Bullet Time: In "The Library", Grizzly tries to help Chloe stay awake so she can study for a big biochemistry exam by feeding her a bunch of candy from the vending machine. When Chloe goes hyperactive and starts running around the library at high speed, the Bears stuff themselves with candy until they can keep up with Chloe and get her back on track. While Chloe and the Bears are on their sugar rush, everything around them seems to be going in slow motion.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • Panda casually mentions he is allergic to nuts to Ice Bear when he's making food at the start of "Viral Video". His nut allergies set up the plot of "Panda's Date."
    • After watching the pregnant mothers' workout DVD in "Yard Sale", Ice Bear's newly-learned maternal instinct skills help Annie as she goes into labor.
    • After getting into trouble from going on a punching spree around town, Grizz's giant oversized novelty fist gloves help him summon a taxi to take Annie & Paul to the hospital.
  • City with No Name: While it's clear that San Francisco is just across the water, where in the East Bay the bears live hasn't been stated.
  • Civilized Animal: The bears live in a fully-furbished cave, own cell phones and a computer, and eat home-cooked meals. Other animals seem to show traits of this, such as the pigeons who run a stolen merchandise ring in "Our Stuff" and the animals in "Food Truck" who know how to use money.
  • Comic Trio: The bear trio.
  • Community-Threatening Construction: In "Occupy Bears", the bears' home is being demolished in order to put up a cell phone tower, and they have to find proof that they have been living there for over five years to stop the construction.
  • Continuity Nod: In "Chloe and Ice Bear," Ice Bear is visibly uncomfortable when Chloe shows him a Decorator Crab at the museum. This is because he was attacked by a crab in "Emergency."
  • A Day in the Limelight: Several episodes focusing on Ice Bear, notably "Chloe and Ice Bear", "Yuri and the Bear", "Icy Nights" and "Icy Nights 2".
    • A flashback to young Panda's childhood in "Panda 2", before he met Grizz and Ice Bear.
    • Grizz in "Grizz Helps".
    • Nom Nom has a solo moment in "Kyle", with an impostor claiming to be his long-lost brother, with no Grizz, Panda, or Ice Bear.
  • Early Installment Weirdness:
    • The unaired pilot episode featured slightly rougher animation. The bears were taller and slimmer, had larger eyes, larger and lightly colored noses, Grizzly's fur was lighter, and the colors were much less saturated.
    • The original comics feature swearing and are slightly more surreal. Ice Bear is also more talkative and quirky, and the trio is generally a lot less nicer, having among other things attacked a talking cactus with knives and rejected potential adoptees.
  • Expy:
    • Ice Bear is a stoic, eccentric polar bear who is a Supreme Chef. All he needs to do now is make puns at the drop of a hat. Lampshaded in "Coffee Cave", where "Polar Bear Cafe" was a name considered for Ice's coffeehouse.
    • Chloe is a little girl who sneaks into the home of three bears in the middle of the forest, eats their porridge, breaks their furniture, sound familiar? Only Chloe is made a Korean girl and the bears are three different species instead. Also, try saying the name "Chloe Park" and then "Goldilocks" out loud and notice how similar they sound.
  • Female Gaze: Whether or not it's intended to be played for laughs but there's quite a number of shots that focus on Panda's butt.
  • Fictional Social Network: Several examples, most of them introduced by Internet addict Panda. The most prominent are "Yo Date!", a Tinder expy on which Panda struggles to find any match, and "Everyone's Tube", where the bears want to become famous like Nom Nom the cute Koala.
  • Fingerless Hands: Their paws are stubby and although they have fingers, they stand on their stubs instead of flat on their paws. Look at how Panda is holding that phone.
  • Food Porn: Any time food is shown, it's usually in close-up and drawn with more detail. "Food Truck," obviously, features a lot of this. Trust us, you will want a calzone after watching that episode!
  • Forced Meme: "Viral Videos" has Meme Con, a convention that gives people a chance to become internet famous by invoking this trope and being approved by internet celebrities.
  • Foreshadowing: The opening sequence is essentially a collage showing off something that becomes relevant in every episode of the series.
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble:
    Grizzly: Sanguine
    Panda: Phlegmatic
    Ice Bear: Melancholic
    Nom Nom: Choleric
  • "Friends" Rent Control: Played With. The bears live in a renovated cave they paid nothing for, at least some of their furniture is hand-made, they either walk or use public transportation, and apparently panhandle for a living. That said, this doesn't stop them from getting an internet connection, cell phones, laptops, television, a fridge, and they still have plenty of free time to do whatever the plot requires.
  • Funny Background Event: In some episodes, Ice Bear is seen doing strange things in the background.
  • Furry Reminder: Often played for laughs, but occasionally Played for Drama. Examples of this include "Burrito" (trapped at the top of the tree as a cub, Grizz utters shrill, painfully realistic baby bear cries) and "Primal" (Ice Bear and Panda revert to dangerously feral states.)
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Surprisingly very little, for a CN show.
    • In "Chloe", when the bears are stacked and waiting at a metro, a man looking at his phone accidentally walks into Panda and his face bumps Panda's...um...and Panda is seen visibly embarrassed and blushing.
    • In "Food Truck," after earning a lot of money from the wildlife animals buying their calzones, Grizz decides to "make it rain" money on a dancing Panda (context: "making it rain" is something often done to strippers at strip clubs). The background song to that scene is "Calzone in my Mouth".
    • In "Nom Nom", Nom Nom excessively drinking "Eucalyptus Juice" is an obvious metaphor for alcoholism.
    • The frequent use of the word "dingle" can easily be replaced with a similar sounding insult.
    • In "The Library", Ice Bear apparently checked out a book on photography of the Arctic. When asked why it was overdue, he sheepishly claims "Ice Bear lost that." Given the way he hesitates, there may have been another reason it was late.
    • In "Planet Bears", a literal example occurs when Grizzly needs to answer nature's call (using the store's restroom), he tries to open the code-locked door using a forklift and Hilarity Ensues when he takes it on an impromptu joy ride and it ends up backing into a shelf.
    Guard: You are in big trouble, mister! Guess you won't have time to go to the bathroom!
    Grizzly:(shameful) It's okay, I don't think I need to go anymore.
    Narrator: Humans and animals alike both have a parasympathetic nervous system...
    Narrator: ...relaxing tense muscles in preparation for action. Shame: a feeling shared by all species.
    • Grizz filmed a steamy shower scene complete with porn music for his movie in "Crowbar Jones".
  • Historical In-Joke: In "$100", the young bears find a briefcase that says "Property of D.B. Cooper" on the outside.
  • Hypocrite:
    • Charlie. He doesn't like humans for constantly harassing him, but he doesn't comprehend that he's always doing the same thing with the bears.
    • In "Bear Cleanse", Panda encourages Grizzly to follow his example and fully commit to the all-natural system cleansing diet while basking in all the social media attention he's getting. Panda is later caught cheating on his diet and eating chocolate cake when his diet clearly called for him to eat nothing but bamboo. An outraged Grizzly calls him out on this, and he eventually loses his social followers when the post of him eating cake goes public.
    • In "Primal", Grizzly forces his brothers not to eat human food, but he is ironically the first to go against this.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends:
    • The series' main plot. The bears just want people to hang out and have fun with, but clearly don't know how to be social. Grizzly is easily the most enthusiastic about it.
    • This is also a main motivation for Charlie. But since he's constantly having to move around due to Bigfoot enthusiasts pursuing him, he really doesn't seem to know proper social interaction.
  • Improbable Food Budget: None of the bears are shown to have any source of income but they somehow are able to buy food and other stuffs.
  • The Internet Is for Cats: One of the main antagonists is Nom Nom, a koala who appears on cute videos but is actually a spoiled jerk. Most of the stories he's been in involve him becoming jealous of the bears when videos of their antics go viral, which he sees as a challenge to his celebrity.
  • Interspecies Adoption: May be the case with the bears, given they're different species.
  • Iyashikei: Could be considered a legitimate example in Western Animation. Nothing truly bad ever happens, just beautiful and soothing visuals, and deeply lovable characters.
  • Lighter and Softer: The webcomic this series is based on is not so family friendly, with mild swearing, violence, alcohol use, and falls into the Dada Comics category.
  • Lions and Tigers and Humans... Oh, My!: Anthropomorphic bears and humans.
  • Mexican Standoff: In "Lazer Royale", after young Grizz, Panda and Ice Bear have eliminated the other contestants in a game of laser tag, they find themselves as the only ones left when they are reminded by the hostess that there can only be one winner.
  • Misplaced Wildlife:
    • The bears themselves should not realistically be living in an arboreal cave in coastal California.
      • While Grizzly is technically in the right habitat, grizzly bears are extinct in California.
      • Ice Bear, since the polar bears' natural habitat is the Arctic Circle, which includes Greenland, Norway, Russia, Alaska, and northern Canada.
      • The panda's natural habitat is in central Chinese provinces such as Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu.
    • The series has wolves living in the San Francisco Area, despite the fact wolf populations in the United States are now confined to the more northern regions (aside from a few reintroduced ones in Arizona and New Mexico). Coyotes would have been a more appropriate choice.
    • A cryptozoological example occurs with Ralph, who is a yeti (an Asian cryptid) living in North America.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: In "Chloe and Ice Bear" while sneaking into a museum the pair disguise themselves as an animal exhibit, with Chloe in Ice Bear's mouth.
  • Noodle Incident: The store clerk girl had one in "Planet Bears":
    Panda: Hey, I'm really sorry for knocking over the cereal pyramid, I didn't mean to.
    Store Clerk Girl: Oh, don't worry about it. Hey, listen, I'm the queen of knocking stuff over. You should have seen the mess I made with the soda pop tower.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: It's implied Ice Bear may not be Ice Bear's real name, seeing as how nobody but himself ever refers to him like that. Grizzly called Ice Bear "Po" once, possibly short for "Polar Bear".
    • Panda, who is referred to as "Pan Pan", may be a subversion. "Pan Pan" means "hope" or "expectation" in Chinese, and was the name of a giant panda who lived from 1985 to 2016, believed to have fathered about 130 or more descendants, until his death at age 31 in December 2016.
    • Ranger Tabes calls Panda "Stripes".
  • Origin Story: "Yuri and the Bear" explains where Ice Bear originally came from, and his obsession with axes and cooking. It doesn't explain how he met up with Grizzly and Panda though.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Gee, I wonder who?
  • Parental Abandonment: They seem to have been abandoned in a cardboard box together when they were cubs.
  • Pin-Pulling Teeth: Parodied in "The Kitty", where Grizzly throws a ball of yarn like a grenade in the hopes of distracting some cougars that broke into the Bears' cave, and bites a bit off the end before throwing it.
  • The Promposal: In "Log Ride", a boy does this during the titular ride, holding a sign that reads "PROM?" while his picture is being taken.
  • Potty Emergency: Panda has one in the short "Potty Time".
  • Potty Failure: In "Potty Time", just when Panda finds a bathroom, the woman they met before hugs him, which results in Panda wetting himself on her.
  • Pun-Based Title: In Latin America, the show is named Escandalosos, which literally means "scandalous males". It's also a pun because it combines the words "escandalo" (scandal) and "osos" (bears).
  • Reality Ensues:
    • During the basketball game in "Our Stuff", Ice Bear distracts the opposing player with fancy dribbling skills ala The Harlem Globetrotters; the opposing player simply steals the ball away.
    • In "Food Truck", Ice Bear builds a food truck so the bears can sell his calzones but by the end of the episode the park ranger gives the bears a ticket for selling food without a permit and driving an unregistered truck (not to mention feeding the other animals at the park).
    • In "Burrito", after spending several days with it without eating it, Grizzly's burrito eventually goes bad and smells.
    • "Primal" is kicked off by Grizzly taking Panda and Ice Bear into the woods, deliberately getting themselves lost to "be one with nature". This results in the bears getting attacked by ants, and Panda and Ice Bear nearly starving because Grizz can't pull up any fish in a polluted lake.
    • "Nom Nom" shows the drawbacks of being The Quiet One. After falling into a Pit Trap dug by Nom Nom, Ice Bear fails to get someone's attention because he used his calm voice to call for help rather than yelling.
    • In "Chloe" the teacher scolds Chloe about the bears' awful presentation and it nearly drives her to tears. Chloe may be smart enough to get into college, but she's still just a little girl.
    • In "Panda's Daydream", Panda is waiting in line at the video game store when the guy in front of him lets his friend cut in line in front of Panda. After several Imagine Spots of confronting the line cutter, Panda ultimately does nothing.
    • When the bears visit the doctor in "Bear Cleanse", their physical exam had shown their health is in poor condition as result of eating only human foods throughout the series. The doctor has to put them on a diet of what their species naturally eat in order to improve their health.
    • Also from "Bear Cleanse", Ice Bear has the most difficult time trying to follow his diet, because seal meat is hard to come by, so he steals a live seal from the zoo. After he spends about half of the episode preparing to eat it, he ends up growing attached to the seal (he never even tries to kill the poor thingnote ), but by then the seal is dying of dehydration and Ice Bear is forced to return it to the sea.
    • In "The Perfect Tree", Grizzly simply throws the Christmas lights onto the Parks' house expecting them to somehow elaborately decorate the whole house like in cartoons. The lights just end up hanging on the roof of the front door.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Grizzly is red and Ice Bear is blue.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter:
    • The three bears. Even more so when they are cubs.
    • Nom Nom as well, at least when he's not being a stuck-up Jerk Ass.
  • Rip Van Tinkle: Ice Bear at the end of "Frozen Ice", after the ice cube he was stuck in melts.
  • The Rival: In the opening, Nom Nom the koala throws a plastic bottle at Panda to make him drop his drink. In "Viral Video" he invites Grizzly to his limo, only to have him thrown out when it suits him.
  • Running Gag:
    • Things concerning Panda's rear end are becoming a trend.
    • Nobody saying Ice Bear's name, except for Ice Bear. Subverted in "Video Date" when Celine said his name when asking who Ice Bear is when he accidentally said his name while posing as Panda.
    • Generally putting clothing on them results in them enjoying their new life before said life becomes too much for them to bear.
  • Sadist Teacher: Professor Lampwick, who initially gives Chloe a failing grade, then he puts the pressure on her after his kidnapping when he only gives her five minutes to find the equivalent point of sodium hydroxide; Chloe succeeds in passing the make-up test and afterwards, Lampwick doesn't press charges, but commends her for being the first student to get it right in a limited amount of time.
  • Secret Test of Character: In "Professor Lampwick", the Professor employs one when he gives Chloe five minutes to find the equivalence point of sodium hydroxide:
    Prof. Lampwick [gives a slow clap with his untied hands]: Bravo, Ms. Park! A tad unorthodox, to be sure, but very well done.
    Chloe: (shocked) You- you untied yourself?
    Prof. Lampwick: Oh yes, I've been untied for some time now. I wanted to see you perform under pressure, and I must say that you delivered. I'll count this as an extra credit; that should make up for the lab.
    Chloe: What? Hang on, you're not going to press charges?
    Prof. Lampwick: My dear Ms. Park, do you really think you're the first student to kidnap me over a grade? Ha. You are, however, the first to get it right. Auf Wiedersehen!
  • Seldom-Seen Species:
    • "Viral Video" has Balancing Lizard, a bearded dragon.
    • In "Food Truck", great egrets and ground doves can be briefly seen during the panoramic shot of the animals going on a rampage.
    • In "Primal", a two-toed sloth makes a brief appearance on the related videos list.
    • "Chloe and Ice Bear" showed moon jellyfish and a decorator crab.
    • "Hibernation" has books referring to goannas, greylag geese, griffon vultures, and harbor seals.
    • The seal from "Bear Cleanse" appears to be either a grey seal or a harbor seal, judging by its coat color and spots.
    • "Yuri and the Bear" has a bridled tern.
    • "Poppy Rangers" has a rose-wing grasshopper and a cave salamander.
    • California quails make an appearance in "Citizen Tabes". Tabes's Wildlife Checklist also lists marmot, chuckwalla (mispelled as "chuckwall"), bufflehead, Sprague's pipit, and differential grasshopper.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Panda is the latter, while Ice Bear and Grizzly are the former.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Sneaking into the home of three bears and eating their porridge and breaking their furniture, is Chloe Goldilocks?
    • The music during the basketball game in "Our Stuff" is a sound-alike of the Harlem Globetrotters' theme (Brother Bones' version of "Sweet Georgia Brown").
    • One of the college students in "Chloe" is wearing a hat similar to Dipper's.
    • One of the dudes Grizzly interacts with in "Everyday Bears" looks like a thin, older Steven Universe.
    • Marie the internet reporter from "Nom Nom" has a Triforce emblem on her shirt.
    • The movie Panda watches in "Shush Ninjas" is an obvious parody of Twilight.
    • Also from "Shush Ninjas" Grizzly's speech is accompanied by a montage of the bears acting out various movies. The movies in order are:
    • A scene from the "Enchiridion" episode of Adventure Time plays on Chloe's TV in "My Clique".
    • In "Chloe and Ice Bear" Ice Bear sees the ad for the Science Museum, and can't stop staring at the albino alligator, complete with pseudo-Dream Academy music.
    • Also from "Chloe and Ice Bear", the Science Museum and its albino alligator are references to the California Academy of Sciences and Claude respectively.
    • In "Bear Cleanse", a knockoff of the Kill Bill siren plays when Grizz is glaring at Panda for cheating on his diet. It plays again in "Captain Craboo" when Ice Bear flashes back to when the titular crab attacked his ear in "Emergency."
    • In "The Library", Chloe's sugar rush-laden speed bursts make the same sound as The Powerpuff Girls flying.
    • A Dance Dance Revolution analogue appears in "Brother Up".
    • The opening of "Icy Nights" is a direct riff on the opening of Drive, right down to the use of the Mistral font for the credits and a Suspiciously Similar Song version of Kavinsky's "Nightcall".
      • In the same episode, Ice Bear finding a hidden room in an arcade behind an arcade cabinet is directly from TRON: Legacy.
    • Ice Bear's music video in "Everyone's Tube" is a parody of the famous video for Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice".
    • In "Christmas Parties", after the Bears accidentally ruin the dinner Chloe's family made and awkwardly try to leave, Chloe's cousin yells to them, "Merry Christmas, you filthy animals!"
    • The music that plays over the opening shots of the snowy scenery in "Yuri and the Bear" is strongly reminiscent of the theme music from Fargo.
    • In "Coffee Cave", one of the names considered for the coffeehouse that Ice Bear ran at the cave was "Polar Bear Cafe", which was taken.
    • In "Road Trip", the bears and Chloe visit a rest stop that's clearly the Cabazon Dinosaurs.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • Being made by a former Pixar artist, the show is very accurate with the geography of the Bay Area.
    • Every now and then, real-life facts about bears are thrown in.
      • For starters, Grizzly is able to adjust in the woods since it's the natural habitat of a grizzly bear, Ice Bear is the tallest due to the fact polar bears are the largest members of the bear family, and Panda is a vegetarian because giant pandas are the most herbivorous of bears.
      • In "Chloe", during the bears' Q&A session with Chloe's class, Grizz holds up panda's paw to display his sesamoid while Ice Bear shows off his claws and foot pads. The panda's "thumb", which may have evolved for life in the trees and now helps them eat bamboo, is one of the things that sets it apart from other bears. And polar bear paws are perfectly adapted to a life on the ice and snow.
      • In "Burrito" both Panda and Ice Bear are shown to be disgusted by the smell Grizz's Companion Cube is giving off, but Ice Bear has a more animated and extreme reaction. This is because Polar Bears have the best sense of smell of any bear, capable of smelling seals through three feet of ice, and females receptive to breeding from over a hundred miles away. It's only natural that he would have the more sensitive nose, and he is later seen with wads of toilet paper shoved into his nostrils to block the scent.
      • In "Hibernation", while stating facts from a book on pandas, Panda refers to pandas as carnivores. Despite pandas having a mostly herbivorous diet, their digestive system is actually better suited for eating meat which would classify them as true carnivores. In that same episode, Panda also mentions a real-life fact about pandas having a lining in their throats as protection from bamboo splinters.
      • In "The Audition", Ice Bear mentions that pandas are raccoons, which Panda denies stating "a bunch of scientists confirmed pandas are bears". At first, scientists debated whether pandas are bears or raccoons since they share characteristics with both animals, before molecular studies confirmed pandas are indeed bears.
      • In "The Perfect Tree", it would be natural for Ice Bear to dive into a frozen pond to rescue a turkey and come out unaffected, as polar bears have dense fur and thick layers of blubber which protects them from the extremely frigid temperatures of not only the Arctic but also its waters.
    • The science museum from "Chloe and Ice Bear" is greatly based on the real-life California Academy of Sciences located in San Francisco, such as including a Tyrannosaurus skeleton at the lobby, an aquarium, a rainforest exhibit, a planetarium, and the albino alligator as a star attraction. The major difference is that the animal diorama hall has a tiger display when the real-life exhibition features only African animals.
    • Also from "Chloe and Ice Bear", the alligator eats the jelly sandwich Chloe used to lure it out. Real-life crocodilians are known to eat fruit.
    • In "Yard Sale", Grizzly goes through the entire episode with giant foam fists stuck on his hands. He wasn't able to get them off. At the end of the episode, the bears end up helping a woman deliver a baby, and when Grizzly approaches the baby and says hello, it effortlessly takes the giant fists off him. Although this example is Played for Laughs, newborn babies actually have enough grip strength to fully support themselves by one hand. It baffles scientists why they have such strength and why they lose it after a few months.
    • In "Nom Nom's Entourage", Nom Nom mentions he refuses to eat leaves on a plate and instead requires them still on a branch. While this may seem like him being spoiled as usual, this is real-life behavior of koalas because they cannot adapt to changes in routine due to their small brains, and thus they don't know what to do with eucalyptus leaves when they're presented on a plate because they normally eat them while they're still on the tree.
    • Unlike their domesticated relatives, wild turkeys are capable of flight and quite good at it too, as demonstrated by the ones from "The Perfect Tree" when they retrieve Chloe's selected Christmas tree after it fell into a ravine.
  • Sitcom Character Archetypes: All three fit though Grizzly is a slightly more nuanced take in that while he's a goofball wisecracking character, he avoids the more modern take of being a jerk.
  • Slice of Life: The show generally revolves around the bears trying to adapt to human society, wandering the city, and taking part in human activities. Most episodes are heavily focused on common aspects of modern human society, such as environmentalism, online dating, and Internet culture. About the closest thing the show has ever come to touching upon supernatural or fantasy forces is in the episode "Jean Jacket", where a leather jacket seems to bring the bears good luck but also keeps mysteriously returning to them after vain attempts to get rid of it.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Ed, Edd n Eddy and The Hair Bear Bunch.
  • Stealth Pun: In "Charlie Ball", you have three NBA teams represented: the Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Portland Trail Blazers. And then you have Grizzly, who, even though he's not wearing an NBA uniform, might be seen as a hidden reference to the Memphis Grizzlies.
  • Stylistic Suck:
    • Panda's artistic skills. While he's honestly not that much of a Terrible Artist, he still has a blatant habit of reusing identical facial features and expressions, best exemplified in "Our Stuff" where he's tasked with creating mugshots of dozens of different people and they all look neither different nor accurate.
    • The video the bears substitute for Chloe's presentation is made of this.
  • Surprisingly Good Foreign Language: Japanese, Russian and Korean dialogue occurs occasionally, both from native and non-native speakers.
  • Talking Animal: The three bears, Charlie and Ralph the sasquatches, and Nom Nom the koala. The spiders from the pilot and the titular hamster from the short "Nom Nom vs Hamster" are revealed to be able to speak as well, meaning there could be more talking animals.
  • Third-Person Person:
    • Ice Bear talks about Ice Bear in this manner.
    • Yuri, who passed most of Ice Bear's personality traits to him, speaks in this way also.
  • Throwing The Match: Double subverted in "Panda's Sneeze". In a "cute-off" competition to determine whether Panda or Nom Nom is the more popular Internet viral star, Panda approaches Nom Nom, who offers the reluctant Panda a chance for the attention to go away if he agrees to lose.
    Nom Nom: I'm gonna cut to the chase with you, Panda: We want different things. I want to be number one again; you want out of the cute game, and back to your cool guy life, yes?
    Panda: Yeah, exactly.
    Nom Nom: Yeah, so how how do we solve this dilemma?
    Panda: Uh, I don't know.
    Nom Nom: You let me win. If you throw this fight and lose, everything will go back to normal. Finally, this nightmare will be over for both of us.
    Panda: Hmm, you really think that could work?
    Nom Nom: Oh yeah, it'll work. Just remember the plan: I'll be cute, and you'll be... what?
    Panda: Cool?
    Nom Nom: Exactly! Do we have a deal?
    Panda: Yeah. [Panda and Nom Nom shake paws]
    • As the competition progresses, Panda is encouraged by Grizz and Ice Bear, eventually accepting his role:
    Grizzly: Hey, what's going on? Why aren't you doing your cute thing?
    Panda: I don't want to be cute, I want to be cool like you.
    Grizzly: Listen, man, cute is what makes you cool. That's why all these people came out to see you.
    Panda: Do you really think I'm cool?
    Grizzly: Man, you got famous on the Internet, you got on a talk show, you are the coolest.
    Ice Bear: Ice Bear thinks you're precious.
    Panda: Aww, thanks, you guys.
    • Panda makes a comeback, turning the tables on Nom Nom, who hits him with a feather pillow after he's been double-crossed by Panda.
    Nom Nom: Arrgh! You big dummy! You had one job to do! You were supposed to lose, LO-SE!
    • One of the feathers aggravates Panda's allergies and changes his "baby sneeze" with a gross-sounding allergic one, with the fans losing interest in the contest and no official winner, even though Nom Nom would beg to differ with the results.
  • Unexpectedly Dark Episode:
    • "Burrito" plays like a normal comedic episode where Grizzly clings to a huge burrito instead of eating it. When Panda and Ice Bear try to keep it away from him and accidentally destroy it, Grizzly ponders why he got so attached to it. The Sudden Downer Ending reveals that Grizzly was trapped on top of a tall tree as a cub and was rescued by a fireman. The fireman had a safety band around his arm for Grizz to hold on to, which is what the warm burrito reminded him of when he hugged it.
    • "Primal", the episode right after, has the three bears trapped in the wilderness after Grizzly tries to help them live out their natural ways instead of living at home with technology. Panda and Ice Bear end up reverting to their primal bear natures and actually attack Grizz, their own brother, because they aren't anthropomorphic anymore.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: People don't seem to be too concerned by bears walking around San Francisco. At most they find them annoying. Chloe doesn't even notice the bear stack when she walks right past them on campus. They were partially standing in a small bush and had to call out to her to get her attention.
  • The Voiceless: Ice Bear makes literally not a sound in the cub flashback episodes, except in "Yuri and the Bear".
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: In "Charlie", the title character disguises himself as Panda's girlfriend in order to avoid the paparazzi.