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YMMV: The Berenstain Bears
  • Alternate Aesop Interpretation: Trouble at School has the moral "It's never too late to correct a mistake." It's supposed to mean "even though you've put off correcting your errors, a new attempt to apologize and atone for them can still be appreciated", but it could instead be misread as "commit a crime and don't apologize for it until it's convenient, upon which all will be forgiven."
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The Bully really has a Family-Unfriendly Aesop if you think about it...Getting beaten up by a bully? Don't bother contacting the school authorities because Adults Are Useless. Get beaten up, and finally fight back? Then and only them will they get involved. Oh, and Sister gets off scot-free, only be given a slap on the wrist. Yeah, how many kids in real life were just given a slap on the wrist for punching someone, even if it was in self-defense?
    • Bad Habit - Develop a bad habit, and your parents will bribe you with money to end it!
    • The Aesop of The Berenstain Bears Clean House seems to be "if you have a bunch of old junk sitting around yourself, stuff it in the attic and put off the cleaning until another day."
  • I Am Not Shazam: The bears' surname is Bear, not Berenstain. And, despite the common mispronunciation, it's not "Bernstein", either. Or "Berenstein," for that matter.
  • Memetic Mutation: Mama Bear's frustration with the cubs' messy room in the 1985 Animated Adaptation.
    • To a lesser extent, the "Help!" "Can't sleep!" argument on "In the Dark" from the same adaptation.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Berenstain Bears Show Some Respect has the cubs acting bratty by condradicting their parents and grandparents when the family is looking for a picnic spot. However, a lot of their comments are quite valid. For instance, Mama suggests a spot by the pond because that's where she and Papa had their first date. Brother responds with "That's was ages ago. It's full of mosquitoes now." Sure, he could have said it in a more polite manner but who wants to picnic where there are lots of mosquitoes?
  • Unfortunate Implications: Oh lord have people found a lot of these in the series...

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