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Boonie Bears is a Chinese All-CGI Cartoon produced by Fantawild Animation and starring two bears, Briar and Bramble, who continuously try to stop Logger Vick from cutting down trees in their forest. Vick constantly tries to carry out his job as a woodcutter, only to be hilariously outwitted by the bears.

This animated show, beginning in 2012, has become the most popular cartoon in China since Pleasant Goat and Big Big Wolf. It has been dubbed in several other languages, including English and spawned tons of merchandise.

There are currently eight films and two TV movies at this moment:

  • Homeward Journey (2013, TV) — Vick goes on a tree-chopping spree to earn up money for a train ticket home, and the bears must help their animal friends to save their forest from Vick. (Trailer)
  • To the Rescue (2014) — The bears and Vick find a mysterious baby girl in their home and do the unthinkable: Team up together for once to raise the baby! (Trailer)
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  • Robo-Rumble (2014, TV) — When Vick is laid off for Spring Festival season, he seeks another job to earn money for his holiday celebration, a park ranger. The bears accuse Vick of pretending to be a ranger when a giant chopping robot comes in to threaten the forest, forcing the bears to team up with Vick. (Trailer)
  • A Mystical Winter (2015) — A mysterious polar-bear-like creature appears in the forest one winter. The bears and Vick must save the creature and the mountain from the hunters, as well as discover the secret history of each other. (Trailer)
  • III (2016)note  - Briar is lost from his woodland home and ends up with a struggling traveling circus. After helping them, Briar doesn't feel like going back home with Bramble. However, there is a dark side to the circus lifestyle... (Trailer)
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  • Entangled Worlds (2017)note  — When the Tech Boss infiltrates the Boonie Bears universe, Briar, Bramble, Vick, and Robot Buddy Coco come across the Lost World of Fantastica, where the Tech Boss is searching for the Golden Antlers. (Trailer)
  • The Big Shrink (2018) - After an argument with his estranged father, Vick attempts to use a Shrink Ray, in which a long-time friend gifted to him, on Bramble and Briar to get rid of them, only to be shrunk along with them too! They go on an adventure to find a way to bring themselves back to their normal size, and fix Vick's relationship with his father. (Trailer 1, 2)
  • Blast into the Past (2019) — Briar, Bramble, and Vick are back in time to the fantastic version of the Stone Age, where they encounter Brewha the wolf pup, who wants to be a strong warrior, and a tribe of cavepeople. (Teaser, Trailer)
  • The Wild Life (2021) — Briar, Bramble, and Vick go to Wild Land, where they are given gene-altering bracelets that can turn humans into any animal and compete in a tournament. However, the animorphed humans start turning uncontrollably aggressive and into freakish Mix-and-Match Critters. (Teaser, Trailer)

A Spin-Off Babies show, Boonie Cubs, has also been produced and aired.

The English dub can be watched on the official channel here.


Boonie Bears contains examples of:

  • All-CGI Cartoon
  • Alliterative Title: Boonie Bears.
  • Anti-Villain: Logger Vick isn't really a villain, he's just a loser trying to do his job only to be stopped by the bears. He is definitely good and is seen helping out the bears.
  • Bald of Awesome: Logger Vick, being a bald Anti-Villain.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Downplayed. The bear brothers are only bad news to Logger Vick's job. They never try to attack Vick.
  • Beary Friendly: The bears occasionally befriend Vick and some of the other humans.
  • Beary Funny: Bramble is especially this, as he is less wiser than Briar and loves to eat food.
  • Butt-Monkey: Vick's attempts to accomplish his job always go hilariously wrong, thanks to the bears.
  • Cats Are Mean: Zig Zagged. Babian helps his owner, Logger Vick, to achieve his plans. However, he sometimes helps Briar and Bramble.
  • Depraved Dwarf: Downplayed. Vick the Anti-Villain is quite short for an adult human.
  • Dub Name Change: The English names of the characters are largely different from their original Chinese names. For example, Logger Vick was named Guang Tou Qiangnote , Briar was named Xiong Danote , and Bramble was named Xiong Ernote .
  • Everything's Better with Monkeys: There's Tiki, who claims to be the king of the forest, and Babu, who serves Tiki.
  • Green Aesop: The show's about two bears who stop a logger from cutting down their forest. There's definitely an environmental-based moral there.
  • Hit Flash: Used whenever a character gets hit very hardly.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: Logger Vick cuts down trees for a living and never seems to succeed. He is constantly abused by the bears and his Mean Boss also. In conclusion, it's safe to feel sorry for him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite the bears' attempts to get Logger Vick out of the woods and often hurting him when doing so, they will still sometimes help him if he either gets sick of seriously injured.
  • Mean Boss: Boss Li. He frequently harasses Logger Vick through telephone and threatens to cut down his wages if he doesn't contribute to the logging business.
  • Manchild: Bramble who is the younger of the two bears often acts childish and naive despite being a full grown male bear.
  • New Season, New Name: All seasons beyond the first one are given unique names.
    • Season 2 is Boonie Bears or Bust.
    • Season 3 is Forest Frenzy.
    • Season 4 is Spring Into Action.
    • Season 5 is Snow Daze.
    • Season 6 is Sunsational Summer.
    • Season 7 is Autumn Awesomeness.
    • Season 8 is The Adventure.
    • Season 9 is The Adventure 2.
  • No Indoor Voice: Boss Li always shouts in the phone whenever he calls Logger Vic.
  • Obsessed with Food: Bramble loves food and will easily get distracted by it. Babian also likes food.
  • The Owl-Knowing One: Averted with Hoo Hoo. Instead of being a wise owl like usual, he's lazy and will often try to sleep while flying.
  • Screwball Squirrel: Warren, a goofy squirrel who sometimes assists Briar and Bramble's efforts to stop Vick.
  • Seasonal Baggage: Boonie Bears took the fourth-to-seventh TV seasons literally and has each season take place in one of the four seasons. Spring into Action, Snow Daze, Sunsational Summer, and Autumn Awesomeness.
  • Second Person Attack: In the first episode, "A New Neighbor", the camera very briefly shows Briar from Logger Vick's point of view as the former is about to punch the latter.
  • Sliding Scale of Animal Communication: Level 7 for Briar and Bramble, as they are seen communicating with Vick and occasionally other humans. Probably Level 4, aka Animal Talk, for the other animals, as Babian can talk but is only heard meowing by Vick.
  • The Song Remains the Same: The English dub keeps the theme song in Chinese.
  • Spin-Off Babies: Boonie Cubs, which stars the younger version of the cast in an alternate universe.
  • Talking Animal: Besides Briar and Bramble, who are borderline Civilized Animals capable of doing human things, pretty much the only human characteristic the animals of the woods express are talking. The circus animals are Partially Civilized however.
  • Woodland Creatures: All of the animals, except for Tiki and Babu, are these.

The films contain examples of:

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    General 

    To The Rescue 

    A Mystical Winter 
    III / The Big Top Secret 
    Entangled Worlds / Fantastica 
  • Alternate Tooniverse: The film suggests that the Boonie Bears universe is one, since the Big Bad is an intelligent boss who sends a Terrible Trio of humans to raid MacGuffins from animated universes.
  • The Cameo: The beginning has THE MONKEY KING! And his staff getting stolen. (He gets it back at the end though.)
  • Disney Death/Heroic Sacrifice: Coco, badly damaged, lets herself detach her hand clasping the shellnote  and falls to her destruction. However, when Fantastica is restored, Coco comes back good and new.
  • Education Mama/Fantasy-Forbidding Parent: It is revealed that the Tech Boss as a child, wasn't allowed access to entertainment and fun and his parents enforced education on him (a Take That! to the Asian tiger mom phenomenon), such as forcing to spend night hours on homework and hiring private tutors. This led to him as an adult to raid Animated Tooniverses just to live the childhood he wanted. At the climax, the Golden Deer go through him and reverse his sad backstory, thus changing him to rethink what he has done.
  • Lost World: The bears, Logger Vick, and Coco come across such one, Fantastica, which was hinted of on a cave painting. It carries many fantastical creatures with a human guardian.
  • The Marvelous Deer: The Golden Deer, whose prized Antlers serve as the Cosmic Keystone for Fantastica. The Deer can also change characters' backgrounds for mystical reasons.
  • Medium Blending: The real world is depicted in live-action, compared to the All CGI Alternate Tooniverses.
  • Robot Buddy: Coco is this to her owner and later Logger Vick and the bears.

    The Big Shrink 
  • Shrink Ray: Vick shrinks the bears with one he received from a friend, but gets shrunken along with them.

    Blast into the Past 

    The Wild Life 

    TV movies 

 
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Boonie Bears: The Wild Life

Specifically animorphism with the help of generic engineering. Just strap on this scientifically-advanced bracelet and select the animal you want to be. You'll become a Funny Animal one!



(From the teaser for the English dub of the film)

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