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From left to right: Muzi, Zhi Peng, Xiao Mi, Ray, and Ellie.
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Our Friend Xiong Xiao Mi, also known as Our Friend Remy Bear in other regions, is a Chinese animated children's television series which aired as a segment on the children's show Zhi Hui Shu ("Tree of Wisdom"). The series began airing circa 2013 and ran for 52 episodes.

The show revolves around the adventures of Xiao Mi the bear and his animal friends, Zhi Peng the penguin, Ray the lion, Muzi the moose, and Ellie the elephant.

A few years after the original show ended its run, Our Friend Xiong Xiao Mi got a revival series called A Little Artist Xiong Xiao Mi, where Xiao Mi now gets help from the Magic Brush to draw certain animals and other objects to help he and his friends resolve that episode's conflict. The revival series is intended to teach children how to draw said objects.

The original show is available in both Chinese and English on Miao Mi, a website meant to teach children the Chinese language which hosts several Chinese cartoons to help children practice learning the language.

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Our Friend Xiong Xiao Mi provides examples of:

  • Alien Episode: One episode is about Xiao Mi and friends meeting a pair of aliens named General Miru and Leping who landed on Earth by accident.
  • Amazing Technicolor Wildlife: In the episode "Goodbye, Zhi Peng", Xiao Mi and the gang paint Zhi Peng's penguin friends in various bright colors such as yellow, purple, and light blue.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: The Magic Brush from A Little Artist Xiong Xiao Mi is a pencil with a winged head on it.
  • Art Initiates Life: In A Little Artist Xiong Xiao Mi, the Magic Brush gives Xiao Mi magic crayons to draw animals, which come to life once they're drawn.
  • Balloonacy:
    • In her Birthday Episode, Muzi is given so many balloons that she ends up being unable to touch the ground.
    • In another episode, Xiao Mi and his friends try to get a fallen star back into the sky. How do they go about doing this? By tying a lot of balloons to it so that it'll float back up.
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  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: None of the characters wear shoes.
  • Birthday Episode: Two of them; one is about Ray's birthday while the other is about Muzi's birthday.
  • Black Bead Eyes: All of the characters have small black dots for eyes.
  • Blush Sticker: The blushes on the characters' faces are solid circles with no shading whatsoever.
  • The Bus Came Back: Zhi Peng returns for A Little Artist Xiong Xiao Mi after having left at the end of the original series.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Ellie saves a bee which is unable to get out of a puddle of water right before being given so many balloons that she starts floating too high up in the sky for the others to reach. Ellie would have had a much more difficult time getting back down had she not saved that bee, which comes back to pop the balloons and bring her back to the ground.
  • Christmas Episode: The Christmas episode is about Santa Claus looking for a reindeer to pull his sleigh. He decides to offer the job to one of Xiao Mi's friends, a red-nosed reindeer named Xiao Lu.
  • Conspicuous CG: One episode is about Xiao Mi and Zhi Peng finding a tadpole in a puddle. Said tadpole is quite obviously a CGI model.
  • The Dentist Episode: One of the episodes is about Booker the alligator eating too many lollipops and having to visit the dentist because of it.
  • Expy:
    • Xiao Mi is a bear with yellow fur who wears nothing but a shirt and likes to eat honey. Sound familiar?
    • On a meta level, the show uses an art style greatly resembling that of Peppa Pig.
  • Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Most of the characters wear nothing but a shirt.
  • Market-Based Title: The logo in the show's intro translates the title as Our Friend Xiong Xiao Mi while other countries give the English translation as Our Friend Remy Bear.
  • New Season, New Name: A while after the end of the original season Our Friend Xiong Xiao Mi, it got another season titled A Little Artist Xiong Xiao Mi.
  • Nobody Poops: Averted. The entire plot of one of the episodes is that Muzi finds it hard to use the bathroom and starts feeling uncomfortable from it, and Xiao Mi and the others help her to go to the bathroom.
  • Non-Indicative Name: The Magic Brush from A Little Artist Xiong Xiao Mi is actually a pencil.
  • Put on a Bus: Zhi Peng decides to stay with his penguin friends in the South Pole in the penultimate episode, "Goodbye, Zhi Peng", and as such does not appear in the series finale which follows it.
  • Santa Claus: Santa appears in the Christmas Episode looking for a reindeer to help pull his sleigh.
  • Snowlems: Of the "friendly" variety. Xiao Mi and the gang at one point make friends with a snowgirl named Baby Snowy.
  • Through a Face Full of Fur: Several of the characters are animals with fur, and yet they're constantly shown with visible face blushes.
  • Toothy Bird: Zhi Peng the penguin has teeth.
  • World of Funny Animals: All of the characters are anthropomorphic animals. Well, okay, not all of them, but the majority of characters are anthropomorphic animals, and the only human that ever appears is Santa Claus.

Alternative Title(s): Our Friend Remy Bear

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