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Recap / We Bare Bears S 3 E 1 Grizzly: The Movie

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A director offers Grizzly the starring role in a movie. Without thinking, Grizzly accepts the role but soon comes to regret it when he learns that the movie is a horror film that depicts bears as scary and dangerous.


  • Acceptable Targets: In-universe, bears were seen this way by the director.
  • Bears Are Bad News: The movie Grizz stars in initially depicted bears as this. Grizzly doesn't like it.
  • Beary Friendly: What the movie ultimately became about after the bears save the film crew from the collapsing set.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The bears pull a rather impressive rescue when the movie set starts to collapse. Grizzly manages to save a mo-cap actor by lifting the boulder he was stuck under. The rescue convinces the director to change the movie to be about a heroic bear.
  • Big Eater: Panda and Ice Bear spend the episode eating from the studio's snack table.
  • Conspicuous CGI: Done intentionally with the mo-cap bear used to replace Grizzly.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The subtext of the episode alludes to harmful stereotypes and how the media perpetuates them by exploiting actors from socially marginalized groups.
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  • Fantastic Racism: If the movie got released with the plot it originally had, Grizzly believed that it may have resulted in bears like him and his brothers being feared and discriminated against.
  • Leaving Audience: After seeing the final movie in which Grizzly is the hero, The bears wonder what the rest of the audience thought. They turn around and find that the theater is empty, except for one little kid who snuck in.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The climax of the episode involves the bears saving the film crew from a collapsing set. The director can be heard ordering everyone into place shouting, "I don't care if it's up to code!"
    Ice Bear: Ice Bear senses impending code violation.
  • Read the Fine Print: Grizzly really should've listened to Panda about reading the contract before signing.
  • Running Gag: Panda and Ice Bear trying to find a place to sit, only to be pushed away by busy stagehands.
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  • Serkis Folk: After Grizzly refuses to continue acting the director replaces him with a mo-cap actor.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Show Within a Show: The titular movie.
  • Slasher Movie: What the movie was originally suppose to be.
  • So Bad, It's Good: In-Universe. Grizzly discusses this in the beginning of the episode.
  • Wag the Director: An In-Universe example. Grizzly unintentionally does this when he keeps acting like he's in an action movie when it's actually a horror movie.


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