The Little Flying Bears (Croatian: Leteći medvjedići) is an animated television series produced by Zagreb Film and CinéGroupe. It was a Croatian/Canadian co-production which originally aired in 1990.
This cartoon helps children realize the importance of protecting the environment. The series shows the harmful effects of pollution and fires, as well as the important role of the ecosystem.
- Actor Allusion: Sydney the snowy owl is an old lonesome sorcerer (as he claims to be) who lives by himself near the forest. In the Croatian dub of the show he was voiced by the late Josip Bobi Marotti (in "Dr. Skulk" and "Sing for the Rain" at least), a voice actor well known for voicing another old lonesome sorcerer who lives near a forest (except he's clad in black instead of white and has a cat companion by his side).
- Beary Friendly: the flying bears
- Comically Missing the Point: Skulk once had a party with fireworks that went out of control. After the fire was put off, Plato said he hoped Skulk learned his lesson. Skulk said next party would be held closer to the river so it'll be easier to get water.
- Cool Old Guy: Plato
- Failure Is the Only Option: Skulk's plans.
- Gang of Critters
- Giant Spider: Grizelda, the big black spider who lives in the darker parts of the forest.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: In one episode, the bears, Sammy and Skulk celebrate a birthday together.
- Gratuitous English: Even though the English, French, and Croatian themes were sung by different singers - the English theme still feels like it was translated from either French or Croatian without being checked for any grammatical errors before it was recorded (one line is "Where bears can fly, and dreams come true" - the correct saying would be "Where bears can fly, and where dreams can come true")
- Green Aesop: The main M.O. of the show.
- Although it sometimes tends to be taken too far, as a -lot- of human inventions in the show are treated as bad or dangerous, even the useful/harmless ones.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Skulk has a real soft side to him, actually.
- The Hermit: Sidney the snowy owl, who prefers to live in solitude in the icy mountains.
- Laughably Evil: Many villains in the series count.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Sammy. The most notable example was when he not only didn't agree to help Skulk but also warned the flying bears about Skulk's plan.
- Meaningful Name: Plato. Wise old mentor who (along with the rest of the bears, if memory serves) lives in a (not necessarily platonic) cave.
- Obliviously Evil: Skulk and Sammy aren't so much evil as they are greedy and stupid. Any destruction they cause is unintentional, usually because they didn't think through their latest harebrained scheme.
- Sore Loser: The aptly-titled episode "Sore Losers" featured a yearly competition Skulk and Sammy always lose. One year, they took it so bad they bullied the winning team into accepting a rematch.
- Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: Unlike the other villains, Grizelda is shown to be genuinely threatening to the main cast, including Skulk and Sammy. Plato even warns his little bears that she's a monster who'd devour them all when she'd have the chance to, with her webs also being strong enough to effectively hold up to twenty of them.
- The giant mountain serpent counts, too. Once it finally emerges from the mountain, it starts chasing Skulk and very nearly eats Slink (only to quickly spit him out when it finds the taste awful), and basically threatens to devour all of the forest's inhabitants.
- Wicked Weasel: Skulk.