movies Do an excellent job portraying animals as charming and harmless creatures that successfully improve their image in the eyes of the world. Take bears for example, they are ferocious animals that one would normally avoid interacting with. However, their fictional counterparts are a whole other story. Hollywood movies have used bears as their mascots for decades. Normal bears, teddy bears, CGI bears, animated bears, there is no shortage of bears in the fantasy world of Hollywood.
Over the years, these cuddly creatures have become symbols of warmth, friendship and family. If there is a movie with a bear in the lead role, the audience already knows that this movie is going to be a healthy treat that deserves to be watched with friends and family. Some fictional bears have become icons today, sprouting their own franchises and becoming popular worldwide. Here are five of the most iconic bears in movies that have made their way into the hearts of people around the world.
5/5 the sand
The word Balu is derived from the Urdu/Hindi word “balu” which literally means bear. This fuzzy blue-gray sloth bear made its first appearance back The Jungle Book A movie back in 1967. Balu is a strict but caring teacher living in the jungles of India. Balu had a knack for performing musically in everything. His songs are so quirky and fun that they always leave the audience smiling.
Baloo initially lives a carefree life with no responsibilities but then takes the man-cub Mowgli under his wing to teach him the laws of the jungle. Mowgli turned out to be Baloo’s toughest student. But Baloo soon developed a deep familial bond with Mowgli. Along with Bagheera (the panther), Balu saved Mowgli from a ferocious Shere Khan, a tiger waiting to devour him.
Paddington’s first self-titled film Paddington In 2014. Everything was initially against it in the movie, but once Paddington landed on the audience’s screen, he charmed them with his charm and demeanor. Paddington lived with his aunt and uncle deep in the jungles of Peru, but when an earthquake hit them, he lost both his uncle and his home. His aunt then tells him to seek solace in London where Bear’s old friend once lived.
Paddington wears a red hat and a blue coat. He is a sweet and selfless mammal, who is also very intelligent. As smart as he is, Paddington still has trouble settling into the sprawling city of London, leading to many complications. First Paddington The movie quickly made Paddington an icon, which soon led to the release of its sequel titled Paddington 2 In 2017.
3/5 Yogi Bear
Created by Hanna-Barbera, Yogi Bear is an anthropomorphic bear who initially began his career as a side character. Huckleberry Hound Show. But the lovable bear soon became more popular than his co-star. Yogi is considered the first breakout character in the history of animated television, making him one of the most iconic bears of all time.
He went on to star in his own show The Yogi Bear Show In 1961. He has since acted in many media including movies, television series, and even musicals. Yogi has such a simple design and despite that, his charisma still amazes the audience every time. Unlike other bears, Yogi always has to do things his own way. To help him in his wacky adventures is another iconic little bear called Bubu, who often has to act as Yogi’s conscience.
2/5 Winnie the Pooh
Who doesn’t know Winnie the Pooh? This yellow fuzz ball has been promoting the message of friendship for as long as the animated show has existed. Pooh is an easy-going, honey-loving, and deeply caring bear who loves his many friends who live in the Hundred Acre Woods. Pooh himself is as pale as honey and wears a red shirt to create an effective contrast. Since his debut in animated media in 1988, Pooh has become one of the most influential and iconic animated characters of all time.
Created by AA Milne, Pooh has a gentle nature and although he doesn’t seem like it at first, is very intelligent. But what really makes him resonate with children and adults alike is his innocence and selflessness. Not only was Pooh a beloved friend to Christopher Robin and the other animals of the Hundred Acre Woods, but also to all the 90s kids who grew up watching him. Recently Pooh has also made his CGI live-action debut which has been brought back to the big screen.
1/5 Kung Fu Panda-Po
Voiced by Jack Black, Poe is a panda who wants to be more than he’s been taught. Born in a panda farming village, Po lost both his parents when he was young and ended up in the care of his adopted swan father, Mr. Ping. Together, the two run a successful noodle shop in the fictional China, The Valley of Peace. However, Po’s admiration for kung fu and its warriors made him want to learn the art for himself.
Since becoming a dragon warrior and defeating Tai Lung in the first Kung Fu Panda Movie released in 2008, Poe has become one of the most popular animated characters today. This panda has starred in three movies and several spin-off television series. Poe’s mainstream popularity has made him the king of fictional bears, and he doesn’t seem to be throwing in the towel anytime soon. DreamWorks Animation has just confirmed that the fourth Kung Fu Panda A movie is also in production, only strengthening the franchise’s status.
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