We Bare Bears: The Movie

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We Bare Bears: The Movie
Directed byDaniel Chong
Written by
  • Christina Chang
  • Daniel Chong
  • Alex Chiu
  • Manny Hernandez
  • Yvonne Hsuan Ho
  • Quinne Larsen
  • Sang Yup Lee
  • Sooyeon Lee
  • Charlie Parisi
  • Lauren Sassen
  • Sarah Sobole
  • Louie Zong
Story by
  • Mikey Heller
  • Kris Mukai
Based onWe Bare Bears
by Daniel Chong
Produced byCarrie Wilksen
Edited byTom Browngardt
Music byMark Mothersbaugh
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • December 11, 2020 (2020-12-11)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States

We Bare Bears: The Movie is a 2020 American animated comedy movie. It is based on the Cartoon Network television series of the same name.

Production[change | change source]

It was produced by Cartoon Network Studios and Warner Bros. Pictures. It was theatrically released on December 11, 2020. Directed by series creator Daniel Chong from a story by Mikey Heller and Kris Mukai, We Bare Bears: The Movie stars the voices of series regulars Eric Edelstein, Bobby Moynihan and Demetri Martin as the three titular bears Grizz, Panda, and Ice Bear; joined by Marc Evan Jackson as Agent Trout and Keith Ferguson as Officer Murphy. This movie is the series finale of We Bare Bears.

Voice cast and characters[change | change source]

  • Eric Edelstein as Grizzly "Grizz", a grizzly bear and the eldest of the Bear brothers. Highly sociable yet socially inept, he among the Bears had the most desire to be accepted and loved by society and cares deeply for the well-being of his younger siblings.
  • Bobby Moynihan as Panda, a panda bear and the middle brother. A hopeless romantic, he often changes his online personality to be perceived as a "cool guy".
    • Max Mitchell as Baby Panda.
  • Demetri Martin as Ice Bear, a polar bear and the youngest of the Bear brothers. Monotonous and stoic, he always speaks in third person and one-liners and has a variety of skills which prove to be useful in situations.
    • Mitchell as Baby Ice Bear.
  • Marc Evan Jackson as Agent Trout, a Wildlife Control agent, intent on capturing the Bears and separating them from human society and themselves, who is later defeated and arrested by Officer Murphy.
  • Keith Ferguson as Officer Murphy, who is adamant about punishing the Bears for their antics. Ferguson also voices additional characters in the film.
  • Jason Lee as Charlie, a Bigfoot friend of the Bears, who is also a yoga instructor and helped free the bears from Trout after some help from Brenda and his animal friends.
  • Patton Oswalt as Nom Nom, an internet sensation koala.
  • Charlyne Yi as Chloe Park, a collegiate child prodigy and a friend of the Bears.
  • Mel Rodriguez as Darrell Saragosa, a friend of the Bears who works at a computer mouse shop.
  • Cameron Esposito as Ranger Dana Tabes, a friend of the Bears who works as a park ranger near their home.
  • Ellie Kemper as Lucy, a friend of the Bears who sells and delivers fresh produce.
  • Travina Springer as Dramatic Cow, an internet-famous animal.
  • Sarah Sobole as Angry Kitty, an internet-famous cat.
  • Josh Cooley as Painting Elephant, an internet-famous elephant.
  • Amber Liu as Jojo Raccoon, an internet-famous racoon.
  • Jimmy O. Yang as Joey Raccoon, an internet-famous racoon and Jojo's brother.
  • Fabrizio Guido as Pizza Rat, an internet-famous rat desperate for followers.
  • James Trevena-Brown as Jacked Kangaroo, an internet-famous kangaroo.
  • Brian Stevenson as Southern Owl, an internet-famous owl.
  • Peter Jessop as the Canadian Border Guard
  • Erin Fitzgerald as the Canadian poutine truck seller
  • Additional Voices: Daniel Chong, Travina Springer, Josh Cooley, Ben Diskin, Keith Ferguson, Erin Fitzgerald, Ace Gibson, Grey Griffin, Manny Hernandez, Maggie Lowe, Edi Patterson, Kevin Michael Richardson, Stephanie Sheh, Rick Zieff

Production[change | change source]

According to We Bare Bears series creator Daniel Chong, he was approached by the Cartoon Network staff with an idea for a feature film based on the series in 2018.[1] Despite having no previous experience in film, Chong accepted the proposal, drawing from his feature animation practice and reasoning that the characters he created have an emotional depth in them and capabilities he knew that could be sustained for a long period of time. Due to the then-continuing production of the series, Chong and his team had to prepare the film while finishing the episodes at the same time, which took over several months. The film's story was written by Mikey Heller and Kris Mukai, the main writers of the series. While writing it, they were inspired by the 2018 California wildfires and the Trump administration family separation policy that were occurring at the time, which lead to a family being separated from each other as a central theme to a forest fire being written in the story's climax. Chong remarked that sensitive topic such as those wouldn't appear to be ideal in the main children's television series. He also wanted the main themes within the series to be displayed in the film, such as diversity and the reason for anthropomorphic characters.

Chong remarked that the original treatment of the film was centered around the three Bears. But to balance the heavy themes, the film's core was shifted to be centralized around Grizz. The original meeting sequence was first written with the three bears reminiscing it but was rewritten to be focused on Grizz, who, as Chong felt, as the eldest of the brothers, was faced with the heaviest burdens and was most concerned with everyone's well-being. Chong also remarked that he was initially opposed to the addition of the other captive bears, as it could risk the main characters as uninteresting. The film was finalized as the Bears' final adventure and a conclusion to the original We Bare Bears series, though Chong had expressed intentions for it to continue to spin-offs, among other different ways. This was before he announced that he'll be departing Cartoon Network to work on another project. The animation on the film was produced by Rough Draft Studios and Saerom Animation, which had previously animated the television series.

Music[change | change source]

We Bare Bears: The Movie (Original Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
We Bare Bears
ReleasedDecember 4, 2020 (2020-12-04)
ProducerMark Mothersbaugh

A soundtrack single for the film was released on December 4, 2020, by WaterTower Music.[2]

Track listin

All songs written and composed by Daniel Chong, Estelle Swaray, Ivan Barias, and Louie Zong. 

We Bare Bears: The Movie (Original Soundtrack)
No. Title Length
1. "We'll Be There (Extended Version)" (featuring Estelle) 1:33
2. "On the Road to Canada" (featuring Eric Edelstein, Bobby Moynihan and Demetri Martin) 2:22
3. "Place for Me" (featuring Sam Lavagnino) 0:47
Total length:

References[change | change source]

  1. Kelley, Shamus (July 2, 2020). "The Making of We Bare Bears: The Movie". Den of Geek. Retrieved July 6, 2020.
  2. "We Bare Bears: The Movie (Original Soundtrack) - Single by We Bare Bears". Apple Music. Retrieved July 1, 2020.

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