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We're Going on a Bear Hunt (2016)

Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, the baby, and Rufus the dog decide to go on an adventure in search of bears.

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Credited cast:
Elsie Cavalier Elsie Cavalier ... Rosie (voice)
Olivia Colman ... Mum (voice)
Pam Ferris ... Grandma (voice)
Ozzie Latta Ozzie Latta ... Max (voice)
Macready Massey Macready Massey ... Stanley (voice)
Michael Rosen Michael Rosen ... The Bear (voice)
Heather Shaw Heather Shaw ... Katie (voice)
Mark Williams ... Dad (voice)
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We're Going on a Bear Hunt follows the intrepid adventures of siblings Stan, Katie, Rosie, Max, a baby and Rufus the dog, who decide one day to go on an adventure in search of bears. Coming up against a host of obstacles the family ventures through swirling whirling snowstorms, thick oozy mud and big dark forests on their ambitious quest. But when Rosie and Rufus become detached from the rest of the party it looks like bear-hunting might not be such fun after all...

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24 December 2016 (UK) See more »

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Premiered on Channel 4 in the UK during Christmas 2016, this short was produced by Lupus Films, the makers of The Snowman and the Snowdog (2012) which premiered on Channel 4 four years earlier during Christmas 2012. See more »

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Who goes bear
25 December 2016 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Michael Rosen's 1989 tale, We're Going on a Bear Hunt has delighted toddlers for years. A tale I read to my own children when they were young.

Four children go for a ramble singing a song about hunting a bear, they are going to catch a big one. Of course Rosen has expressed the words in a way to develop their language skills as they decide if they can go over it, under it or just go through it.

The story was wonderfully illustrated by Helen Oxenbury and now it has been turned into a 30 minutes animated cartoon by Channel 4.

However what should be a 10 minutes cartoon has now been reimagined for the longer running time. It left my son rather confused as he saw bits that he never recalled being in the book.

The cartoon ends up being rather melancholy as it turns to the concept of loss and grief, the children's grandpa having recently died. It also turns to loneliness as the bear is alone and without a friend as he wanders back into his cave. Maybe small kids could end up being less than enchanted over Christmas due to a misjudged ending.

The animation was very good, a lot of detail here and there and of course there is plenty of snow being made by the same company that made The Snowman and the Snowdog.


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