'This is an ultimately charming (and not corny) episodes series, both in its closely knit narrative and its vibrant aesthetics. Shying away from pop culture cliches, it attempts to capture the spirit of the natural surroundings and our communities. Based on the books by Czech author Zbyněk Černík, Hungry Bear Tales are stories of character mismatch, argumentation and final compromise and reconciliation, in a community environment which is more important than the individual stories of heroes and saviours.
Alexandra Májová and Kateřina Karhánková know how to include in their slate stories (like 'The Impostors') who tell of the danger of beautifying animals as cute pets and nothing more; they also resist the temptation to find wacky characters to reach easy laughs; Ned and Mishka are different, but approachable and recognizable as characters; they are the ones to engage with, and take part both in their stories and mishaps. Comedy-wise, the best story is The Great Gathering, while the most dramatic one remains A Bear's Dispute. Character design is engaging in its simplicity, while the color palette nicely contrast between the lighter and the darker in a milky white environment. Animation secures that everything looks like a homemade dish, and there's truth in that; Hungry Bear Tales will inform of our need to live together with others without pretenses and without grand statements. It is delightful and a treat to watch.'
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Hungry Bear Tales by Alexandra Májová and Kateřina Karhánková
Zippy Frames, Vassilis Kroustallis, 9 Novemer 2020
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