I’ve always had a soft spot for Rupert Bear. He’s a very sweet character with zero flaws. But he’s not the kind of character where you hate him so much for being perfect, you just end up loving him more. I was lucky enough to live in England for 3 years and in my town they had a Heritage Museum featuring Rupert Bear. It was pretty random and weird, but I accepted it and loved it.
Rupert is a white bear who lives in the English countryside with his mother and father. This show was originally aired in the 70’s, but it was also aired in the 90’s on Nickelodeon and CBS. Not sure if they are two different versions or not…too lazy to look it up/ I don’t really care. Actually, the show is based off of a book series that was around way before the 70’s. I think I’m making stuff up already and it’s only the second paragraph. I’m going to go ahead and assume that Rupert is a polar bear which is weird because shouldn’t he be living in the Arctic? He has a sweet little British accent and has many friends to go on adventures with. Unlike Little Bear, Rupert and his friends actually wear clothes because they’re modest, upstanding citizens.
Rupert’s best friend is Bill Badger who is definitely a stereotypical English type of friend. He’s kind of like Ron Weasley from Harry Potter, but less afraid of things. Bill and Rupert make a good team even though they have old man names.
Other friends include Podgy Pig, Algy Pug, Pong Ping, and Tiger Lily. If you judge them from their names, it’s pretty easy to figure out what their character is like. Podgy is a chunky pig who likes food and isn’t ashamed of it. His appetite tends to get the gang in bad situations so everyone finds Podgy slightly annoying. I don’t know what the creators were going for with this one. Maybe trying to teach the dangers of being gluttonous? And by dangers, I mean fun.
Algy is a confident pug that overestimates his abilities often. Also, he’s a pug. I have to give props to the animators for trying to draw a believable pug. Algy looks more like a long lost relative of Podgy’s than a pug but oh well. A for effort.
Pong Ping is a pekinese dog from China. He is very wise and his name is basically the best part of the entire show. He’s a fun friend for Rupert to have because one time he took him to China in his underground elevator. That alone is a big perk to being friends with Pong Ping. And of course he knows everything about everything so I’m sure he gives good advice. And I’m pretty sure being friends with him would bring honor to your family. Jus’ sayin’.
Tiger Lily is the only human on the show which ruins everything. Either let Nutwood be full of animals living in houses, or let it be full of people living in houses. IT CANNOT BE BOTH. Wayy too much confusion. Tiger Lily is also from China which is weird. Like, there’s too much of an Asian influence in this quaint British town to make this feel believable. That being said, I do like Tiger Lily’s name solely because it’s my go-to Lazer Tag name.
As soft and sweet as Rupert and his gang are, they get into some great adventures. There are castles and knights, and magic, and time machines and basically anything you can think of. Oh and China. Lots of China.