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'The Berenstain Bears: Bear Family Vacation'
(2-Disc DVD / G / 2020 / PBS Kids)

Overview: It's time to hit the road with the Bear Family!

First, the family arrives at a mountain cabin. Although Papa promises the best vacation ever, things don't go according to plan!

Then, the family heads to an amusement park where brother boasts to his friends that he can ride the thunderbolt rollercoaster.

Plus, the family tours Bear Country's National Parks, hosts a family reunion and more!

DVD Verdict: For those not in the know, 'The Berenstain Bears' began as a children's literature franchise created by Stan and Jan Berenstain and continued by their son, Mike Berenstain; who assumed partial authorship in 2002, and full authorship in 2012 following Jan's death.

The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story.

Indeed, since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages.

Of course, as we know, 'The Berenstain Bears' franchise has also expanded well beyond the books, encompassing two television series and a wide variety of other products and licenses.

While enjoying decades of popularity and receiving numerous awards, the series has been applauded for portraying many tales of bravery, caring for others, and learning responsibility well beyond The Bears' young years.

Furthermore, 'The Berenstain Bears' is sensibly written to appeal to younger children (preschool and kindergarten age) and teach them values at the same time.

In this age of redundant stupidity in entertainment, parents need a show like this one to help illustrate how fair life should be, and give a firm footing to children, not overwhelm them with glitz, glam and gloss.

By keeping plots simple and allowing children to follow along at their level, this show simply teaches children how to be fair, consider other's feelings and have good sportsmanship.

These are core values which are not being taught to children at daycare dumps or underfunded public schools, in my humble opinion.

In the main episode, 'Too Much Vacation,' the family getaway is a disaster: the cabin's roof leaks, the lake is muddy, and the mosquitoes are ravenous.

But when the bears return home and develop their snapshots, they laugh and laugh, fully enjoying the worst vacation they've ever had!

So yeah, The Berenstain Bears learn yet another important in this installment of their series: there's no place like home. Many things go wrong on their trip, but they happily laugh at photos of it once they returned to the safety of their home.

In closing, here in 'The Berenstain Bears: Bear Family Vacation' we get a wonderful 80 minutes of tales encompassing six (6) singular episodes: Too Much Vacation - Visit Fun Park - The Haunted Lighthouse - By the Sea - Car Trip - Family Get-Together. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

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