Popular Cartoon Network show We Bare Bears is the story of three bears living a modern human life in San Francisco.
But at its heart, it’s also a parable about the charms and perils of an increasingly connected society.
The show’s creator, Daniel Chong, said he tries to pick modern references for the show, to reflect his audiences. “We do like to make fun of trends, but we have to be very careful that they’re not things that we know are going to go away quickly,” he said, during a visit to Singapore.
His three protagonists, Grizzly, Panda, and Ice Bear always seem to be chasing internet fame, and the script works in trendy references, often to hilarious effect:
But as “modern” as they are, the bears often struggle to fit in — a deliberate choice by the animator, who grew up in southern California as the child of Singaporean immigrant parents.
“I think a lot of it just stems from feeling like a minority in America,” Chong told Mashable.
“You do feel a little bit like an outsider, you don’t feel like representation is always there, and you don’t have a lot of role models,” he added. “Even in…