Over the past 100+ years, teddy bears have been given the distinction of being more human than bear. They have been best friend, constant companion, protector and confidant to more than a few. Teddy bears have been there through illness, heartache and sorrow, pain, and loneliness. They have been there, for many of us, through infancy, childhood, puberty, adulthood, and old age. They have been the one, true constant in a world that forever threatens to pull the rug from under us.
We will ever be thankful for their loyalty and companionship. They have become so much a part of our families that some of us have written stories, books, and poetry about them. Most of these writings depict the teddy bear as having adventures, (many with friends) fighting villains, and getting into human-like situations.
Winnie The Pooh, is a bear that is very fond of hunny, has wonderful adventures with his best friend Christopher Robin (among others) in the 100 acre wood. He is a very resourceful bear who loves to sing and recite poetry.
Paddington Bear is another teddy, from darkest Peru, who gets involved with the human aspect of every day life. He could never be truly human, it just wouldn’t work out.
Rupert seems to find himself in very human situations, trouble just seems to find him no matter how hard he tries to keep it away.
Yogi Bear is very set on finding human ways to get pic-in-ic baskets away from humans visiting Jellystone National Park where he lives in a cave. His best friend, Boo-Boo bear, is loyal and will help him in any scheme he dreams up.
Teddy Ruxpin can spin a yarn and tell a tale with the best of them. His inspirational stories and songs teach children what to do to be good and decent.
The Berenstein Bears are a family of bears that live in a tree in very a human way. They even have a car that Papa Bear drives.
Baloo, that big, friendly bear from The Jungle Book. Has taken on some human traits of his own. After starring in The Jungle Book movie, he went on to fly a plane in the animated cartoon, Tailspin.
The Care Bears are a group of teddy bears who perform as humans do. Each of them has an uplifting message for children and a personal motto they live by.
Fozzie Bear, is surely one of the happiest Muppets around. He is quite human-like and has starred on Sesame Street, the Muppet Show, and The Muppet movies.
The Gummi Bears are another bear family with human actions. Like many human families the Grandmother and Grandfather live with them.
A bear played the part of Little John in Disney’s animated version of Robin Hood. He played a good Little John and was very loyal to Robin Hood who was played by a fox.
Smokey the bear has been around for a very long time warning people how to prevent forest fires.
Snuggle, that snuggly soft bear is a spokesman in commercials for fabric softeners. Although these bears have differing human traits, they all have one thing in common. They all speak English.