FILM REVIEW: ‘Brigsby Bear’ is the children’s show you wish was real
25-year-old James Pope’s (Kyle Mooney) only interest is “Brigsby Bear Adventures,” a 90s-esque educational children’s show mixing “Barney & Friends” with “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers.” His room is filled with show memorabilia and it is the only thing he talks about with his parents.
Airing weekly new episodes all of James’ life, the show is suddenly canceled. Moving on from a lifelong obsession is difficult, which was the case for James when he couldn’t stop talking about Brigsby Bear at a high school party.
James, along with his new friends, give Brigsby Bear a second chance at life when they decide to make a film, turning fan fiction into canon.
The oddity of a grown man invested in a children’s show starts off as creepy, but after seeing James’ genuine joy, it’s hard to not become a fan. Despite its cheesy graphics and childish lessons, “Brigsby Bear Adventures” looks to be an interesting show and it is a shame that it does not exist.
“Brigsby Bear” celebrates creativity, independent filmmaking with a group of friends and not letting our inner-child die out. Instead of being mocked for his juvenile obsession, James is accepted as the people around him start to enjoy the show which brings the best out of him.
Written by Mooney and produced by comedy trio The Lonely Island, this “Saturday Night Live” ensemble creates odd comedy focusing on fan culture, nostalgia and childhood obsessions. Cameo appearances from Mark Hamill, Andy Samber and Viner Chance Crimin add to the great performance of the main cast.
No matter how weird or lame something seems, don’t belittle a person for his or her interests if they are not harmful. This sounds like a lesson that would be taught in “Brigsby Bear Adventures,” but let people enjoy things without making them feel bad about their genuine joy.