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Rupert the Bear was a popular show in the early and mid-nineties. However, the Rupert craze actually began in 1920. When the common British newspaper, "The Daily Express", realized that to actually compete with rival newspapers they would need a children's comic. The owner of the paper, Lord Beaverbrook consulted one of his chief editors, R.D. Blumenfield, about this issue. Blumenfield was having a difficult time devising an appropriate character that would be entertaining for the children yet proper enough to please their parents. One day Blumenfield approached another one of the newspaper's prominent editors, Henry Toutel about his dilemma. Toutel informed Blumenfield that his wife was a relatively well-known cartoonist and children's book writer. Henry told his wife, Mary, about the cartoon project. She was able to create the ideal character for the cartoon, so the "Daily Express" offered her the job of creating the comic. Mary excitedly accepted the offer. The first Rupert comic, titled "The Adventures of a Little, Lost Bear" premiered on November 8, 1920. The cartoon consisted of two drawings with a brief caption beneath them. Mary continued to be the sole creator of the cartoon until 1935, when her eyesight began to fail. At that point Alfred Bestall was appointed as Mary's substitute. His term was to be six weeks, but he crafted the cartoon so excellently, that he was given a permanent position. In 1936 the first of an ongoing annual collection of "The Adventures of a Little, Lost Bear" was published in book form. Bestall continued his role as comic artist and writer until his retirement in 1965, thirty years after he took the temporary job. After Bestall's retirement several other local artists replaced him. Even today Rupert's cartoon is being published daily in the "Daily Express". In 1991, an animated series based on the Rupert, the lead character in "The Adventures of a Little, Lost Bear" was released. The television series had slight variations from the comic, and the series was called "The Adventures of Rupert the Bear" was created. This series focused on the life and trials of young bear named, Rupert. Rupert lived in a magical village with his friends and family. Every episode featured one of Rupert's whimsical adventures. The series was a huge hit in Britain because it was much like the comic, except now Rupert was able to reach a wider audience by way of television. Later, Rupert was shown in the United States on Nickelodeon. The series ceased production in 1997, and is no longer aired in the United States, but it is still very popular in England. Rupert and his friends are positive role models for children, so I am certain that they will continue to reach large audiences through television. Here are a few GREAT Rupert the Bear links:

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    • One Of My Nick Jr. Favorites.

      I first heard of the eponymous bear protagonist after I got into watching this series when it originally aired as part of the Nick Jr. block back in the '90s. And I wouldn't know that there was a franchise behind him that began with him being featured in books or comics that goes back for decades until years later. I consider it one of the greatest shows to view when looking for a way to escape from the harshness of reality and delve into adventure and fantasy, which is just exactly what I always loved about it and why I loved it, and still do. I have no idea what one reviewer of this was talking about when he said "you've seen one episode, you've seen them all", but whatever. I don't know what exactly he was looking for or even wanted. None of the episodes are alike to one another and there's something different that takes place in each one. Another thing I like about it is the wholesomeness and it's one of the series I'd still take today over recent rubbish like Secret Mountain Fort Awesome (which I've never seen, but read reviews about on here and they're convincing enough for me to continue avoiding). I'd recommend this to anybody like me who likes more of their shows to be wholesome and not full of moronity or derangement. Also, for all those who are coming into watching a Rupert cartoon for the first time, I'd say to start with this one rather than the newer, CGI one (which I've never seen, but know of because I came across it on TV Tropes), however, I read that it isn't as great, with changes being made to some, certain characters for one thing and I'd still prefer this to that other one. I have many great, fond memories watching this that are a true blast from the past.moreless
    • ah back when nick had good cartoons

      once your old you remember the good old cartoons. Back when cartoons wern't interactive. I wish my neices could watch this. I grew up watching this cartoon and maybe it'll be brought back one day. Its way better than franklin. It was one of the few cartoons that taught a life lesson but was still enjoyable. It had different cultures in it like Ireland and china ect. Rupert had friends all over and taught them that even though their different they can still be friends. Plus it had realistic responsibility issues with the badgers having a baby and having their son help watch her.moreless
    • Warm, fuzzy childhood thoughts.

      I don't know how many times I've seen this show, as a child, but I'm sure it's a countless amount. I love it. I always found the story-lines inventive and entertaining. And I truly love Rupert! :D So cute, and friendly. It seemed to take a different direction than most kid shows do now. Although it was rather predictable, you did know that by the end all the loose ends would be neatly tied up, but come on. Who doesn't want that? Especially as a little kid. Watched it well through my childhood and still would. Adorned the nursery rhymes episode.moreless
    • Better then Franklin, but a little bit boring. Another Nelvana Cartoon I review.

      My 58th review after: Franklin. This cartoon is about some white bear right? he goes on Adventures but A lot better then Franklin. But still a Little bit boring. I don't know what else to say about this. I won't say much here but I'm gonna give this cartoon a C-. Here the results:

      Voice-acting: A++ 10.0/10.0 Rupert has a great english accent voice. Very impressive.

      Animation: D-- 4.0/10.0 A little Ugly.

      Graphics: D-- 4.0/10.0 Very Dirty and not enough color.

      Sound: B 7.0/10.0 Good.

      Dialouge: A- 8.0/10.0 Very well written.

      Educational Value: A- 8.0/10.0 Solid. It teaches kids on how adventures go through.

      Lasting Appeal: D- 4.5/10.0 It gets extermely Boring for the first 10 minutes. If you seen one epiosde, You've seen all of them.

      Overall: C- 5.3/10.0 Ok, That's the end. I'm keeping the review short, because I want to move on sooner and save time. Good day.moreless
    • i used to love watching this

      i've read some of the other reviewer's comments that it was really annoying, and i can really understand that. it's one of them marmite things isn't it; either you love it or you hate it!

      i liked it because it was so imaginitive and not dumbed down like the other kids shows. the characters were also different, which perhaps made it interesting to watch. it always had a good adventure, and a moral at the end of it all. watching rupert do all those good things, i thought it made you feel like a good person inside, because you knew it was the right thing to do. but like others have said, if you were a bit older, it could have seemed a bit uptight, too PC maybe. but i think it was good for the target audience - kids.

      kids consume an aweful lot of tv, i think something like rupert is appropriate for children. some of the 'action' packed cartoons that are on are ok too, and you need a good balance, but increasingly there's not much talent left in making new cartoons these days, and all you get is the mindless stuff that's usually on.

      it would be nice if they still put it on, i think it used to be aired once in a while on one of the UK sky digital kids tv channels. i dunno if it would appeal to kids these days, the competition has probably altered the market.moreless