Some kids immediately connect with the bad guys or the brave and cliched good guys. Some kids like the wild cards and some kids are drawn to depth that goes past just good and bad. Ever since a young age, I have always been drawn not to good or bad characters but to characters that display great ingenuity and resourcefulness. I don’t care if they are good or bad, as long as they’re smart, I used to say. This is possibly why I love science fiction as an adult, because it’s premise is ingenuity and resourcefulness. But as a child, there was only one bear that was the source for all the ingenious adventures you could handle. And that little bear’s name was Rupert.
It depicted Rupert’s adventures as a clever bear verging on full-on detective. He would leave his sleepy small English hometown and find adventures around the world, adventures that showed you the full breadth of the world. He was eloquent and somewhat suave, but mostly he was too clever to ever be cornered. Clever by a half, you could say. Rupert was a delightful break from afternoons home from school or soccer or just the pace of everyday life. With his little yellow scarf and red sweater, Rupert was ready to face the world because he knew that a little bit of clever resourcefulness goes a long way in bland world.