All together now ...
All together now ... (Photo: Royal Brevvaxling)
Do bears really have fingers like that?
Do bears really have fingers like that? (Photo: Royal Brevvaxling)
Side view.
Side view. (Photo: Royal Brevvaxling)
Soul bear.
Soul bear. (Photo: Royal Brevvaxling)
Solo time.
Solo time. (Photo: Royal Brevvaxling)
The eyes. Oh, the eyes.
The eyes. Oh, the eyes. (Photo: Royal Brevvaxling)
Lots of mall for the big bear sounds.
Lots of mall for the big bear sounds. (Photo: Royal Brevvaxling)

Creepy or cute: mechanical Christmas bears at the mall

Every holiday season for the past 11 years, these musical, mechanical bears return to The Shops Of Grand Avenue, and every year I ask myself the same question: are they creepy or cute?

There is no right or wrong answer to this. If you focus in on the auto-blinking eyelids or the fact someone actually took the time to name all of them – little name cards reveal their monikers are Clive, Bentley, Hornsby, etc. – then they might tweak your creep-o-meter.

But if you stand back – particularly with a believer child in tow – and you behold the band of baby grizzlies belting out "Here Comes Santa Claus," suddenly they are a little less eerie. 

Furthermore, if you allow your mind to wander back two or three decades to that mall your mom or dad liked and the happiness you felt being there during the holidays, well, suddenly those bears are really kinda adorbs. 

Until their hinged jaw flaps.

But regardless of  your thoughts on the yuletide teddies, keep this in mind: according to former Grand Avenue Mall assistant manager, Tracy Korpela, the bears will get dressed in Packers gear when the Pack plays the Bears on Dec. 29.

And, once again, we’re back to the original question.

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Crew_Dat | Nov. 19, 2013 at 9:39 a.m. (report)

I believe my reaction every year is "Ah - those f____ bears again!". Neither cute nor creepy, but annoying.

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