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Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Gummi.jpg
Format Animated series
Created by Jymn Magon
Art Vitello
Starring (See Character lists below)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 67 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 22 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC 1985-1989

ABC 1989-1990
Syndicated 1990-1991
Disney Channel 1991-1996

Toon Disney April 18, 1998-December 28, 2001
Original run September 14, 1985 – February 22, 1991

Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears is an American animated television series that aired in the United States in the mid-1980s through the early 1990s. The series was the first animated production by Walt Disney Animation Television, and loosely inspired by the gummi bear candies; Disney CEO Michael Eisner was struck with inspiration for the show when his son requested the candies one day.[1] The series premiered on NBC on September 14, 1985, and aired there for four seasons. The series moved to ABC for one season from 1989–1990, and concluded on September 6, 1991 as part of the Disney Afternoon television syndication package. Of the series' 65 shows, 30 were double-features, consisting of two 11-minute cartoons, thereby bringing the series total to 95 distinct episodes overall. The show is well-remembered for its theme music, written by Michael and Patty Silversher.

The series was later rebroadcast on the syndicated Disney Afternoon block, and rerun on the Disney Afternoon through the summer of 1991. In later years, it was shown on the Disney Channel and Toon Disney, with its most recent televised airing occurring on Toon Disney on December 28, 2001. Seasons 1 to 3 of the series were released on DVD on November 14, 2006.[2]

Contents

Premise

The series focuses on the escapades of the eponymous "Gummi Bears," anthropomorphic bears who are the last remnants of a once-great civilization of Gummis that fled the land centuries ago when humans, jealous of the advancements and magical skills of the Gummi Bears, forced the species into exile. Now regarded by most of humankind as fairytales, the show's main cast of Gummi Bears (six in number at the outset of the series, increased to seven during the third season) live in the vast subterranean warren of Gummi Glen in the medieval kingdom of Dunwyn.

The Gummis' modern adventures begin when they are discovered by a human boy named Cavin who happens to have a Gummi Medallion, found by his grandfather many years earlier. After he accidentally enters the colony's underground home of Gummi Glen, they capture and interrogate the boy as to how he gained the medallion. During the questioning, Cavin escapes after Tummi inadvertently gives him Gummiberry Juice to drink, but refuses to cause any harm and attempts to befriend the reclusive bears. Impressed by this civilized behavior, they make him swear to keep their confidence and make him a privileged friend of the colony. The medallion magically unlocks the colony's Great Book of Gummi, an essential reference guide to the forgotten knowledge of the Gummi Bears. Inspired by its writings, the colony resolves to rediscover their heritage and help Dunwyn defend against evil. Later, another human from Dunwyn accidentally learns that the Gummi Bears are real: the young daughter of the king, Princess Calla. She also promises to keep the Gummis' existence a secret. In subsequent seasons the Gummis would befriend or be discovered by other friendly humans.

The main antagonist of both Dunwyn and the Gummis is Duke Sigmund Igthorn, a renegade noble with an army of ogres, from the neighboring province of Drekmore. Unfortunately, in stopping Igthorn's attempt to bombard his enemies with a grand catapult, the Gummi Bears alert him to their presence. Igthorn will stop at nothing to discover and exploit their secrets to become invincible and capture Dunwyn Castle. Chief among his primary goals is gaining a reliable supply of the Gummi Bears' vital strategic substance, Gummiberry Juice, a magic potion that endows Gummi bears with bouncing abilities, but gifts humans (or ogres) with momentary super-strength as well as other numerous uses, including serving as fuel for mechanical machines.

In addition to combating Igthorn's ambition, the Gummis regularly encounter other evil humans and magical beings ranging from wizards to gods, all the while attempting to hide their existence from the world at large. One of the show's main recurring storylines outside of the schemes of Igthorn is the mystery of the ancient Gummis, who are now scattered all across the world, but who have left advanced technology behind them.

Characters

Gummi Bears

The seven gummies who live in Gummi Glen are:

  • Gruffi Gummi (Bill Scott (Season 1), Corey Burton (Seasons 2-6)) - A perfectionist with leadership qualities.
  • Zummi Gummi (Paul Winchell (Seasons 1–5), Jim Cummings (Season 6)) - The colony's "keeper of Gummi wisdom" turned magician. Has a fear of heights.
  • Grammi Gummi (June Foray) - The matriarch of the Gummi clan, she cooks and cleans and prepares the Gummiberry Juice, a skill that is privileged to a select few among the Gummies themselves.
  • Tummi Gummi (Lorenzo Music) - A teenager. Talented boat pilot, gardener, craftsman.
  • Sunni Gummi (Katie Leigh) - The preteen of the group. Dreams of being a princess.
  • Cubbi Gummi (Noelle North) - The youngest Gummi. An aspiring knight and vigilante.
  • Gusto Gummi (Rob Paulsen) - Augustus ("Gusto" for short) is an artistic, individualist Gummi who was stranded on a deserted island for twelve years with only a chatty toucan for company. Lives apart from the group.

Episodes

DVD releases

On November 14, 2006, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears: Volume 1 on DVD in Region 1. The 3-disc set features seasons 1-3 and does not contain any bonus features.

DVD Name Ep# Release Date
Disney's Adventures Of The Gummi Bears: Volume 1 47 November 14, 2006
Disney's Adventures Of The Gummi Bears: Volume 2 48 TBA

In the UK, Amazon released an exclusive box set in Region 2 (PAL), in seven volumes (also separate). The 7 DVD Boxset is currently unavailable, but all 7 discs (Volumes) are available separately at time of writing.

Significance

Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears was Disney's first major serialized animated television series (it was released back to back with another show, The Wuzzles, which lasted only 13 episodes), and is often credited by animators and animation historians as having helped jump start the television animation boom of the late 1980s and 1990s. Consequently, it also became the forerunner to Disney's famous Disney Afternoon timeslot, which gave way to other famous serialized Disney television series, such as DuckTales, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, Darkwing Duck, Gargoyles, and Bonkers. Although many of these subsequently-created shows exceeded Gummi Bears in budget and length, it is often credited as the sort of prototype to all of the subsequent animation which followed it, with DuckTales really jumpstarting the trend.

Additionally, while not having the largest number of total episodes, Gummi Bears has the biggest number of seasons of any Disney animated series. Whereas other shows simply produced large numbers of episodes for each of their seasons (DuckTales, for instance, had 100 episodes over three years), Gummi Bears is unique in that it was actually annually renewed for new episodes over six consecutive years, a feat which few other children's animated series can boast even today.

The show was so successful in the United Kingdom that the episodes A New Beginning and Faster than a Speeding Tummi were released as theatrical featurettes there in 1986 and 1987.

Other appearances of Gummi Bears in other media included one appearance of Gruffi Gummi starring in a D-TV music video of the Elvis Presley song "Teddy Bear" in 1986.[3]

The show's popularity also led to a re-theming of Disneyland's Motor Boat Cruise, along with a small part of Disneyland that became known as "Disney Afternoon Avenue." The Motor Boat Cruise became the "Motor Boat Cruise to Gummi Glen" and plywood characters from the show made Gummiberry Juice along the waterway. The Gummi Bears, and on occasion human characters such as Duke Igthorn, Princess Calla, or King Gregor, have also been featured as meetable characters in Disney theme parks who greet guests.

References

  1. ^ "Waldenbooks for Kids", June 1986
  2. ^ ultimatedisney.com
  3. ^ www.imdb.com

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985-1991) was an animated TV series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. The show was animated by several overseas Disney TV animation studios as well as other studios (i.e., TMS Entertainment).

List of episodes

Season 2

My Gummi Lies Over The Ocean

Gusto: It's my hat, isn't it? You don't like it.

Gusto: You may not believe it, Tummi, but art involves a lot of pain... and suffering!
Tummi (with Gusto standing on his shoulders): I believe it, I believe it.

Season 3

Day of the Beevilweevils

Gusto: You know, someday I'll bet people will pay for a ride like that!

Close Encounters of the Gummi Kind

[Zummi and Grammi examine Gusto's Gummi Dummy]
Zummi: It looks a little like Gruffi.
Grammi: [tapping the dummy] There's definitely a resemblance!

[Gusto's Gummi Dummy leads the ogres away from Gummi Glen]
Gusto: It's my Gummi Dummy! Hah, it's leading them away!
Gruffi: I have to admit, for a bad idea it worked pretty well. So... how do you bring it back to reset it?
Gusto: Bring it back... [sheepishly and nervously] Heh heh heh... whoops.

Cast

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