Adventures of the Gummi Bears

Adventures of the Gummi Bears is an American animated television series that first aired in the United States from 1985 to 1991.[1] The series was the first animated production by Walt Disney Television and loosely inspired by the gummy bear candies; Disney CEO Michael Eisner was struck with inspiration for the show when his son requested the candies one day.[2] 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 to 1990 (airing alongside The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh as the Gummi Bears-Winnie the Pooh Hour) and concluded on September 6, 1991, as part of the Disney Afternoon television syndication package.[3]

Adventures of the Gummi Bears
Genre
Created by
  • Michael Eisner (uncredited)
  • Art Vitello (uncredited)
  • Jymn Magon (uncredited)
Starring
  • Bill Scott
  • Paul Winchell
  • June Foray
  • Lorenzo Music
  • Katie Leigh
  • Noelle North
  • Rob Paulsen
  • Corey Burton
  • Jim Cummings
  • Michael Rye
  • Christian Jacobs
  • Brett Johnson
  • David Faustino
  • Jason Marsden
  • R. J. Williams
  • Roger C. Carmel
  • Brian Cummings
  • Bob Holt
  • Howard Morris
  • Walker Edmiston
Theme music composerSilversher & Silversher
Opening theme"Gummi Bears Theme"
Ending theme"Gummi Bears Theme" (instrumental)
Composers
  • Thomas Chase
  • Steve Rucker
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes65 (95 segments) (list of episodes)
Production
Producers
  • Art Vitello
  • Rich Fogel
  • Mark Seidenberg
  • David Block
  • Tad Stones
  • Alan Zaslove
Running time22 minutes
Production companyWalt Disney Television Animation
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Release
Original network
Picture format
Audio format
  • Mono (Seasons 1–2)
  • Stereo (Seasons 3–6)
Original releaseSeptember 14, 1985 (1985-09-14) 
February 22, 1991 (1991-02-22)

Of the series' 65 shows, 30 consisted 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, and for the "gummiberry juice", a type of magic potion granting the bears the ability to bounce away from their foes.[4][5] When given to humans, however, the juice temporarily grants them superhuman strength. The theme song was performed by Joseph Williams.[6]

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 (from October 7, 1991)[7] to at least January 1997[8] and later on Toon Disney, with its most recent televised airing occurring on December 28, 2001. Seasons 1 to 3 of the series were released on DVD on November 14, 2006.[9] On November 12, 2019, the series was released on Disney+.

Characters

The Gummi-Glen Bears (from left to right): Cubbi, Sunni, Gruffi, Zummi, Tummi and Grammi.

Gummi Bears are anthropomorphic bears who have a long and rich history and are relatively unknown to the humans of the world who believe that the bears are legends and fairy tales. In series continuity, it is said that in ancient times (about 500 years before the events of the series) the Great Gummies and humans lived peacefully together side by side, but for reasons left undetailed (it is suggested in the episodes "Light Makes Right" and "The Knights of Gummadoon" that the more malevolent humans craved the magical and mechanical advancements of the Gummi Bears and threatened them with war) the Great Gummies were forced to flee and sail across the sea to find a new home. The ancient Great Gummies left behind small, scattered populations of bears to watch over the Gummi cities and warrens; such as the main group of the series, the Gummi-Glen Gummies, to await the time when humans and Gummies could peacefully co-exist so they could then summon the Great Gummies to return home.

Gummi-Glen

The Gummi-Glen Gummies are a group of Gummies who live in a hollow tree known as Gummi Glen that is the base for a vast complex of tunnels and rooms. They harvest the wild Gummiberries that grow around them in the forest and produce a powerful juice known as Gummiberry Juice. They hide from humans, with the exception of friends Cavin, a page, and Princess Calla. It is never explained how they are related to each other (though it is presumed that none of them are related biologically), although the episode "Up, Up, and Away" suggests that they are the last remaining bears in Gummi-Glen and at risk of extinction.

  • Zummi Gummi (voiced by Paul Winchell in Seasons 1–5, Jim Cummings in Season 6) - Zummi is an aged bear who is the Gummi-Glen Gummies' leader, although he often defers to the more practical Grammi and Gruffi. He is the "Keeper of Gummi Wisdom" and later the holder of the Gummi Medallion which he uses to read his magic book to become the group's magician. He is forgetful (he is nearly always shown reciting spells from notes instead of from memory) and clumsy, misspeaking often with spoonerisms and his spells tend to backfire. He also has a fear of heights.
  • Gruffi Gummi (voiced by Bill Scott in Season 1, Corey Burton in Seasons 2–6) - Gruffi is an old-fashioned bear who prefers to do things "the Gummi way". An extremely skilled craftsman and mechanic, he fixes the old Gummi technology and trap doors, and he builds traps around the Glen to deal with humans and ogres. Gruffi is a perfectionist, which can sometimes be his undoing. However, other times, he is respected as the voice of stability and practical solutions when the other Gummies fall into despair.
  • Grammi Gummi (voiced by June Foray) - Grammi is another old bear who is the matriarch of Gummi-Glen. She acts as the group's mother, who cooks, cleans, and is the Gummi who prepares the Gummiberry Juice. She holds the secret recipe. She has an intense rivalry with Gruffi Gummi and tends to bicker with him. Her cooking is disliked by most of the others, especially Gruffi.
  • Tummi Gummi (voiced by Lorenzo Music) - Tummi is an overweight Gummi, stated to be a little younger than Gusto, who enjoys a good meal and would much rather be eating the Gummiberries than picking them. Out of all the Gummi cubs in Gummi Glen, Tummi is the oldest. He has a relaxed and easygoing personality, which sometimes gets him caught up in Cubbi's schemes. However, in dangerous situations, Tummi has shown exceptional bravery and throughout the series, he demonstrates a natural talent as a sailor, gardener, artist, and craftsman.
  • Sunni Gummi (voiced by Katie Leigh) - Sunni is a preteen Gummi who dreams about becoming a princess just like her best friend, the human princess Calla. Sunni is the most curious about human culture and human fashion, and the least concerned with Gummi history. She is the second oldest of the Gummi cubs, behind only Tummi Gummi. Later in the series, she is shown to have a crush on Gusto and becomes close friends with Buddy.
  • Cubbi Gummi (voiced by Noelle North) - Cubbi is the youngest Gummi-Glen Gummi (according to the official series' bible, around the equivalent of an 8-year-old) and dreams of becoming a great Gummi knight. He is impetuous and gets distracted by anything mysterious or exciting, but his open-mindedness sometimes enables him to find simple solutions to sticky problems. He sometimes dons a mask and becomes a vigilante known as the Crimson Avenger. He is best friends with the human Cavin and he was the first Gummi that Cavin encountered.
  • Augustus "Gusto" Gummi (voiced by Rob Paulsen) - Gusto is an artistic, individualist Gummi who was stranded on a deserted island for twelve years with his best friend Artie Deco, a wise-talking toucan (voiced by Jymn Magon in his debut episode, Brian Cummings for the rest of the series). Tummi and Gruffi were shipwrecked on Gusto's island, just as a volcano was due to erupt and cause the island to sink into the sea. The three bears worked together and brought Gusto home with them to Gummi Glen at the end of season two. Gruffi tends to argue with Gusto for his outside-the-box thinking and how much influence he has on Cubbi and Sunni. Gusto lives by himself in a makeshift apartment behind a waterfall, but he lives in Gummi Glen when the weather is too harsh. Though he is not necessarily considered a main character of the show due to his sparse, infrequent appearances, he is generally understood by the show's production staff—and accepted by the viewers and fans—as the seventh Gummi.
  • Chummi Gummi (voiced by Jim Cummings) - Chummi is an adventurous Gummi who was the youngest member of his group and therefore last surviving Gummi at Gummerset. Cubbi and Cavin stumbled across an unconscious Chummi and his airship (a small wooden ship attached to a hot air blimp) which had been brought down by Duke Igthorn's ogres after he saw it fly over his castle in his latest idea to use the airship to capture Dunwyn castle. Chummi was initially excited when he regained consciousness in Gummi Glen as he was under the impression that it housed hundreds of other Gummies. After repairing his airship, he offered to take the Gummi Glen Gummies with him when he left to continue his search for the Great Gummies. Although initially ecstatic and eager to set off, after some thought, the Gummi-Glen Gummies decided that they could not abandon their duty to look after Gummi Glen until it was safe for the return of the Great Gummies. After thwarting Igthorn's plot, Cubbi was the last to change his mind and actually set off with Chummi before asking to be let off at the last moment.

Ursalia

Later in the series, the Gummi-Glen Gummies discover the Great Gummies' abandoned city of Ursalia, largely unoccupied until the Barbics, a tribe of rough-and-tough Gummies from Barbic Woods, move there after their home has been destroyed by hostile humans.

  • Sir Thornberry (voiced by Walker Edmiston ) - Sir Thornberry is an old Gummi bear knight. He has been the caretaker for Ursalia for 50 years. He is brave and honorable, but also somewhat forgetful and clumsy.
  • Ursa (voiced by Pat Musick) - Ursa is the female leader of the Barbic Gummies. She leads the Barbics to Ursalia in search of an "Ultimate Weapon" that will let the Barbics wipe out the human race, but are eventually convinced to live peacefully in Ursalia. She harbors the most animosity towards humans, but does learn to accept Cavin after he and Buddi save her, Gruffi and Sir Thornberry in the Test of Bearhood.
  • Gritty (voiced by Peter Cullen) - Gritty is Ursa's lieutenant and famous as the Barbics' toughest warrior. Initially, Cubbi idolizes him, but has to work hard to overcome the latter's antipathy toward humans.
  • Buddy (voiced by Dana Hill) - Buddy is a teenaged member of the Barbics, about Sunni's age; more gentle and artistic than the rest of his tribe, he enjoys playing the flute.
  • Grubbi (voiced by Brian Cummings) - Grubbi is the head chef of the Barbics. He bonds with Grammi after she compliments his cooking.

Inhabitants of Castle Dunwyn

  • Cavin (voiced by Christian Jacobs in Season 1, Brett Johnson in Season 2, David Faustino in Season 3, Jason Marsden in Season 4–5 plus "Tuxford's Turnaround" in Season 6, R.J. Williams in Season 6) - A 12-year-old boy, one of the main human characters in the series and one of the few who believe that Gummi Bears exist, he is the page and squire of Sir Tuxford, of King Gregor's court. Cavin befriends the Gummi Bears in the first episode and shares the same ambition as Cubbi - to become a knight and why he and Cubbi are best friends. Cavin also had a Gummi Medallion, given to him by his grandfather, that opened the Great Book of Gummi, the source of all Gummi Bear wisdom. The young squire has a crush on Calla, which is mutual.
  • Princess Calla (voiced by Noelle North) - Calla is the daughter of King Gregor, ruler of Dunwyn and one of the main human characters. She is an adventurous character of considerable talents, and she often drags the dumbstruck Cavin (of whom she is more than a little fond) into story situations. She also befriended the Gummi Bears in due time and is close friends with Sunni. She hates the pomp and circumstance that comes with being royalty while wishing to be more involved in the governance and defense of the realm. Consequently, she tends to be sometimes slightly rebellious, often spurning her father's admonishment that "a princess must set an example for her people". However, that does not prevent her from exerting her authority as a princess whenever it suits her purpose. She even proved that she needs no protection, as she had surreptitiously trained herself in the use of weapons. Calla also has a crush on Cavin, which is mutual.
  • King Gregor (voiced by Michael Rye[10]) - Gregor is the ruler of a fictionalized English kingdom named Dunwyn. He is a benevolent, brave ruler and protects his people from villains like Duke Igthorn with the help of Tuxford and his knights. On occasion he has personally commanded knights in combat when leading a charge against ogres. Gregor is unaware of the Gummi Bears' existence or involvement in saving his kingdom many times (he has actually met the Gummies on certain occasions, but has not caught on to the fact that his secret benefactors were Gummi Bears). His pride and joy is his daughter, Calla, which later includes considerable respect of her previously hidden fighting prowess which he saw first hand when they inadvertently challenged each other in disguise during a test.
  • Sir Tuxford (voiced by Bill Scott in Season 1, Roger C. Carmel in Season 2, Brian Cummings in Seasons 3–6) - Tuxford is the highest ranking knight in King Gregor's court and his trusted friend. He is an older, jolly character, always ready for a fight but perhaps past his prime. Tuxford leads the knights of Castle Dunwyn and is the main force that keeps Duke Igthorn and his ogres away. His catchphrase is often "I'm sure I don't know, sire" when questioned by Gregor of the present situation. Despite Tuxford's age and physical appearance, he has apprehended many troublemakers in Dunwyn and done battle with Igthorn and his ogres.
  • Unwin (voiced by Will Ryan) - A knight squire at Dunwyn. A big bully, loud-mouth and in reality a coward, who constantly picks on Cavin. He finally gets his dues when Calla bests him at a tournament for the appointment of the princess' royal protector ("Girl's Knight Out").
  • Sir Gawain (voiced by Michael Rye) - Cavin's grandfather and retired knight, who also originally found the Gummi Medallion which Cavin had been wearing until he gave it to the Gummi bears. When Gawain was about Cavin's age, a local Gummi bear that owned the medallion practically bowled him over in the forest while bouncing along and lost the medallion, which Gawain found and retrieved. He wore the medallion in his service as a knight and in his later years passed it on to Cavin. He is highly idealistic and loves to tell moral fables of the ancient Gummies on every suitable occasion. He has met the Bears of Gummi Glen, but he is unaware that Cavin knows them as well. Having been told by Cavin that he had lost the Gummi Medallion, when Gawain saw that Zummi was now wearing it, he was glad that it was in the right hands. Most likely named after the knight of the Round Table in the Arthurian legend, although it is possible that he is meant to be the same character (see Gawain).
  • Trina (voiced by Patricia Parris) - A blind peasant shepherdess who lives in the Dunwyn region with her sheepdog Watcher and befriends Tummi after he hides in her cottage when on the run from the ogres. She shares a common bond with Tummi in that both are chubby due to their love of food and she wishes to cook for Tummi, who is more than happy to accept. She sets traps to throw Duke Igthorn off the track, teaching Tummi that "disabled does not mean unable" and invites him to come visit her whenever he wishes.
  • Doctor Dexter (voiced by Andre Stojka) - A pharmacist who feels that he is not owning up to his family's proud reputation of medicine. Tummi uses Gummiberry juice in one of his medicines, which results in Dunywn citizens becoming super strong, but attracts Igthorn as well. Dexter later realizes that his concoction can serve as a super fertilizer and thus; achieves success after all.
  • Sir Victor Igthorn (voiced by Michael Rye) - He is Duke Igthorn's brother and a famous paladin in the realm of Dunwyn. Ashamed of his family's betrayal (which had remained a dark secret for a major part of his life) he has taken the path of justice to atone for their sins. Fortunately, when Victor eventually confessed to stop his brother's blackmailing, he was relieved to learn that at least the Dunwinians do not hold his family relations against him. Victor has become Cavin's idol and friend, but he is unaware of the Gummi Bears' existence. He can take any insult to himself, but not to his steed Destiny and has the ability to make ladies (including Calla) swoon when he kisses their hands.

Villains

  • Duke Sigmund Igthorn (voiced by Michael Rye) - The evil, irascible, vengeful and power-crazed ruler of Castle Drekmore is the main villain of the series. He is also the main nemesis of the Gummi Bears. He hunts the Gummi Bears with the aid of his ogre army to obtain Gummiberry juice and their other secrets. His constant attempts to conquer Castle Dunwyn fail typically due to the self-overestimation of his tactical skills, the bearishness of his ogres, and the intervention of the Gummi Bears, Cavin, and Princess Calla. Once the greatest knight of Dunwyn, he was banished after conspiring against King Gregor and found refuge in Castle Drekmore. Igthorn has a big –- and, alas, unrequited –- crush on Lady Bane (although she initially seemed mutually attracted to him). Sigmund Igthorn's brother, Sir Victor, fights wrongdoing as his antithesis. It is implied in some episodes that Igthorn had a father who had also conspired to control Dunwyn, and thus raised his son in that mindset.
    • Toadwart, also known as Toadie (voiced by Bill Scott in Season 1, Corey Burton in Seasons 2–6) - The smallest ogre in Drekmore and Igthorn's illeist lieutenant and second-in-command. He seems to genuinely like his "Dukie" and, as his name suggests, is a fawning and enduring character who bears most of the bullying and punishment brought upon him by the Duke and his fellow ogres. He is the smartest of his kin, who do respect his ability to read and write. He has a cousin named Tadpole (voiced by Chuck McCann) who is just as diminutive, but more intelligent and bossier. Although Toadwart is largely an enemy, there are rare occasions where he learns the values the Gummies stand for, such as one time when he decides to impersonate the Crimson Avenger and gets taught a serious lesson about personal honor and the means of service to others. In fact, it can be assumed that Toadie, at his core, is likely a good ogre who, if he served a nicer, nobler master, could even have been a hero instead.
    • Ogres (various voices) - Duke Igthorn's shock troops. Big and strong, but also extremely naive and clumsy. Their bumbling incompetence often jeopardizes their duke's "ingenious" plans, which constantly drives him insane and brings him to the verge of despair. They are organized in way of military rank, and constantly call Igthorn "Dukie" (a slang term for feces), which he loathes.
      • Gad and Zook (both voiced by Will Ryan) - Gad and Zook are Igthorn's ogre bodyguards, though their names and jobs are not expressly revealed until "Music Hath Charms" in season four. Their names are taken from the British interjection "Gadzook!" Gad (with purple skin and a helmet) and Zook (with green skin and orange hair) hold the rank of corporal and private, respectively. When all the ogres were turned into babies for a while, Zook was called "Snookums" by Grammi, who temporarily took him in.
      • Umma - This was originally Cavin in disguise, but in a later episode Cubbi was captured by an ogre who also has that name.
  • Lady Bane (voiced by Tress MacNeille) - The main evil witch of the series, debuting in "Road to Ursalia" in season five. She is in possession of a Gummi Medallion much like Zummi's, and craves any power she can get her hands on (including the Gummi Bears') for her bid for power. She is served by her jackal-like Troggles and, on occasion, by Duke Igthorn, whose crush on her she finds very annoying, although she did agree to a dinner date with Igthorn if she figured it would forge an alliance to destroy the Gummies. She is also vain. At one point, in addition to expressing anger that she was foiled by the Gummies, that she chipped one of her nails, as well. In one episode, it was discovered that she is extremely old, and uses her magic to "de-age" herself into an attractive, dark-haired sorceress by stealing the youth of women and girls. Continuing this tradition, she also manages to steal Sunni's youth until the other Gummies manage to reverse it. The creators of the television program took inspiration for the character from the historical figure of Lucrezia Borgia.
  • Troggles – The servants of Lady Bane. A bunch of jackals dressing like royal guards. They are quite incompetent and stupid, and like the ogres they are incapable of carrying out Lady Bane's plans. They are a little smarter than the ogres and have a habit of repeating words.
  • The Trolls - A band of green-skinned and diminutive thieves trying to do their best to better their positions at the expense of other people. They are very skilled in kitbashing and operating mechanical devices (mostly traps and weapons, like a walnut submachine gun). They are eventually captured by King Gregor's knights and remanded to the dungeon in Dunwyn Castle.
  • Carpies - A race of vulture-like creatures living on the spire-like Carpy Mountain. They capture Sunni twice – first for her singing talent, then to become their king or queen.
    • Carpy King (voiced by Will Ryan) - A bullying Carpy who rules the Carpies while striking fear in them. After the Gummi Bears overthrow Carpy, he is succeeded by Bobo the Dodo.
  • Flint Shrubwood (voiced by Corey Burton) - A wandering bounty hunter in the tradition of Sergio Leone's "Man with No Name". He is hired by Duke Igthorn in the episode, "For a Few Sovereigns More" to catch a Gummi Bear for the promised price of 20 gold sovereigns. Shrubwood physical resembles Clint Eastwood in physical appearance, voice and mannerisms. He is armed with a pair of boomerang launchers and carries a miniature flute on which he plays a four-note musical cue as he travels.
  • Zorlock (voiced by Lennie Weinrib) - An evil wizard imprisoned in a cave by the ancient Gummi Bears a long time ago. He wants the Gummi Medallion to escape the cave where he lives with his monstrous minion, Grot. He has a powerful book of magic that helps him, also.
    • Grot - An inoffensive rat of the cave where Zorlock was imprisoned. She was transformed into a giant monster by Zorlock's magic to be his minion. She is not very smart but she follows Zorlok's orders well.

Other characters

  • King Jean-Claude (voiced by Hamilton Camp) - The father of Princess Marie and the ruler of a fictionalized French kingdom allied to Dunwyn. His kingdom was once besieged by the Marquis de Bouillabaisse in "May the Best Princess Win".
  • Princess Marie (voiced by Kath Soucie) - The daughter of King Jean-Claude. Originally a spoiled brat, she considered Calla a rival and picked a fight with her on every occasion. However, after both their lives are saved by the Gummi Bears, she mellows considerably and becomes one of Calla's best friends.
  • Prince Yen-Moon (voiced by Keone Young) - A prince from the Far East who travels to Dunwyn in search of help from the Gummies in defending his kingdom from a lethal dragon as seen in "The Magnificent Seven Gummies". Using an ancient Gummi Buddha-like statue, the Gummies are able to defeat the dragon by using it as a teleporting device.

Episodes

Season Episodes Segments Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 13 21 September 14, 1985 (1985-09-14) December 21, 1985 (1985-12-21)
2 8 12 September 13, 1986 (1986-09-13) November 29, 1986 (1986-11-29)
3 8 14 September 12, 1987 (1987-09-12) December 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)
4 10 16 September 10, 1988 (1988-09-10) December 17, 1988 (1988-12-17)
5 9 13 September 9, 1989 (1989-09-09) January 6, 1990 (1990-01-06)
6 17 19 September 10, 1990 (1990-09-10) February 22, 1991 (1991-02-22)

Home media

International releases

Several VHS cassettes of the series were released internationally.[11][12] Of those, eight cassettes containing 32 episodes are listed below. The first four cassettes ("Welcome to Gummiglen!", "Creature Feature", "Hot Little Tot!", and "A Sky Full of Gummies!"), which contain 20 episodes, were released in English[11][12] in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. These four cassettes were also released in some non-English-speaking countries (including Poland,[13][14][15] the Netherlands[16] and Germany). The other four cassettes, as well as the ones not listed below, were released exclusively in non-English-speaking countries (including the Netherlands,[12][17][18] Poland,[19][20] Finland,[21][22] and Italy.[12][23])

VHS nameEpisode titlesRelease date
Adventures of the Gummi Bears (Volume 1): Welcome to Gummiglen!"A New Beginning"
"Zummi Makes it Hot"
"The Sinister Sculptor"
"Someday My Prints Will Come"
"Can I Keep Him?"
September 11, 1996
Adventures of the Gummi Bears (Volume 2): Creature Feature"The Fence Sitter"
"Night of the Gargoyle"
"Loopy, Go Home"
"A-Hunting We Will Go"
"The Secret of the Juice"
September 11, 1996
Adventures of the Gummi Bears (Volume 3): Hot Little Tot!"Sweet and Sour Gruffi"
"Duel of the Wizards"
"What You See is Me"
"Bubble Trouble"
"Toadie's Wild Ride"
"Gummi in a Strange Land"
September 11, 1996
Adventures of the Gummi Bears (Volume 4): A Sky Full of Gummies!"A Gummi in a Gilded Cage"
"The Oracle"
"When You Wish Upon a Stone"
"A Gummi by Any Other Name"
September 11, 1996
Adventures of the Gummi Bears (Volume 5): The Crimson Avenger"The Crimson Avenger"
"You Snooze, You Loose"
"Over the River and Through the Trolls"
September 10, 1997
Adventures of the Gummi Bears (Volume 6): Wild Ride"Toadie's Wild Ride"
"Sweet and Sour Gruffi"
"Duel of the Wizards"
"What You See is Me"
September 10, 1997
Adventures of the Gummi Bears (Volume 7): Up, Up, and Away"Up, Up, and Away"
"Faster Than a Speeding Tummi"
September 10, 1997
Adventures of the Gummi Bears (Volume 8): For Whom the Spell Holds"For Whom the Spell Holds"
"Little Bears Lost"
"Guess Who's Gumming to Dinner?"
September 10, 1997

DVD releases

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

DVD name Ep# Release date
Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears: Volume 1 47 November 14, 2006

To date, the series has never officially been released on DVD in the UK. However, since November 2016 the show has been available on the UK Disney streaming site DisneyLife.

In Australia, Disney released nine volumes, which have now long been discontinued. They are all in complete storyline production order, but the first volume starts from episode 19 in series 2. Episodes 1-18 have not been released on DVD in Australia and are only available on the USA Region 1 collection. However, the Region 4 Australian DVDs do finish off the series and go right up to episode 65 of the series' final two-part double episode adventure.

Video on demand

On November 12, 2019, the series became available to stream on Disney+.[24]

Media adaptations

Comic strip

Gummi Bears was adapted into a daily newspaper comic, which ran from September 1, 1986, to April 1, 1989. The strip was written by Lee Nordling and illustrated by Rich Hoover.[25]

Legacy

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 Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers and Gargoyles. Although many of these subsequently-created shows exceeded Gummi Bears in budget and length, the show is often credited as a sort of prototype for all of the animation which followed it.

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, alongside The Great Mouse Detective and a re-release of Disney's Pinocchio.

Appearances of Gummi Bears in other media include one of Gruffi Gummi in a D-TV music video of the Elvis Presley song "Teddy Bear", in 1986.

The show's popularity 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 have been featured as meetable characters who greet guests in Disney theme parks.

Cameos

  • ALF (1987): In the TV Movie "Alf Loves a Mystery", Gummi Bears clips are interspersed.
  • Darkwing Duck (1991–1992): In the episode "Life, the Negaverse and Everything", Zummi Gummi appears as a doll.
  • Robot Chicken (2012): In the episode "In Bed Surrounded by Loved Ones", the Gummi Bears hold an intervention for Tummi's gummiberry juice addiction, though are disturbed when it is revealed that he is attracted to Sunni, which disgusts the other Gummi Bears. Tummi counters, pointing out none of them are related, which the other Gummi Bears save for Zummi and Tummi were aware of.
  • The Goldbergs (2016): In the episode "Have a Summer", Adam watches Gummi Bears on a TV.
  • DuckTales (2017–present): In the episode "From the Confidential Case Files of Agent 22!",[26] the Gummi Bears make a cameo while gummiberry juice factors into the episode's plot.

References

  1. Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 14–15. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. "Waldenbooks for Kids", June 1986
  3. Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 254–256. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  4. "The Great Site of Gummi". Cortneywilliams.com. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  5. "Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears". The Tv Iv. Retrieved October 25, 2012.
  6. Sweedo, Nicholas (September 28, 2015). "Disney Song #48: Gummi Bears / The Silvershers: A Conversation". TheMacGyverProject.blogspot.com. Retrieved April 24, 2017.
  7. The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 9, no. 5, September/October 1991: pp. 20, 36, 45.
  8. The Disney Channel Magazine, Vol. 14, no. 6, December 1996/January 1997: p. 28.
  9. "Disney's Adventures of The Gummi Bears: Volume 1 DVD Review". DVDizzy.com. November 13, 2006. Retrieved December 2, 2020.
  10. "Voiceover actor Michael Rye dies at 94, Bridged the generations from radio to videogame work". Variety. September 25, 2012. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
  11. "The Great Site of Gummi". Cortneywilliams.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  12. "Disney Video List VHS and DVD Disney Videos, Disney home entertainment DVD Video". Sealvideo.co.uk. Archived from the original on June 10, 2015. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  13. "Polish Gummi Bears VHS cover #1". Cortneywilliams.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  14. "Polish Gummi Bears VHS cover #2". Cortneywilliams.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  15. "Polish Gummi Bears VHS cover #3". Cortneywilliams.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  16. "Dutch Gummi Bears VHS cover #1". Cortneywilliams.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  17. "Dutch Gummi Bears VHS cover #2". Cortneywilliams.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  18. "Dutch Gummi Bears VHS cover #3". Cortneywilliams.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  19. "Polish Gummi Bears VHS cover #4". Cortneywilliams.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  20. "Polish Gummi Bears VHS cover #5". Cortneywilliams.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  21. "Finnish Gummi Bears VHS cover #1". Cortneywilliams.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  22. "Finnish Gummi Bears VHS cover #2". Cortneywilliams.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  23. "Italian Gummi Bears VHS cover #1". Cortneywilliams.com. Retrieved November 14, 2013.
  24. Adventures of the Gummi Bears on Disney+
  25. Holtz, Allan (2012). American Newspaper Comics: An Encyclopedic Reference Guide. Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press. p. 179. ISBN 9780472117567.
  26. "Ducktales Exclusive Clip With Gummi Bears Easter Egg - IGN" via www.ign.com.
    This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.