Saturday Monster Cartoons: Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears

November 26, 2011

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. The series premiered on NBC on September 14, 1985, and aired there for four seasons. The show is well-remembered for its theme music, written by Michael and Patty Silversher.

The series focuses on the escapades of the “Gummi Bears”, anthropomorphic bears who are the last remnants of a once-great civilization of Gummis that fled the land centuries ago. Now regarded by most of humankind as fairy tales, the show’s main cast of Gummi Bears (six in number at the outset of the series, increased to seven during the second 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.  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.

I watched a lot of Gummi Bears growing up on Saturday mornings and after school around 4 o’clock, it was a good mix of comedy, action, adventure and fantasy. With 94 episodes there was plenty of room for repeats of the show.

Later on in the series you learn that there are a lot more Gummi Bears out there and the audience gets to see them, which is always a treat because you tend to think that they get lonely living together not knowing if there were any of their kind left.

Kevin Monster out.

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