Are you ready for action?! Are you ready for adventure?! Do you like gummi bears? Well, we have it all in this edition of “Awesome Cartoons!” Sorry I’ve been away but Devildriver1313 is back to take you on a trip back into cartoons’ past. If you’re like me then you remember the days of picking the marshmallows out of Lucky Charms while watching Saturday Morning cartoons. You may also recall when Disney had a bunch off shows that aired throughout the 80s and 90s. I’m going to take you back to the very first cartoon that Disney Animation Television produced. Let’s take a look at Gummi Bears.
One day, Disney CEO Michael Eisner was asked by his son for a bag of gummi bears. From that moment, he was struck with inspiration to create a television series. Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears tells the story of legendary bears who were thought to be lost through history. IN the series continuity, it is said that the Great Gummis and humans lived peacefully together until they were forced to leave when more malevolent humans sought their magic and threatened them with war. The Great Gummis left behind smalls populations of Gummi Bears scattered across the land to watch over the Gummi cities and past down their knowledge, with the hope that humans and Gummis can coexist again. The series focused on one particular group in Gummi-Glen. The Gummi-Glen group is led by Gruffi, an old-fashioned bear who prefers to do things the “gummi way” and is a skilled craftsman. Under his watch are Zummi, a wise old bear who is the “Keeper of Gummi Wisdom” and holder of the Gummi Medallion which he uses to read his magic book; Grammi is the group’s matriarch and serves as a mother figure, oftentimes bickering with Gruffi over what needs to be done; Tummi, the loveable big brother among the younger Gummi Bears; Sunni, young female bear who dreams of becoming a princess like her human friend Princess Calla; and Cubbi, an adventurous young bear who dreams of becoming a Gummi Knight. The Gummi-Glen Gummis live in a hollow tree that is a base for a vast complex of underground tunnels and rooms. They have very little contact with humans other than the three that are closest to them and are the only ones who know of their existence. Cavin, a servant and Princess Calla are the first humans the Gummis encounter and later they become their closest friends.
The plot device of the series is the Gummi Bears concoction known as “Gummiberry Juice” which grants them their bouncing abilites. The main antagonist of the series, Duke Igthorn wants the secret of the Gummiberry juice to grant him and his Ogre army superstrength.
AWESOMENESS!!: Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears was set is a fictional medieval era, which was something of an aesthetic for shows of this type. The animation quality of the show is beautifully drawn which you would expect from Disney. Each episode took you on a fantastic magical adventure and left you waiting for the next. Additionally, it had one of the best opening themes of a cartoon series. When the fanfare sounded and the music began, you knew you were in for a wonderous adventure full of magic and mystery.
Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears ran for six seasons from September 14, 1985 and concluded on September 6, 1991 for a total of 65 episodes. The first four seasons aired on NBC before it was moved to ABC where the series finished out. Gummi Bears was later run in syndication as part of the Disney Afternoon block and later on Toon Disney in 2001. Being the first major serialized series from the home of Mickey Mouse, Gummi Bears is credited with being the forerunner for future Disney animated series such as DuckTales, Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop and Gargoyles. Although these shows exceeded Gummi Bears in budget and length, the show is seen as a prototype for all the animation that followed it. The show’s popularity led to Disneyland’s Motor Boat Cruise being re-themed to the “Motor Boat Cruise to Gummi Glen. The Gummi Bears’ adventures still live on in the hearts of those who joined them each Saturday morning for a bit of magic and wonder.
Relive the magical adventure!!