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  • [coffee pouring]

  • KENNETH: What's up, everyone.

  • This is "Disney+ Deets," where we break down everything

  • you need to know about your favorite Disney+

  • movies and series.

  • I'm Kenneth.

  • MARCELLUS: And I'm Marcellus.

  • And not to toot our own horns, but we're

  • pretty much the biggest Disney+ fans out there.

  • KENNETH: No, let's do it.

  • Toot, toot!

  • Beep, beep!

  • That's right.

  • MARCELLUS: Let's get into it.

  • MARCELLUS: You know, Kenneth, I have a lot in common

  • with the characters in the show we're talking about today.

  • KENNETH: Oh yeah, like what?

  • MARCELLUS: Well, I'm dashing and daring,

  • courageous and caring, faithful and

  • friendly with stories to share.

  • KENNETH: Oh, I see what you did there.

  • This episode must be about, all together now--

  • BOTH: Gummi Bears, bouncing here and there and everywhere.

  • High adventure that's beyond compare,

  • they are the Gummi Bears!

  • KENNETH: Oh, you don't know how excited I am.

  • The Gummi Bears, we are going back in time into my childhood,

  • sir.

  • MARCELLUS: I love the "Adventures of the Gummi Bears."

  • I just get so excited seeing them go on their adventures.

  • And I wanted to be a Gummi Bear, actually.

  • KENNETH: [laughter] Oh, listen, I was a Gummi Bear.

  • You couldn't tell me.

  • MARCELLUS: My name would be Celly Gummi Bear.

  • KENNETH: [laughter] My name would be Kenny Gummi.

  • MARCELLUS KIDD: Kenny Gummi?

  • It may be hard to believe now, but "Adventures

  • of the Gummi Bears" was Disney's very first animated TV series.

  • Of course, we know Disney made a bunch of classic animated

  • movies, but way back in 1984 -- where you thrived -- when

  • the idea for this series first came about,

  • Disney didn't even have a TV animation division.

  • KENNETH: At that time, Michael Eisner, Disney's still-

  • new CEO, found out his kids had tried a new candy

  • at summer camp, gummy bears.

  • He challenged rookie creator Jymn Magon

  • to make a show about the colorful candy,

  • and the rest is history.

  • MARCELLUS: The team decided to focus

  • on what made Disney's classic animated films so great.

  • Princesses, castles, dragons, villains

  • with nefarious mustaches.

  • KENNETH: And speaking of iconic Disney characters,

  • according to director and producer David Block,

  • the Gummi Bears were loosely based on Snow

  • White's pals, the Seven Dwarfs.

  • There are definitely some similarities

  • between the Bears and Sleepy, Dopey, Bashful, and the rest

  • of Snow White's crew.

  • MARCELLUS: "Adventures of the Gummi Bears"

  • may have paid tribute to some classics,

  • but there were plenty of total original touches too.

  • For instance, the magic Quick Tunnels,

  • that allow Gummi Bears to get around the forest twice as fast

  • as walking or riding a horse.

  • And Gummiberry Juice, which allows

  • the Gummi Bears to bounce around like bouncy balls.

  • KENNETH: So if you are human

  • and you drink Gummiberry Juice, you become temporarily strong.

  • So now that I drank my Gummiberry Juice,

  • and not only was I bouncing around the house,

  • but I was trying to lift up the sofa cushions.

  • MARCELLUS: Yes.

  • KENNETH: Trying to pretend like they were castle stones.

  • MARCELLUS: I believe it.

  • KENNETH: I wish I had some Gummiberry Juice right now.

  • I'd use it to show off my moves, like I'm Black Panther.

  • Well, I know you love roller coasters, Marcellus.

  • And because I know you love roller coasters,

  • you would have loved being in the Quick Tunnels.

  • MARCELLUS: Oh, I would have adored it.

  • I actually would have been in the Quick Tunnels

  • the whole time.

  • They'd be like, at some point, Marcellus, you got to come out

  • of the Quick Tunnel. [laughter] I'm like,

  • I just want to go again.

  • KENNETH: Where is Cellus Gummi?

  • In the Quick Tunnels.

  • [laughter] Now, we work hard hosting this show,

  • but not nearly as hard as the animators did while drawing

  • the Gummi Bears' magical world.

  • Typical cartoons at the time used

  • about 12,000 drawings per episode,

  • while this show used around 20,000.

  • MARCELLUS: And a lot of that hard work

  • was spent just on backgrounds.

  • Director and producer David Block

  • believed that 70% of the look of an animated show

  • is about backgrounds.

  • So the creative team spent extra time

  • fleshing out the castles, forest, caves, and landscapes

  • of the Gummi's world.

  • KENNETH: Oh, it's beautiful.

  • MARCELLUS: Yes, it is.

  • KENNETH: Back in 1985 when Disney's "Adventures

  • of the Gummi Bears" premiered, none

  • of the major American studios had full animation

  • teams in the United States.

  • So the American team created all the storyboards,

  • character designs, color samples, and such.

  • Then they shipped everything off to Tokyo,

  • where a team of Japanese animators,

  • working under the guidance of a Disney director,

  • finished the animation.

  • MARCELLUS: 1985?

  • So you must have been... what,

  • in your 30s back then?

  • KENNETH: Dunk on my age all you want.

  • I know you're just jealous you didn't get

  • to see the Gummi Bears as a Saturday morning cartoon

  • when you were a kid.

  • That show ranked number one in its time slot

  • for five whole seasons.

  • That kind of success deserves to be recorded

  • in the Great Book of Gummi.

  • Can we talk about this all-star cast?

  • Disney got all the top voice actors of the day

  • for this show. MARCELLUS: Yes.

  • KENNETH: The legendary actress

  • June Foray, who voiced the Gummiberry

  • Juice maker, Grammi Gummi.

  • MARCELLUS: And you can't forget about one

  • of the most popular ventriloquists of the

  • 1950s, Paul Winchell, who voiced Zummi Gummi.

  • KENNETH: Whoa, you cannot bring Paul Winchell and not

  • mention that he was an inventor who literally built

  • the first artificial hearts.

  • MARCELLUS: Maybe that's why the show had so much heart.

  • Get it?

  • Heart.

  • KENNETH: OK, Marcellus.

  • MARCELLUS: Jim Cummings, Lorenzo Music, Bill Scott,

  • Corey Burton, Noelle North, and Katie Leigh completed the cast.

  • With so many cast members, it's hard to believe,

  • but they recorded each episode as an ensemble.

  • KENNETH: Amazing, because usually when

  • it comes to animation, you have one actor recording just

  • their scenes by themselves.

  • But Disney wanted to make sure that that chemistry showed up

  • in the cartoon, so that's why you had the entire cast

  • recording at the same time.

  • MARCELLUS: And apparently Jim Cummings brought drumsticks

  • into the booth and played imaginary drums while he

  • waited to record his line.

  • That sounds like something you would do.

  • KENNETH: I was about to say that sound like something

  • you would do.

  • [laughter] And last but not least, let's get back

  • to perhaps the most iconic thing about this show, which has been

  • stuck in my head through this whole episode, thanks to you

  • Marcellus.

  • MARCELLUS: And you're welcome.

  • The ultra-catchy Gummi Bears theme was written by Patricia

  • and Michael Silversher.

  • They also wrote the theme song for "TaleSpin," and music

  • for "Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers" and "DuckTales."

  • So basically, they're responsible for decades

  • of Disney hits.

  • KENNETH: I'm going to be singing this for a month now.

  • MARCELLUS: Me too, and I'm going

  • to enjoy every minute of it.

  • KENNETH: That's it for our show.

  • Be sure to like, subscribe, and check out

  • Disney's "Adventures of the Gummi Bears,"

  • now streaming on Disney+.

  • MARCELLUS: Take care of yourselves and the planet,

  • and we'll see you next time.

  • Marcellus and Ken signing off.

  • KENNETH: We just need some Gummiberry Juice.

  • MARCELLUS: Oh yeah, big time.

[coffee pouring]

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