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Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Vol. 1 - Seasons 1-3
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- 47 episodes from seasons 1-3 on three discs
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I came across recordings of these shows a short while ago and watched a lot of them. Even though the show is nearly twenty years old, I was struck by the quality of the animation and the voice work, which included veteran voice actors like June Foray (of Rocky the Flying Squirrel fame) and Paul Winchell (best known by people my age and younger for his work as Tigger).
The rich fantasy setting of this show and the detail put into the Gummi Bears and the remnants of their old society are impressive. I think most impressive was that the fact that this show was not made to market action figures, like so many other shows of the 80s. All of the Gummi Bears are distinctive and each has their own appeal, and the other heroes and villains are likewise well-developed and fun to watch, whether it's Cavan and Princess Calla or the villain Duke Igthorn.
There is a lot of humor and heart, enough to please adults as well as children, which is always the mark of a great program. I actually still remembered one episode from nearly twenty years ago, "For A Few Sovereigns More", which surprisingly had a great reference to Clint Eastwood that made me laugh harder as an adult than I did when I was a kid.
Overall, this is a great series that is possibly even better now than when it was first released, and one that is definitely worthy of owning.
This DVD compilation of the Gummi Bears is a 3-disc set containing seasons 1-3, approx. 640 mins of programming. Disc 1 contains episodes 1-16: A New Beginning, The Sinister Sculptor, Zummi Makes it Hot, Someday My Prints Will Come, Can I Keep Him?, A Gummi in a Gilded Cage, The Oracle, When You Wish Upon A Stone, A Gummi By Any Other Name, Loopy, Go Home, A-Hunting We Will Go, The Fence Sitter, Night of the Gargoyle, The Secret of the Juice, Sweet and Sour Gruffi, and Duel of the Wizards.
Disc 2 contains Episodes 17-32: What You See is Me, Toadie's Wild Ride, Bubble Trouble, Gummi in a Strange Land, Light Makes Right, Up Up and Away, Faster than a Speeding Tummi, For a Few Soveriegns More, Over the River and Through The Trolls, You Snooze, You Loose, The Crimson Avenger, A Hard Dazed Knight, Do Unto Ogres, For Whom the Spell Holds, Little Bears Lost, and Guess Who's Gumming to Dinner.
Disc 3 contains Episodes 33-47: My Gummi Lies Over the Ocean, Too Many Cooks, Just a Tad Smarter, If I Were You, Eye of the Beholder, Presto Gummo, A Tree Grows in Dunwyn, Day of the Beevilweevils, Water Way to Go, Close Encounters of the Gummi Kind, Snows Your Old Man, Boggling the Bears, The Knights of Gummadoon, Mirthy Me, and Gummi Dearest.
The titles of the episodes themselves are a hoot, what more the shows themselves! Great show, and a value buy!
It should have been released with DuckTales, if not before then. Thankfully, Disney is releasing it.
Gummi Bears had superb writing and was the perfect show for a kid. I could never get over how sharp the animation was. This cartoon would be the vanguard for the Disney Afternoon. Before it played in the Disney Afternoon, it aired on Saturday mornings. It was always my number one goal to catch it at 10 or 11 AM. Gummi Bears held its own among other great hits of the 80s.
Lets hope they start DVD 1 with the very first episodes and don't mess it up like they did DuckTales. I think DuckTales and the others sold well enough for Disney to realize there is a market for their late 80s and early 90s cartoons. These years were the golden years for recent Disney animation. None of the new cartoons or any of the late 90s cartoons hold a candle to the Disney Afternoon originals.
I think Disney heard the consumers and made the right choice. If it sells, they'll probably release the whole series. Thanks Disney (or whoever in the Disney bureaucracy made this possible)!
As others have said, even twenty years old, this show, through superb quality, excellent voice work by some of the best in the business during the 1980's and early 1990's, has become a timeless classic.
A fantasy tale set in a Kingdom that always seemed so familar but was never one so real that you could pinpoint the area of the world it would be in real life, has such rich details of character and setting. Never did Disney forget who the Gummi Bears were, or what had happened to their society. Always if there were ruins seen one time they would be there a second time and each gave a hint at something that had once been a far greater in size society then even the human kingdom that 'currently' exists in their world.
Perhaps being in the mid 1980's to early 1990's Gummi Bears was partly spared the idea that a show has to be made to sell a toyline based on the show. True other shows in the 1980's were basically made to sell toys, and I think one show during this time was only made because a company had a toy line they wanted to sell.Read more ›
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I would buy the series but there's actually six seasons instead of three. But overall this is one of the series other than the Smurfs that Disney's put outPublished 4 months ago by Andrea Schultz
i watched this as a kid now my kids love it, never skips perfect conditionPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
What can I say about this wonderful cartoon series, that hasn't been said already? Well, for starters, it's the first syndicated cartoon series that Disney made and the absolute... Read morePublished 7 months ago by David
The Gummi Bears was one of my favorite shows and when I started this dvd is was a blast from the past. Read morePublished 8 months ago by happygolucky
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