I'm a Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)

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"I'm A Gummy Bear
(The Gummy Bear Song)"
Single by Gummibär
from the album I Am Your Gummy Bear
Released 13 October 2007 (2007-10-13)
Format CD single, digital download, remixes EP
Genre Dance
Length 3:10
Label Gummybear International[citation needed]
Writer(s) Schneider, C.P.[1]
Producer(s) Tonekind, Papabar, Rene Rennefeld[2]
Gummibär singles chronology
"I'm a Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)"
(2007)
"Cho Ka Ka O (Choco Choco Choco)"
(2008)
Music video
"The Gummy Bear Song" on YouTube

"I'm a Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)" is a novelty dance song by Gummibär, in reference to the gummy bear, a brand of bear-shaped candy from Germany. It was written by German composer Christian Schneider and released by its label Gummybear International. The song was first released in Hungary, where it spent eight months as number 1.[3] Subsequently it became global as an internet meme, in large part due to its corresponding videos on YouTube and MySpace.[2] It has since been released in at least twenty five languages and has virally spread worldwide with more than 1 billion plays. The French Version (Funny Bear) was written by Peter Kitsch. With the song ready-made for ringtone use, one critic commented "he's the ultimate cross-platform, cross-cultural phenomenon YouTube was designed to unleash."[4] It is heard on his debut album I Am Your Gummy Bear released in 2007.

Since the song's release, many songs, including a cover of "Blue (Da Ba Dee)", have been released by Gummibär.

Multiple languages[edit]

Versions have been released in many languages, including originally in Hungarian and English versions.

Language Original Name Meaning
Hungarian Itt van a Gummimaci[1] Here's The Teddy Gummy Bear
Czech Jsem pouze z gumy méďa I'm Just A Gummy Bear
Dutch Ik ben een Gummibeer I Am A Gummy Bear
Estonian Ma olen Kummipea I Am Gummy Bear
French Je m'appelle Funny Bear[5] My Name Is Funny Bear
German Ich bin Dein Gummibär[6] I Am Your Gummy Bear
Greek Tha Mai Kalo Paidi (Θα 'μαι καλό παιδί)* I'll Be A Good Kid
Hebrew Ani Gummy bear (אני גאמי בר) I'm A Gummy Bear
Irish Is mise an Gummy Bear I Am the Gummy Bear
Polish Ja jestem Gumi Miś I'm Gummy Bear
Brazilian Portuguese Eu Sou O Gummy Bear I Am Gummy Bear
European Portuguese Eu Sou O Ursinho Gummy I'm Little Gummy Bear
Russian Ya mishka Gummy Bear (Я мишка Гумми Бер) I Am Gummy Bear
Slovak Ja som len z gumy macko I'm Only Teddy Gummy Bear
Spanish Osito Gominola[1] Teddy Gummy Bear
Spanglish Yo Soy Tu Gummy Bear I Am Your Gummy Bear
Swedish Jag är en Gummibjörn[7] I'm A Gummy Bear
Japanese 僕はグミベル (Boku wa Gumiberu) I Am A Gummy Bear

*There are two Greek versions, the original one and another which produced for a commercial.

There is a Persian version.

Music video[edit]

Videos corresponding to at least twenty five languages were posted, as well as a version featuring a "jolly and jiggly" lime green cartoon of a rubbery candy gummy bear in orange underwear basically bouncing around and breakdancing. "Oh I'm a yummy, tummy, funny, lucky gummy bear" and "I'm a movin', groovin', jammin', singing gummy bear" are the most common and mostly understood lyrics of this song.[2][8][9]

Gummibär, the highly stylized green blue-eyed character is naked except for an orange underwear and sneakers. Gummibär also seems to be bitten with a small portion of the upper left ear missing, which may be because the song is about candy. The bear's muzzle or, allowing for anthropomorphism, his mustache and goatee, are sugar-crusted and he only has two small teeth spaced far apart on his lower jaw.

The video, a 30 second CGI pop promo animated in Softimage XSI, was directed, designed and animated by Peter Dodd and produced through Wilfilm in Copenhagen for Ministry of Sound GmbH in Berlin.[10]

Gummy Bear The Movie 3D[edit]

In around September 2015, an animated 3D full-length film "Gummy Bear The Movie 3D" is expected to debut, featuring John Travolta as the voice of Gummy Bear. Gummy Bear is the most frequently accessed animated character in the history of the internet, with billions of hits to date. In the film, Gummy Bear and his friends have to save an alien world from an evil government agent. When Gummy Bear and his friends discover a mysterious egg they soon find out that it is the power source for an Alien world. Now chased by a sinister government agent, Gummy and the gang must help a stranded alien return to his planet with the egg to save his world. Kevin Munroe will be the director for ‘Gummy Bear’ having already successfully directed ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ (TMNT 2007) amongst others and MIKROS IMAGE will be undertaking the animation, having done ‘The Little Prince’ and the last ‘Asterix the Gaul’ movie.

Covers and parodies[edit]

  • For the Chilean presidential election of 2009, there was a parody version devoted to candidate and past president Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle titled Gomilalo, taking its name from Gominola (one of the possible translations of Gummy Bear into Spanish) and Lalo (short form for Eduardo). In the parody, Gomilalo recalls some unsuccessful deeds during his presidency (1994–2000) and jokes about what would he do if elected again.
  • The track "Funny DJ" is a cover of Daddy DJ's self-titled hit single.
  • The song is covered by the band Fanfare Ciocarlia in the album "Balkan Brass Battle", under the title "I'm Your Gummy Bear".

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Greece Digital Songs (Billboard)[11] 1
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[12] 87
US Dance/Electronic Songs (Billboard)[13] 28
Japan (Japan Hot 100)[14] 36
Germany (Media Control Charts)[15] 53
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[16] 11
Australia (ARIA)[17] 12

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Gummibär: Discography". Billboard.com. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-11-04. Retrieved 2007-12-10.  Has listing for album as well
  2. ^ a b c Taylor, Chuck (8 December 2007). "News and Reviews: I'm A Gummy Bear by Gummibar". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on 2007-12-02. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  3. ^ "Gummy Bear set to take Crazy Frog's mantle". The Daily Telegraph. 
  4. ^ "Gummibär "I Am Your Gummy Bear"". Ottawa XPress. 
  5. ^ Gummi (15 October 2007). "Je m'appelle Funny Bear - Full French Version". Gummybear International. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  6. ^ Gummi (15 October 2007). "Ich bin Dein Gummibär - Full German Version". Gummybear International. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  7. ^ Gummi (17 October 2007). "Jag är en Gummibjörn: Full Swedish Version". Gummybear International. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  8. ^ Gummiy miop fished in the west (29 November 2007). "Two New Videos Have Just Been Added!". Gummybear International. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  9. ^ YouTube - GUMMIBÄR
  10. ^ "GummiBear". Petedodd. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  11. ^ "Digital Singles Charts - Greece (December 19, 2009)". Billboard. 
  12. ^ "Gummibär Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Gummibär. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  13. ^ "Gummibär Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Dance/Electronic Songs for Gummibär. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  14. ^ "Gummy Bear Album & Song Chart History" Japan Hot 100 for Gummy Bear. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  15. ^ "Gummibär – Ich bin dein Gummibär". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Gummybear – GUMMYBEAR SONG". Singles Top 60. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  17. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Gummibär – I'M YOUR FUNNY BEAR". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved August 1, 2013.

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