C Bear and Jamal

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C Bear and Jamal
Cbearandjamallogo.jpg
C Bear and Jamal Title Card
GenreAdventure
Comedy
Musical
Created byEarl Richey Jones
Todd R. Jones
Voices ofArthur Reggie III
Tone Lōc
George L. Wallace
Dawnn Lewis
Darryl Sivad
Aries Spears
Jeannie Elias
Margaret Cho
Paul Rodríguez
Theme music composerTone Lōc
Opening theme"C Bear and Jamal"
Ending theme"C Bear and Jamal" (instrumental)
ComposerKurt Farquhar
Country of originUnited States
Germany
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producersTone Lōc
Phil Roman
Margaret Loesch
ProducerSwinton O. Scott III
Running time25 mins
Production companiesFilm Roman
Taurus Film
Release
Original networkFox Kids
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseFebruary 3, 1996 (1996-02-03) –
February 22, 1997 (1997-02-22)

C Bear and Jamal is a German-American Saturday morning animated musical comedy children's television series that aired on the Fox Kids programming block from 1996 to 1997.[1] It centers on an elementary school-aged boy named Jamal, whose constant companion was "C Bear", an orange hip-hop teddy bear who raps.[2] Film Roman co-produced the show.[3]

Characters[edit]

  • Jamal Harrison Wingo - (Arthur Reggie III) - Jamal is a trustful, 9 year-old African-American boy who always seems to be in a mission, but has C Bear to help him when he's in trouble.
  • C-Bear - (Tone Loc) - C Bear is a wise rapping teddy bear with a hip-hop look. He comes back to life when Jamal is around and is always ready to give him advice. He has the power to take with Jamal on wacky adventures.
  • Hawthorne Wingo - (George L. Wallace) - Hawthorne is the father of Jamal, who is always in desire and often questions Jamal on why he still keeps C Bear. It's unknown what happened to Hawthorne's wife.
  • Grandma - (Dawnn Lewis) - Jamal's grandmother, who cooks the food for her family and is very nice to everyone.
  • Grandpa - (Darryl Sivad) - Jamal's grandfather, who is bald and almost never leaves his chair.
  • Maya - (Kim Fields) - Jamal's love interest, who is very loud but dislikes it when she is corrected on that. She is also very smart.
  • Big Chill - (Aries Spears) - Jamal's fat friend, who is always hungry and sounds like he has a cold. Whenever he's coming in a room he'll say "the b-i-g c-h-i double l is in the hizzouse".
  • Kwame - (Aries Spears) Jamal's best friend, who is dressed in African clothes and believes in "power to the people" and often calls things "conspiracies by 'The Man'" when he is displeased.
  • Chipster - (Jeannie Elias) - Jamal's Caucasian friend, who likes to make his friends laugh and never thinks of himself as weird.
  • Kim - (Margaret Cho) - Jamal's Asian friend, who is always with Maya and hates to see her friends being chosen on.
  • Javier - (Paul Rodríguez) - Jamal's Latino friend, who doesn't tend to say mean things.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1996)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Rap Van Winkle"February 3, 1996 (1996-02-03)
C-Bear takes Jamal into the future to show him the sad effects of sleeping through his education.
Song: "The Rap Song"
2"Emperor's New Gear"February 10, 1996 (1996-02-10)
C-Bear introduces Jamal to the "Duke" in an effort to convince Jamal that the clothes he wears don't matter. It's the person he is that counts.
Song: "New Clothes"
3"Big"February 17, 1996 (1996-02-17)
On Jamal’s 10th birthday, he decides act like more of a grown-up starting with leaving C-Bear at home.
Song: "Jamal's Blues"

Season 2 (1996–1997)[edit]

No.TitleOriginal air date
4"Teeing Off"September 21, 1996 (1996-09-21)
Unable to make any other school sports team, Jamal tries out for the Golf Team, coached along by C-Bear and by Big Chill who, surprisingly, is something of a golf prodigy. Jamal fails to make the team, but learns that he has prowess in other important areas.
Song: "Ode to Duckie Jordan"
5"The Prince and the Po' Boy"September 28, 1996 (1996-09-28)
Jamal becomes embarrassed about being middle class when he meets a rich cousin and begins to act more upper crust.
Song: "If I Were A Rich Boy"
6"Raging Bully"October 12, 1996 (1996-10-12)
When Jamal is teased by a school yard bully, he tries everything from avoidance to a near physical confrontation. C-Bear teaches Jamal that words can often hurt more than fists, and that bullies are usually people in need of understanding and friendship.
Song: "Little Red Ragamuffin"
7"Hanging With Mr. Wingo"November 2, 1996 (1996-11-02)
Jamal loses respect for his father when he discovers his father's job isn’t as exciting as he once believed.
Song: "No Worry Free J.O.B"
8"Big Head Jamal"November 9, 1996 (1996-11-09)
Jamal is cast in a commercial and adopts an obnoxious attitude when he begins to dream of a glamorous Hollywood life. When Jamal is fired from the commercial, he is humbled and must apologize to his friends.
Song: "Benocchio's Lament"
9"Sleepless in South Central"November 16, 1996 (1996-11-16)
Jamal starts feeling neglected when his father starts daring the attractive mail carrier.
Song: "Ain't Got No Life"
10"Dumbing Down"November 23, 1996 (1996-11-23)
Jamal convinces Maya to act dumb and lower her test scores before she loses all her friends, who don't get grades as good as hers. C-Bear convinces Jamal it's wrong to make Maya reduce her intelligence in order to please others.
Song: "The Thinker"
11"The Truth and Nothing But the Truth"February 1, 1997 (1997-02-01)
Jamal lies in order to get a job on the school newspaper as an advice columnist. When he can no longer lie, he begins telling too much truth, even at home. After learning how much the truth can hurt, Jamal apologizes to the people he insulted.
Song: "Jamal Can't Handle The Truth"
12"Puppy Love"February 15, 1997 (1997-02-15)
Jamal wants to ask a girl to the Spring dance and fumbles through various ways to do it.
Song: "Here Comes Jamal"
13"Most Valuable Grandpa"February 22, 1997 (1997-02-22)
Jamal gains a new respect for his grandfather when he has to replace Jamal’s father at the Parent/Student Picnic.
Song: "Tortoise And The Hare"

Credits[edit]

  • Executive Producers: Tone Loc, Phil Roman, Margaret Loesch
  • Producer: Bob Richardson
  • Story Editors: L. Rice, Al Sonya
  • Voice Director: Debbie Allen
  • Executives in Charge of Production: Bill Schultz, Anne Luiting
  • Studio Production Manager: Lolee Aries
  • Manager of Foreign Production: Kenneth T. Ito
  • Casting: Eileen Mack Knight
  • Director of Creative Development: Guy Vasilovich
  • Directors: David Brain, Vincent Davis, Brian Hogan, Emory Myrick
  • Music by: Kurt Farquhar
  • Main Title Song Written and Performed by: Tone Loc
  • Character Design: Bruce W. Smith
  • Layout Design: Charles Payne, Cliff Vorhees
  • Prop Design: Gary Hoffman, Jim Schumann
  • Painting: Deborah Mark, Belle Norman, Elizabeth Reed, Cookie Tricarico
  • Art Director: Brad Landreth
  • Backgrounds: Nathan Chew
  • Layouts: Nathan Chew
  • Color Key Supervisor: Phyllis Craig
  • Storyboards: Robert Boyle, Sandra Frame, Gary Hoffman, Brian Hogan, Chris Hubbard, Jay Lender, Scott Shaw!
  • Picture Editors: Don Barrozo, Lee Harting
  • Post Production Sound Services: Advantage Audio, Inc.
  • Sound Recording Mixers: Melissa Gentry-Ellis, Ray Leonard, Jim Hodson
  • Sound Effects Design: Michael Warner
  • Music Editor: Fil Brown
  • Track Department: Peter Aries
  • Creative Producer: Swinton O. Scott III
  • Creative Consultants: Earl Richey Jones, Todd R. Jones, Bruce W. Smith
  • Creative Concepts: Frankyln Ajaye, Barry Douglas
  • Executive in Charge of Production for Fox Kids: Barney Gilmore
  • Production Accountant: Kyle C. Hammans
  • Production Managers: Barbara Cordova, Stephanie Elliott
  • Assistant Film Editor: Kurtis Kunsak
  • Negative Cutting: D and A Negative Cutting, Inc., Tim Heyen
  • Telecine: Editel, Complete Post, Inc., Sunset Post
  • Operator: Larry Field
  • Post Production Director: Barbara Beck
  • Post Production Supervisor: Noel Quinn-Roman
  • Overseas Supervisor: Russell Crispin

Home video releases[edit]

Xenon Entertainment Group released every episode of the show on VHS and DVD in 2000.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 118–119. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 168=169. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  3. ^ "Tone Loc to Debut Cartoon Series on Fox". The Los Angeles Times. 1996-01-30. Retrieved 2010-08-24.

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