Gummibär

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Gummibär
I-Am-A-Gummy-Bear-The-Gummy-Bear-Song.jpg
Gummibär appearing on the first cover of his album
Background information
Also known as
  • Funny Bear
  • Gummibaer
  • Gummibär
  • Gummibar
  • Gumimaci
  • Gummy Bear
  • Gummybear
OriginBerlin, Germany
Genres
Years active2007 (2007)–present
LabelsSony
Websitethegummybear.com

Gummibär is a German international multi-lingual character and virtual band based in Berlin who is known for performing the Gummy bear-related series of songs on various albums, including I Am Your Gummy Bear and La La Love to Dance. It is most notable for the song and video "I'm a Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)".

Name origins and appearance[edit]

The name 'Gummibär' is taken from a German brand of baby bear-shaped gum candy. The highly stylized green blue-eyed obese gelatinous bear character is usually naked except for orange Y-front briefs and sneakers. Gummibär also seems to be bitten with a small portion of the upper left ear missing. The bear's muzzle or, allowing for anthropomorphism, his mustache and goatee, appear to be sugar-crusted, and the character only has two small teeth spaced far apart on his lower jaw. Gummibär's right iris and pupil is greater in size than the corresponding left-sided features.

Popularity[edit]

Gummibär's popularity as a phenomenon is very similar to that of fellow European music phenomenon Crazy Frog, characterized by repetition of lyrics and singing of catchy melodies. Variants of the character's music have been released in more than 11 languages, including Japanese, English, Hungarian, French, German, Spanish, Swedish, Polish, Portuguese and Greek.

The related products are marketed by Gummybear International, who are responsible for the creation, development, and branding of Gummibär animations, as well as musical content and production. Merchandise includes musical and video products (CDs, DVDs, downloads and ringtones) and video games. The company is headquartered in New Jersey, United States.

In June 2012, Gummybear International gained a licensing and co-branding deal with the Greek toy manufacturer Jumbo.[citation needed]

On August 24, 2012, Gummybear International gained a licensing agreement with Brazilian record label Som Livre that includes deals on merchandising and releases on different formats.[citation needed]

Video[edit]

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.[citation needed] The original video was a 30 second version of the Hungarian version, "Itt Van A Gumimaci" which was posted on site Mojoflix.com. One of the animators for the video was Michael C. Johns, who is also animating for the Sonic the Hedgehog (film) directed by Jeff Fowler.

DVD[edit]

Gummibär: I Am Gummy Bear - The Gummibär Video Collection was released on April 28, 2009. The DVD contains a video collection of "I'm a Gummy Bear" in nine different languages, as well as some of the character's other releases.[citation needed]

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • 2007: I'm A Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)
  • 2007: You Know It's Christmas
  • 2008: Mr. Mister Gummibar
  • 2009: It's a Great Summer
  • 2010: Καρναβάλι με τον Gummy Bear
  • 2012: Bubble Up
  • 2012: Gummy Style
  • 2013: Gummy Twist
  • 2013: Booty Twerk
  • 2013: Wati Wati Wu
  • 2013: Monster Mash
  • 2013: Xmas Town
  • 2014: Gummy Bomba
  • 2014: KikiRiki
  • 2015: Lullaby
  • 2015: Woof There It Is!
  • 2015: Children of the World (It's Christmas)
  • 2015: Wiggle Wiggle
  • 2015: Vine Bear (The Choo Choo Version)
  • 2016: Ghostbusters
  • 2018: Dame La Gomita
  • 2018: I'm Blue
  • 2019: I'm Bear

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Film[edit]

Gummibär: The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa was released in the United Kingdom on October 8, 2012,[1] and in the United States on November 6, 2012 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.[2] It's Gummibär's first feature-length film. Aside from the titular character, it stars Harry, a male chameleon, Vampiro, an Italian vegetarian bat, and Kala, a female cat, as they embark on a search for Santa Claus, who is reported missing on Christmas Eve.[2] The film aired on December 1 of the same year on The CW's Vortexx Saturday morning cartoon block, which billed the airing as a "world premiere".[3][4]

Web series[edit]

In 2016, a YouTube animated web series called Gummibär and Friends has been released online on the official Gummibär YouTube channel, consisting of one season of 39 episodes. It stars the main characters from The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gummibär DVD Debuts October 8th In UK!". thegummybear.com. 2012-10-04. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  2. ^ a b "Watch The Trailer For The Yummy Gummy Search For Santa!". thegummybear.com. 2012-10-10. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  3. ^ Zahed, Ramin (2012-11-27). "Vortexx on The CW Announces Special Holiday Line-Up". Animation Magazine. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  4. ^ "MyVortexx". myvortexx.com. Archived from the original on 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2019-07-06.
  5. ^ "Gummibär And Friends "Spooktacular" The Gummy Bear Show Episode 1".

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