Humphrey B. Bear

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This article is about the Australian TV character. For the Disney cartoon character, see Humphrey the Bear.
Humphrey B Bear
Here's Humphrey character
Humphrey B Bear
First appearance 24 May 1965
Created by Anthony O'Donohue
Portrayed by Edwin Duryea[1]

Humphrey B Bear is an Australian children's television series and its fictional character namesake is an icon of Australian children's television.[citation needed] Humphrey B Bear was first broadcast on Adelaide's NWS-9 on Monday, 24 May 1965. The show became one of the most successful programs for pre-schoolers in Australia. The part of Humphrey was originally played by Edwin "Ted" Duryea, (c.1930-2009) an actor, singer and dancer whose human identity was never revealed.[1]

The character of Humphrey is a tall, shaggy brown bear with a large, glossy nose, straw boater, tartan waist-coat and oversized yellow bow-tie. His television show always features a companion who assists and narrates Humphrey's various adventures in the "magic forest" including his brightly coloured tree house. The show is shot on television studio set. In the early days the character was known as Bear Bear and was named Humphrey B Bear as the result of an on air competition. Note that there is no full-stop after the B in Humphrey's middle name.[citation needed]

Television show[edit]

Main article: Here's Humphrey

The show has won Logies for Best Children's Series and the Humphrey character has received national awards and commendations, including a special "Citizen of the Year" Award at the 1994 Australia Day celebrations. Humphrey B Bear has viewers all over the world thanks to the United States version of his show shown on PBS in America and the versions shown on Galavision.[citation needed]

Each episode of Humphrey is designed to entertain and educate its audience as they join in the fun with the character of Humphrey B Bear. Humphrey enjoys exploring and pretending. He likes playing, singing, dancing and being with his friends.

The writers of Humphrey including Anthony O'Donohue (also long time host of the show) attempt to set up each show as a new adventure for Humphrey that parallels the needs, fears and fun of the average four-year-old child. The character of Humphrey B Bear explores life as they do, trying to reinforce their self-esteem and showing them it's all right to make mistakes (after all everyone does). The series attempts to show that it is not always necessary to be the best at everything, but that it's more important to simply take part.

On 14 February 2007 it was reported that the Nine Network would record a new Here's Humphrey series for the first time since 2003.[2]

In April 2009, Banksia Productions, the company that owned the rights to the character, was wound up by the Supreme Court over a $50,000 debt.[1][3]

In February 2012, Imagination Ventures, the philanthropic enterprise of media company Imagination Entertainment, purchased the assets of Banksia Productions and the rights to the character from the administrator.

In May 2012 Humphrey was announced as the official 'Ambassabear' for the Women & Children's Hospital Foundation and he was introduced to a new generation of children. His first major fundraising effort saw the release of a limited edition gift set featuring a Humphrey plush doll & DVD with all proceeds supporting the hospitals Kids FUNd program. Since then, Humphrey has reappeared across Australia featuring in live shows including school performances, community events and birthday parties.[citation needed]

In July 2013 Humphrey returned to national TV screens on Community Television stations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide & Perth.

Humphrey B Bear celebrated his 50th Anniversary in 2015.

Humphrey B Bear 55 languages[edit]

1. English 2. German 3. Spanish 4. French 5. Italian 6. Portuguese 7. Polish 8. Czech 9. Slovak 10. Slovenian 11. Hungarian 12. Danish 13. Dutch 14. Japanese 15. Korean 16. Chinese 17. Greek 18. Thai 19. Hebrew 20. Bosnian 21. Croatian 22. Serbian 23. Malay 24. Indonesian 25. Arabic 26. Persian 27. Urdu 28. Finnish 29. Swedish 30. Turkish 31. Latvian 32. Lithuanian 33. Russian 34. Bulgarian 35. Hindi 36. Malayalam 37. Bengali 38. Tamil 39. Telugu 40. Kannada 41. Armenian 42. Romanian 43. Ukrainian 44. Vietnamese 45. Welsh 46. Georgian 47. Galician 48. Swahili 49. Icelandic 50. Catalan 51. Norwegian 52. Punjabi 53. Albanian 54. Serbo-Croatian 55. Tagalog


  1. ^ a b c Sad end for Humphrey B Bear insider, by: Pia Akerman, The Australian, (2009-12-05)
  2. ^ Humphrey Bear lives on, February 16, 2007,
  3. ^ Humphrey B Bear in all manner of strife, April 15, 2009, The Courier-Mail

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