I'm a Gummy Bear

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"I'm A Gummy Bear
(The Gummy Bear Song)"
I-Am-A-Gummy-Bear-The-Gummy-Bear-Song.jpg
Single by Gummibär
from the album I Am Your Gummy Bear
Released10 June 2007 (2007-06-10)
Recorded2006
GenreDance, children’s music
Length3:10
LabelCatchy Tunes[1]
Songwriter(s)Schneider, C.P.[2]
Producer(s)Tonekind, Papabar, Rene Rennefeld[3]
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 type of bear-shaped candy originating in 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 atop the ringtones chart.[4]

Subsequently it became global as an Internet meme, in large part due to its corresponding videos on YouTube and MySpace.[3] It has since been released in at least twenty-five languages and has virally spread worldwide with more than 2 billion plays.

The French version ("Funny Bear") was written by Peter Kitsch. The French music video has over 470 million views on YouTube as of February 2021, making it one of the top 10 most viewed French videos on the site.[5] It peaked number eight on the French Singles Chart.[6]

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."[7] 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]

Several versions have been released in many languages. The song was originally released in German[8] and English. The French version was seen by millions as was the Afrikaans version.[9]

Music video[edit]

Videos corresponding to at least 25 languages are currently uploaded featuring the titular character in orange underwear bouncing and breakdancing.[3][10][11]

Gummy bear, the highly stylized character, is naked except for orange Y-front briefs and sneakers. Gummy bear also seems to be bitten with a small portion of the upper left ear missing. The bear's muzzle or mustache and goatee, are sugar-crusted and with only two small teeth spaced far apart on his lower jaw.

The music video has over 2.4 billion views on YouTube as of May 2021, making it one of the top 50 most viewed videos on the site.[12]

In 2006, The video, a 30-second CGI pop promo animated in Softimage XSI, was directed, designed and animated by Peter Dodd and was produced through Wilfilm in Copenhagen for Ministry of Sound GmbH in Berlin.[13]

In popular culture[edit]

The song is featured in the 2020 horror-comedy film Spree directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko.[14]

A remix of the song by Fanfare Ciocărlia is used near the end of the 2020 Sacha Baron Cohen mockumentary Borat Subsequent Moviefilm.[15]

The song is also featured in the 2021 Netflix family film "Yes Day".

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.discogs.com/Gummybear-I-Am-Your-Gummy-Bear/release/3357322
  2. ^ "Gummybear: Discography". Billboard.com. 1991. Archived from the original on 2007-11-04. Retrieved 2007-12-10. Has listing for album as well
  3. ^ a b c Taylor, Chuck (9 November 2007). "News and Reviews: I'm A Gummy Bear by Gummibar". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on 2 December 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
  4. ^ Alleyne, Richard (2008-07-11). "Gummy Bear set to take Crazy Frog's mantle". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 2020-11-30.
  5. ^ YouTube, JMF. "Les chansons francophones les plus vues classement (Playlist)" (in French).
  6. ^ a b Les classement single. ""Lescharts.com – FunnyBear – FunnyBear"" (in French).
  7. ^ "Gummibär "I Am Your Gummy Bear"". Ottawa XPress. Archived from the original on December 18, 2007. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  8. ^ berlin0708 (2006-07-14), GUMMIBÄR, retrieved 2018-05-13
  9. ^ Gummi (15 October 2007). "Je m'appelle Funny Bear - Full French Version". Gummybear International. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
  10. ^ Gummy mop fished in the west (29 November 2007). "Two New Videos Have Just Been Added!". Gummybear International. Retrieved 2007-12-10.
  11. ^ "Original Gummy Bear video on YouTube".
  12. ^ "Top 1000 Most Viewed YouTube Videos of All Time". YouTube. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
  13. ^ "GummyBear". Petedodd. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  14. ^ "Spree (2020)". IMDB. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  15. ^ "Music from Borat Subsequent Moviefilm". Tunefind. Retrieved 2020-10-24.
  16. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Gummibear – I'm Your Funny Bear". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  17. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Gummybear – GUMMYBEAR SONG". Singles Top 100. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  18. ^ "Digital Singles Charts - Greece (December 19, 2009)". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Gummibär Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  20. ^ "Gummibär Chart History (Hot Dance/Electronic Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  21. ^ "Gummy Bear Chart History (Japan Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  22. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Gummybear – Ich bin dein Gummiybear" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved August 1, 2013.
  23. ^ "ARIA End of Year Singles Chart 2007". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved April 28, 2020.
  24. ^ "Årslista Singlar – År 2007" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved April 28, 2020.