Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Vol. 1 – Seasons 1-3

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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Katie Leigh as Sunni Gummi
Lorenzo Music as Tummi Gummi
Noelle North as Cubbi Gummi
Corey Burton as Gruffi Gummi
June Foray as Grammi Gummi
Michael Rye as Duke Igthorn
Paul Winchell as Zummi Gummi
Will Ryan as Ogres
Brian Cummings as Sir Tuxford

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
English Dolby Digital Mono
Running Time: 640 Minutes

Synopsis:
The following is from the DVD cover:

“Dashing and daring, courageous and caring, faithful and friendly with stories to share, they’re the Gummi Bears! And now, Disney’s acclaimed animated television series is on DVD for the very first time! Join the world’s sweetest heroes for high adventure in a mystical land of giants and wizards, ogres and dragons, and wondrous creatures both good and evil. Meet Gruffi, Zummi, Cubbi, Grammi, Tummi, Sunni, and all the legendary Gummis as they laugh, play, foil dastardly plots, and fight for what’s right in Seasons 1-3 of this hilarious, fun-filled family favorite!”

“Adventures of the Gummi Bears, Vol. 1 – Seasons 1-3″ is not rated.

Mini-Review:
There were a lot of cartoons based on toys created in the 1980′s. However, few were as absurd as the idea of creating a cartoon based on gummi bears candy. By all rational thinking this show should have been an unmitigated disaster. Yet, somehow, they pulled it off and made a show better than the initial concept. Like “Pirates of the Caribbean,” the creators rose above the flawed original idea and made something great.

My sisters and I actually used to watch “Gummi Bears” when we lived overseas. For some baffling reason, I still have neurons devoted to remembering the theme song over 20 years later. (“Gummi Bears! Bouncing here and there and everywhere!”) Now I’ve had a chance to watch it again after all these years with my own kids. I was surprised to see just how well it has held up over time. The animation and character designs still look great. The stories are funny and intriguing. And the whole universe has a fantasy setting which, these days, is having a renaissance thanks to “Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter.” It’s better than a lot of cartoons on TV today.

Since my kids got their hands on this DVD, they’ve been methodically going through each episode. So if you need to entertain your kids for 640 minutes and you don’t want to drive yourself insane, I highly recommend picking up “The Adventures of the Gummi Bears.”

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