I'm A Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)
|"I'm A Gummy Bear
(The Gummy Bear Song)"
|Single by Gummibär|
|from the album I Am Your Gummy Bear|
|Released||October 13, 2007(U.S.)|
|Format||CD single, digital download, remixes EP|
|Genre||Dance-pop, electro, novelty|
|Label||Gummybear International,
|Producer||Tonekind, Papabar, Rene Rennefeld|
|Gummibär singles chronology|
"I'm A Gummy Bear (The Gummy Bear Song)" is a novelty dance song by Gummibär referring to a brand of candy, Gummi bear. It was written by German composer Christian Schneider and released by Gummybear International; the song received international and internet meme success, in part, due to its corresponding 30-second Hungarian video clip "Itt van a Gumimaci".
The song has since been released in at least twenty five languages and has virally spread worldwide with more than 1 billion plays of the corresponding videos on YouTube and MySpace. 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." It is heard on his debut albumI 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.
The single has been released in the original Hungarian ("Itt van a Gummimaci"), as well as versions in Estonian, (Kummipea) and Polish ("Ja jestem Gumi Miś"), Hebrew ("Ani Gummy bear" "אני גאמי בר"), Czech ("Jsem pouze z gumy méďa"), German ("Ich bin Dein Gummibär"),Swedish ("Jag är en Gummibjörn"),Spanish ("Osito Gominola"), a version in Spanglish ("Yo Soy Tu Gummy Bear"), a version in Slovak ("Ja som len z gumy macko"), French ("Je m'appelle Funny Bear"), as well as Dutch ("Ik ben een Gummybeer"), Russian ("Ya mishka Gummy Bear" "Я мишка Гумми Бер"), Irish ("Is mise an Gummy Bear"), Persian, and English. A Brazilian Portuguese version ("Eu Sou O Gummy Bear"), a Japanese Version, and a European Portuguese version ("Eu Sou O Ursinho Gummy") have also been added with their own videos. There are also two songs in the Greek version, the original one ("Θα 'μαι καλό παιδί") and another one which is taken for a commercial.
The song has since been released in at least twenty five languages and the corresponding videos posted as well featuring a "jolly and jiggly" lime green cartoon of a rubbery candy gummy bear in orange underwear basically bouncing around and breakdancing. "Oh I'm a yummy, tummy, funny, lucky gummy bear" and "I'm a movin', groovin', jammin', singing gummy bear" are the most common and mostly understood lyrics of this song.
Gummibär, the highly stylized green blue-eyed character is naked except for an orange underwear and sneakers. Gummibär also seems to be bitten with a small portion of the upper left ear missing, which may be because the song is about candy. The bear's muzzle or, allowing for anthropomorphism, his mustache and goatee, are sugar-crusted and he only has two small teeth spaced far apart on his lower jaw.
Covers and parodies
- For the Chilean presidential election of 2009, there was a parody version devoted to candidate and past president Eduardo Frei Ruiz-Tagle titled Gomilalo, taking its name from Gominola (one of the possible translations of Gummy Bear into Spanish) and Lalo (short form for Eduardo). In the parody, Gomilalo recalls some unsuccessful deeds during his presidency (1994–2000) and jokes about what would he do if elected again.
- The track "Funny DJ" is a cover of Daddy DJ's self titled hit single.
- The song is covered by the band Fanfare Ciocarlia in the album "Balkan Brass Battle", under the title "I'm Your Gummy Bear".
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