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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)".
Gummibär appearing on the first cover of his album
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Name origins and appearanceEdit
The name 'Gummibär' is taken from a German brand of baby bear-shaped gum candy. The highly stylized green blue-eyed 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
- 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
Gummibär: The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa Animated Christmas Special Movie was released on November 6, 2012. It is Gummibär's first feature-length film, and apart from the titular Gummibär it stars Harry, a male chameleon, Vampiro, an Italian vegetarian bat, and Kala, a female cat. Gummibär: The Yummy Gummy Search for Santa came out on DVD, digital download and on demand on November 6, 2012 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The film aired in December of the same year on The CW's Vortexx Saturday morning cartoon block.
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. Apart from the titular Gummibär, it stars Harry, a male chameleon and Kala a female cat as the main characters.