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Country Bear Jamboree
Attraction Poster
Designer WED Enterprises
Attraction type Audio-Animatronic theater presentation
Theme Country Songs
Hosted by Henry the bear
Ride duration 15:55 minutes
Required Ticket E
Wheelchair accessible
Assistive listening available
Closed captioning available
Magic Kingdom
Land Frontierland
Opening date October 1, 1971
Audio-animatronics 20
Sponsored by Pepsi-Cola and Frito Lay
Disneyland
Land Critter Country
Opening date March 4, 1972
Closing date September 9, 2001
Audio-animatronics 40
Replaced by The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Sponsored by Pepsi-Cola and Wonder Bread
Tokyo Disneyland
Land Westernland
Opening date April 15, 1983

The Country Bear Jamboree is an attraction at Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and at the Tokyo Disneyland theme park at Tokyo Disney Resort in Chiba, Japan, as well as a former attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. All versions of the attraction are similar. Image File history File links CountryBearJamboree_Poster. ... WED Enterprises (WED), was formed as a separate company from Walt Disney Studios by Walt Disney in the late 1940s/early 1950s. ... Image File history File links Handicap_reverse. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The Magic Kingdom is a theme park within the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Orlando. ... Frontierland is one of the themed lands at the many Magic Kingdom-style parks run by Disney around the world. ... Audio-Animatronics is the registered trademark for a form of robotics created by Walt Disney Imagineering for shows and attractions at Disney theme parks, and subsequently expanded on and used by other companies. ... The current Pepsi logo Pepsi-Cola (often shortened to Pepsi), is a carbonated cola soft drink manufactured by PepsiCo, and the principal rival of Coca-Cola. ... Frito-Lay is an American and international company that markets corn chips, potato chips, and other snack foods. ... For other uses, see Disneyland (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Audio-Animatronics is the registered trademark for a form of robotics created by Walt Disney Imagineering for shows and attractions at Disney theme parks, and subsequently expanded on and used by other companies. ... The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a dark ride based upon the film The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, itself based on the Winnie-the-Pooh books by A. A. Milne. ... A typical loaf/slice of Wonder Bread(Canadian packaging) Products with the new Wonder Bread logo Wonder Bread is a North American brand of white bread. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Tokyo Disneyland ) is one of two theme parks in the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. ... Frontierland is one of the themed lands at the many Magic Kingdom-style parks run by Disney around the world. ... Cinderella Castle, at the center of the Magic Kingdom, is Walt Disney World Resorts most recognizable icon Introduction Owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company, the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, USA is home to four theme parks, two water parks, several resort hotels and golf courses... Lake Buena Vista is a city located in Orange County, Florida, U.S., at the 2000 census the population was 16. ... The Tokyo Disney Resort ) is a theme park and vacation resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, just east of Tokyo (Coordinates: ). It is owned and operated by The Oriental Land Company with a license from The Walt Disney Company. ... Chiba (千葉市 Chiba-shi) is the capital city of Chiba Prefecture, Japan. ... Anaheim redirects here. ...


The attraction is a stage show, with audio-animatronic figures. Most of the characters are bears, who perform Country music. Characters rise up to the stage on platforms, descend from the ceiling, and appear from behind curtains. The audience includes audio-animatronic animal heads mounted on the walls who interact with characters on stage. Audio-Animatronics or just animatronics is a form of robotics created by Disneys Imagineers for several shows and attractions at Disney theme parks, and subsequently expanded on and used by other companies. ... country music, see Country music (disambiguation) Country music, the first half of Billboards country and western music category, is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States. ...


Due to overwhelming popularity, The Country Bear Jamboree was given a "spin-off" show which appeared during the winter season at Disneyland. It was called The Country Bear Christmas Special in 1984. The Country Bear Christmas Special is a special hoilday edition of the Country Bear Jamboree attraction at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. ...

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History

The Country Bear Jamboree was originally intended by Walt to be placed at Disney's Mineral King Ski Resort which he was trying to build in the mid 1960s. Walt knew he wanted some sort of show to provide entertainment to the guests at the resort, and he knew he wanted the show to feature some sort of bear band. The project was assigned to imagineer Marc Davis. Disneys Mineral King Ski Resort was a project developed by Walt Disney and The Walt Disney Company in the late 1950s and 1960s. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Imagineer could refer to: Walt Disney Imagineering Imagineer (company), a video game developer An Engineer who only imagines things (aka the best kind of Engineer) This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Marc Fraser Davis (March 30, 1913 – January 12, 2000) was a prominent artist and animator for Walt Disney Studios. ...


Davis, together with Al Bertino came up with many bear groups, including bear marching bands, bear mariachi bands, and Dixieland bears. One day Davis was working on drawings of the characters in his office. Walt Disney walked in and saw the drawings and laughed because he loved the characters. On Walt's way out he turned to Marc Davis and said "Good Bye", which Walt was known never to say. A few days later he passed away on December 15, 1966. It was the last time Marc saw Walt. Dixieland music is a style of jazz. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ...


After Walt's death, plans for the show still carried on. The bears would be featured in the resort's Bear Band Restaurant Show, and it was decided that they would have a country twang. But while plans for the show progressed, plans for the ski resort did not. Instead, the imagineers working on the project decided to place the show in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in time for its grand opening in 1971. Imagineer X Atencio and musical director George Bruns created songs for the bears to sing. F. Xavier Atencio (born 1920 in Walsenburg, Colorado), more popularly known as X Atencio, is a former animator, composer, and Imagineer for The Walt Disney Company. ... George Bruns (July 3, 1914 - May 23, 1983) was a composer of music for film and television who worked on many Disney films. ...


On October 1, 1971, The Country Bear Jamboree opened its doors in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World. It received so much good feedback that Imagineers immediately planned to make a replica of the show to be placed in Disneyland. The addition to the show in Disneyland, it inspired a brand new land appropriately titled Bear Country. Because of the tremendous popularity of the show in Walt Disney World, excess capacity was added to the 1972 Disneyland incarnation in the form of two identical theaters, each housing a copy of the show in its entirety. is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Bear Country was one of the lands at the Disneyland Resort in California. ...


For Walt Disney World's 20th Anniversary, the original show was brought back. In 1986 the vacation hoedown debuted at Disneyland and the attraction was renamed Country Bear Playhouse. During the holiday season, however, the bears still performed their Christmas Show in Florida through 2005. It hasn't returned since then, due to copyright issues with the song Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. It is currently not known when the holiday show will return. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is a popular Christmas story about Santa Claus ninth and lead reindeer who possesses an unusually red colored nose that gives off its own light that is powerful enough to illuminate the teams path through inclement weather. ...


The show was removed from Disneyland on September 9, 2001 to make way for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. Rumors of the Disneyland Country Bear attraction being rebuilt in the Grizzly Peak Recreation Area of Disney's California Adventure surface from time to time. is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


The Country Bear Christmas Special was the first time an attraction at any Disney theme park became interchangeable during the year. The Country Bear Vacation Hoedown was added a year later.Both the Country Bear Christmas Special and The Country Bear Vacation Hoedown were created, directed and animated by Dave Feiten and Mike Sprout.


The Country Bear Jamboree was the unofficial, unaffiliated inspiration for The Rock-afire Explosion, an animatronic band that entertained children of the 1980s at ShowBiz Pizza Place restaurants throughout the United States. The band was lead by a hillbilly bear named Billy Bob who was clearly inspired by The Country Bear Jamboree.


Characters

Bears

The queue for the Disneyland version included fake doors in appropriate shapes for each of the bear performers.
The queue for the Disneyland version included fake doors in appropriate shapes for each of the bear performers.

Henry- The "ringmaster" of the show, Henry is a welcoming and friendly brown bear. He wears a grey top hat and is voiced by Pete Renaday. It is implied that he and Teddi have some sort of backstage romance. In the Christmas show, he wears a scarf. In the Vacation Hoedown, he wears a park ranger's hat and his "old camp t-shirt" which he has obviously outgrown. Image File history File linksMetadata BearCountryJambEntry_wb. ... Image File history File linksMetadata BearCountryJambEntry_wb. ... Peter Renaday (born June 9, 1935 in Louisiana as Pierre L. Renoudet) is an American voice actor. ...


Liver Lips McGrowl- Liver Lips is perhaps the funniest-looking bear. He gets his name from his very large lips. He is a brown bear and plays the guitar. He is voiced by Van Stoneman. He becomes an Elvis impersonator in the two seasonal shows.


Wendell- Wendell is a hyperactive golden brown bear who plays the mandolin. He wears a blue bandanna around his neck and a light brown hat. He also has a massive overbite and buck teeth. He is voiced by Bill Cole. Bill Cole (b. ...


Teddi Barra- Teddi Barra is a unique bear because she never appears onstage. Instead she descends from a hole in the ceiling on her swing, which is decorated with pink roses. She is a brown bear and wears a blue hat with a pink feather as well as a long pink boa around her neck. She is voiced by Patsy Stoneman. In the Christmas show, she holds a pair of skiis, has a cast on her leg and is dressed in ski gear. In the Vacation Hoedown, she holds an umbrella and is dressed in a raincoat and galoshes.


Ernest- Ernest is a brown bear who plays the fiddle. He wears a derby and a red polka-dot bowtie around his neck. He was voiced by Van Stoneman from October 1971 until July 1975, when his vocals were rerecorded by Randy Sparks. Stoneman's recording can still be heard on the 1971 record and 2003 CD.


Terrence (aka Shaker)- A tall bear with tan fur (in the Disneyland version his fur was grey), Terrence wears a miner's cap and plays the guitar. He is voiced by Van Stoneman. In the Christmas show he wears a scarf and earmuffs and has white fur to resemble a polar bear. He is also joined by a penguin encased in ice. During the Vacation Hoedown, he's wearing a snorkel mask and swim trunks, and his accompanied by his octopus girlfriend Delores.


Trixie- Trixie is a very large brown bear who wears a blue bow on her head, a blue tutu around her waist, and holds a blue handkerchief in her left hand. She also has a slight crush on Henry. She is voiced by Cheryl Poole.


Big Al- Big Al is the fattest bear. He is grey with a light grey belly and wears a tan hat and a red vest. He plays the guitar and is voiced by Tex Ritter. In the Vacation Hoedown he wears a miner's cap and red and black flannel shirt. During the Christmas show, he's dressed as a New Year's baby (sash and diapers) and wears an icepack and a party hat on his head. Tex Ritter Tex Ritter (January 12, 1905 – January 2, 1974) was an American country singer and actor. ...


The Sun Bonnet Trio

  • Bunny- Bunny stands in the center of the stage. She is voiced by Jackie Ward. Because she and her sisters are triplets, they all have brown fur and wear matching blue bonnets and dresses.
  • Bubbles- Bubbles stands to the audience's left between Gomer and Bunny, and is voiced by Loulie Jean Norman.
  • Beulah- Beulah stands to the audience's right and is voiced by Peggy Clark.

Gomer- Gomer never sings but instead plays his piano, which has a honeycomb on top of it. He is considered Henry's right-hand bear. He is tall and brown and wears a collar with a blue tie. Widely regarded as a one-hit wonder due to her 1963 million-selling single record A Wonderful Summer, Robin Ward was also a session singer (under her real name, Jackie Ward) whose voice can be heard in several popular U.S. television series and motion pictures since the 1950s. ... Loulie Jean Norman, (born in Birmingham, Alabama, on March 12, 1913; died August 2, 2005 in Los Angeles) is a famous soprano who worked with famed arranger Gordon Jenkins. ...


The Five Bear Rugs

  • Zeke- Considered the leader of The Five Bear Rugs, Zeke plays a banjo and taps on the dishpan with "a real ol' country beat". He is a grey bear with glasses who wears a grey top hat. He was voiced by Dallas McKennon from October 1971 until July 1975, when Randy Sparks rerecorded his vocals. McKennon's recording as Zeke can still be heard on the 1971 record and the 2003 CD.
  • Zeb- Zeb is brown bear with a light brown stomach. He plays the fiddle as well as wears a bandana around his neck and a miner's hat. He is voiced by a member of the Stoneman family.
  • Ted- Ted is a tall, skinny bear who blows on the cornjug and plays the washboard. His fur is brown, and he wears a vest with a brown hat.
  • Fred- The biggest of the five bears, Fred ironically plays the smallest instrument: the mouthharp. He is a brown bear and wears blue jeans held up with suspenders as well as a striped red and white tie.
  • Tennessee- Tennessee Bear plays the thang, which has only one string. He is brown and wears a red bandanna (blue in the Disneyland version) around his neck. He is voiced by a member of the Stoneman family.

Baby Oscar- Oscar appears with The Five Bear Rugs, but plays no instrument. In fact, he never says a word, aside from mumbling "uh-huh" during the Vacation Hoedown (in which he is dressed as a Cub Scout). He is a brown bear and always has his teddy bear to keep him company. In the 1971 album, it is mentioned that Zeb is his father.


Rufus- Rufus is not a performer, but instead runs the projections and lights. He is never seen, but can be heard from time to time running backstage, constantly out of breath.


Other Animals

Buff- Buff is considered the leader of the animal heads and is also the largest. He is the head portion of a buffalo and is voiced by Disney legend Thurl Ravenscroft. Ravenscrofts 1970 gospel album Great Hymns in Story and Song Thurl Arthur Ravenscroft (February 6, 1914 – May 22, 2005) was an American voice actor and singer with a deep, booming voice. ...


Max- Max is the head portion of a stag and is voiced by Peter Renaday.


Melvin- Melvin, a moose head, is the Dopey of the animal head trio. He often makes good-natured jokes and is voiced by Bill Lee. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 animated feature, the first produced by Walt Disney. ...


Sammy- Sammy is Henry's raccoon pal who cuddles around Henry's top hat. He acts like a coonskin cap for Henry. He is voiced by Bill Cole.


The Show

The show is basically a continuous string of short country songs sung by the various bears. As each bear sings their song, a curtain opens to reveal them, except in the case of Wendell (who rises from the stage), Teddi Barra (who descends from the ceiling), Gomer (who ascends from the stage), and The Sun Bonnets (who also rise from the stage itself).


The show begins with Max, Buff, and Melvin telling Henry to get on with the show. Henry then asks Gomer to give him a "little intro", and then the jamboree begins!


The Songs

  • "Pianjo"- Gomer and Henry
  • "Bear Band Serenade" - The Five Bear Rugs, Gomer and Henry
  • "Fractured Folk Song" - Henry and Wendell
  • "My Woman Ain't Pretty (But She Don't Sware None)" - Liver Lips McGrowl
  • "Mama, Don't Whip Little Buford" - Henry and Wendell
  • "Tears Will Be the Chaser For My Wine" - Trixie
  • "Pretty Little Devilish Mary" - The Five Bear Rugs
  • "How Long Will My Baby Be Gone" - Terrence
  • "All the Guys That Turn Me On Turn Me Down"- The Sun Bonnets
  • "If Ya Can't Bite, Don't Growl" - Ernest
  • "Heart, We Did All That We Could" - Teddi Barra
  • "Blood on the Saddle" - Big Al
  • "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" - Henry and Sammy
  • "Ole Slew Foot"- Cast (minus Ernest and Trixie)
  • "The Great Outdoors"- Cast
  • "Come Again" - Henry, Sammy, Max, Buff, and Melvin

The Ballad of Davy Crockett is a song with music by George Bruns and lyrics by Tom Blackburn. ...

In popular culture

  • The country bears made an appearance in the sing along songs videos Disneyland Fun and Campout at Walt Disney World.
  • The Country Bears is a movie that was loosely based on The Country Bear Jamboree in which the bears have to save Country Bear Hall from demolition by a benefit concert. Ironically, the Disneyland version closed shortly before the movie came out.[citation needed]

This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Country Bears is a 2002 live-action film produced by Walt Disney Pictures, based loosely on the Disney attraction Country Bear Jamboree. ... A benefit concert is a concert featuring musicians, comedians, or other performers that is held for a charitable purpose, often directed at a specific and immediate humanitarian crisis. ...

Trivia

Max, Buff and Melvin on Winnie the Pooh ride.
Max, Buff and Melvin on Winnie the Pooh ride.
  • The animal heads (Max, Buff and Melvin) can be seen hidden in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh dark ride at Disneyland, which replaced the Country Bear Playhouse, on the back of the wall that separates the Heffalumps and Woozles scene and the Honey Heaven scene.
  • This attraction was originally sponsored by Pepsi-Cola and Frito-Lay for a few years. Not only did the show mention their sponsorships, but at the beginning, Henry even mentions part of Pepsi's old slogan at the time ("You've Got a Lot To Live; Pepsi's Got a Lot To Give!") by saying, "Just refrain from hibernatin' and we'll all enjoy the show, 'cause we've got a lot to give." When Pepsi's sponsorship of the attraction was dropped, only the mention by Henry of its sponsorship was dropped, but such was not the case for his introduction that included part of the slogan.
  • The exact same Audio Animatronic structure used for Big Al was reused to make up the structure of the Oogie Boogie Audio Animatronic in the Haunted Mansion Holiday attraction at Disneyland until 2005 when an all new animatronic was added.
  • According to the sign above the entrance, Grizzly Hall, the home of the Country Bears, was built in 1898.

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See also


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The idea for the Country Bear Jamboree attraction was formed in the mid-1960s when Walt Disney Productions was involved in the development of the Mineral King Valley area of California into a ski resort.
The main theme of the Country Bear Jamboree was conceived by Walt in 1966.
He also wanted the bears to look as strange as they sounded and to further individualize the Country Bear Jamboree performers, each one was given a distinctive personality, voices, and mannerisms to match their appearance.
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