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Encyclopedia > The Country Bear Jamboree

The Country Bear Jamboree is a former attraction at Disneyland in Anaheim, California and a current attraction in the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and at the Tokyo Disneyland theme park at Tokyo Disney Resort in Chiba, Japan. All versions of the attraction are similar. Image File history File links CountryBearJamboree_Poster. ... Disneyland Park is a theme park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, USA. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. ... Nickname: Motto: Official website: http://www. ... The Magic Kingdom is a theme park covering 107 acres (433,000 m²) at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. ... 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. ... Tokyo Disneyland is one of two theme parks in the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. ... Tokyo Disney Resort logo Resort Map The Tokyo Disney Resort is a theme park and vacation resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, just east of Tokyo. ... Chiba (千葉市 Chiba-shi) is the capital city of Chiba Prefecture, Japan. ...


The attraction is a stage show, with audio-animatronic figures. Most of the on-stage 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 the 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, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic Music, Blues, Gospel music, and Old-time music. ...


Due to overwhelming popularity, The Country Bear Jamboree was given two "spin-off" shows which appeared during the summer and winter seasons at Disneyland. They were called The Country Bear Christmas Special in 1984 and The Country Bear Vacation Hoedown in 1986. The Country Bear Christmas Special was a show starring the bears from The Country Bear Jamboree. ... The Country Bear Vacation Hoedown was an attraction created due to the overwhelming popularity of The Country Bear Jamboree. ...

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History

The Country Bear Jamboree was originally intended by Walt to be placed in a ski resort 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. He assigned the project to imagineer Marc Davis. 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... WED Enterprises (WED), was formed as a separate company from Walt Disney Studios by Walt Disney in the late 1940s/early 1950s. ... Marc Fraser Davis (March 30, 1913 - January 12, 2000) was one of the most talented artists at and a main animator for Disney Studios. ...


Davis, together with Al Bertino came up with many bear groups, including bear marching bands, bear mariachi bands, and Dixieland bears. Walt enjoyed them all, but unfortunately he passed away before he could make any real decisions regarding the show. Dixieland or Dixie is a name for the south-eastern portion of the USA; see: U.S. Southern States, Dixie. ...


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. 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... The Magic Kingdom is a theme park covering 107 acres (433,000 m²) at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida. ... 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. ... Burns in the 1950s. ...


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 of the show in Disneyland inspired a brand new land appropriately titled Bear Country. In Disneyland, the bears were twice as popular than in the Magic Kingdom because two 306-seat auditoriums were constructed with two exact duplicates of the stage show. October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in Leap years). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Disneyland Park is a theme park at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, USA. It is owned and operated by The Walt Disney Company. ... Bear Country was one of the lands at the Disneyland Resort in California. ...


The show was removed from Disneyland on September 9, 2001 to make way for The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. September 9 is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years). ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a full-length animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on March 11, 1977. ...


Characters

Bears

Henry- The "ringmaster" of the show, Henry is a welcoming and friendly brown bear. He wears a black top hat and is voiced by Pete Renaday. It is implied that he and Teddi have some sort of backstage romance.


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.


Wendell- Wendell is a 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.


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.


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 hankerchief 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 miner's cap and a red hunter's vest. He plays the guitar and is voiced by Tex Ritter. 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 right next to Gomer between her sisters 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 blue bandanna (red in the Walt Disney World 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. He is a brown bear and always has his teddy bear to keep him company.


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

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


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. ...


Melvin- Melvin 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 the first animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ...


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. Bill Cole (b. ...


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" -
  • "Tears Will Be the Chaser For My Wine" - Trixie
  • "Pretty Little Devilish Mary"- The Five Bear Rugs
  • "How Long Will My Baby Be Gone"-
  • "All the Guys That Turn Me On Turn Me Down"- The Sun Bonnets and Gomer
  • "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"- All of the Bears (minus Ernest and Trixie), Sammy, Max, Buff, and Melvin
  • "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. ...

Attraction facts

Disneyland

March 4 is the 63rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (64th in leap years). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... September 9 is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years). ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... WED Enterprises (WED), was formed as a separate company from Walt Disney Studios by Walt Disney in the late 1940s/early 1950s. ... The Pepsi logo used from 1998 to 2003. ... Wonder Bread Wonder Bread Slices Wonder Bread is a brand of extremely soft white bread. ... The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a full-length animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on March 11, 1977. ... 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. ...

Magic Kingdom

  • Grand opening: October 1, 1971
  • Designer: WED Enterprises
  • Audio-Animatronics: 20
  • Show length: 15:55
  • Required ticket: "E"
  • Ride system: Audio-Animatronic theater presentation

October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in Leap years). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... WED Enterprises (WED), was formed as a separate company from Walt Disney Studios by Walt Disney in the late 1940s/early 1950s. ... 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. ...

Trivia

  • 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.
  • The animal heads (Max, Buff and Melvin) can be seen hidden in The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.
  • 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. It's still part of the attraction even today.

The Country Bears is a 2002 live-action film, produced by Walt Disney Pictures, and loosely based on Country Bear Jamboree. ... The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a full-length animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and first released on March 11, 1977. ... 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. ... External links Frito-Lay Frito-Lay Canada Frito-Lay company history Frito-Lay company timeline Categories: Food and drink stubs | PepsiCo subsidiaries | Food companies of the United States | Snack companies of the United States ...

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Country Bear Jamboree - Magic Kingdom (683 words)
You'll be entertained by 18 bears, a raccoon, a buffalo, a stag and a moose the likes of which you may never see again.
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Country Bear Jamboree was the first major attraction to actually debut at Walt Disney World in Florida, and subsequently open at Disneyland and Tokyo Disneyland.
WDW: Country Bear Jamboree (393 words)
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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