Monday, August 19, 2013

Name That Disney Bear

Can you name the characters on this Totem Pole, which sits outside the Mercantile store at Disney's Wilderness Lodge?
Got Mickey, Goofy and Donald pretty easily, I would imagine, but who's that bear?

While staying at the Wilderness Lodge a couple of years ago, we took the  excellent ranger guided tour. When the ranger asked who in our group of about 12 could name the characters, only my wife and I knew this bear is Humphrey.

I have a few Humphrey collectibles. One is a 12" resin reproduction of the Totem Pole above which I purchased at the Wilderness Lodge Mercantile for $20.95.

Humphrey first appeared in a Goofy short from 1950, titled "Hold That Pose", though he is bearly (pun intended) recognizable as the bear he would develop into. This short can be found on the "Walt Disney Treasures: The Complete Goofy" DVD set.

Next he went on to appear in four classic Donald Duck cartoons: "Rugged Bear", 1953, "Grin and Bear it", 1954, "Bearly Asleep", and "Beezy Bear", both from 1955. All 4 of these can be found on "Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald: Volume 4" DVD set.

He even starred in his own cartoons in 1955,"Hooked Bear", and one of  my favorite short cartoons of all time, "In the Bag" both of which can be found on the "Walt Disney Treasures: Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts: 1920s-1960s" set.

I'll share more Humphrey in the future here on Disney Musings.

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