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Bongo the Bear is the titular protagonist of the 1947 featurette of the same name, a segment from the film, Fun and Fancy Free. He is a bear cub who escapes the unfair treatment he faces in the circus.

Appearances[]

Fun and Fancy Free[]

In the titular short, Bongo was a circus star, loved by people who came from miles around to watch him perform, but the owners of the circus treated him rather shabbily. Then one day, he ran away from the circus into the wild, where he meets his love, Lulubelle.

Eventually he meets her jealous fiancé, Lumpjaw, the meanest, toughest bear in the whole forest. When he confronts Lumpjaw, he is chased all the way to the raging river, which gave way to a waterfall, from which he lost his unicycle and from which Lumpjaw falls, and Bongo is hailed as a hero by the other bears in the forest.

Comics[]

Bongo had a short career in comics in the fifties, notably appearing in comic books Walt Disney's Comics and Stories and Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies. Contrary to the original film, Bongo and Lumpjaw often talked in those comics and Lulubelle is nowhere to be seen. Nowadays he has disappeared of both American and Italian comic productions but still appears in Dutch comics (much like other "forgotten" Disney comic characters such as Br'er Rabbit). He also makes a short cameo with Lumpjaw in the last panel of the story This is Your Life, Donald Duck (Inducks W OS 1109-02), like other Disney characters, like Captain Hook, Huey, Dewey, and Louie Duck, and Goliath II.

Cameos[]

Bongo made short cameos in Mickey's Christmas Carol as one of the guest at Fezziwig's party and in The Return of Jafar, in which the Genie transforms into him during the song "Nothing in the World (Quite Like a Friend)".

Bongo appeared in Snowed in at the House of Mouse in the series House of Mouse.

Disney Parks[]

Bongo and Lulubelle made semi-regular appearances at the Disney theme parks up until the 1990s. They notably make a cameo appearance with Br'er Bear and two of the Country Bears in The Muppets at Walt Disney World, as an audience for Fozzie Bear's stand-up comedy act.

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Trivia[]

  • Bongo was the last Disney character to be animated by Art Babbitt (known for animating Goofy, The Evil Queen, Geppetto, and Mr. Stork), because after leaving the studio during the strike, Walt Disney refused to speak to him when he came back to work on Fun and Fancy Free, which led to Babbitt leaving Disney permanently.
  • In Zootopia, one of the images on the wall of Judy's room is a bear that seems to be wearing a similar outfit to Bongo.
  • Koda from Brother Bear bears a strong resemblance to Bongo. It is possible that Koda was inspired by Bongo's design.
  • In the original story, Bongo ends up in the wild accidentally rather than intentionally. He stays in the wild for a year before attempting to woo a female bear named Silver Ears. After getting rejected by her post-hibernation, he returns to society, joins another circus and meets another female bear who becomes his mate.


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Mickey MouseDonald DuckGoofyJiminy CricketWillie the GiantGolden HarpBongoLulubelleLumpjaw
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Fun and Fancy FreeI'm a Happy-Go-Lucky FellowLazy CountrysideToo Good to be TrueSay It With a SlapMy, What a Happy DayEat Until I DieFee-Fi-Fo-FumMy Favorite Dream
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