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Now don't get me wrong, I really like the Gummi Bears as well, but no, they really weren't responsible for the emergence of kids afternoon programming in ...
Gummi Bears - a little clearification
Nathan, Nathan, Nathan---
Now don't get me wrong, I really like the Gummi Bears as well, but no, they really weren't responsible for the emergence of kids afternoon programming in the late 1980s.
Along with the Wuzzles, another Disney-produced show, Gummi Bears was originally a Saturday morning network show. Both debuted in September of 1985, Wuzzles on CBS, Gummi Bears on NBC.
Gummi Bears was succesful in that venue. It ran for four seasons on NBC and two more on ABC.
Disney entered late afternoon programming in 1987 with Ducktales. Chip and Dales's Rescue Rangers arrived in 1989. In 1990, the Disney Afternoon was created as a two hour block of programs. Talespin was added, and reruns of Gummi Bears were used to fill out the final half hour. Goof Troop replaced it the following year. Gummi Bears only spent that one year in the afternoon block.
Gummi Bears was an important move for Disney. Its success lead the way for the company to produce more childrens televsion shows which in turn laid the groundwork for the Toon Disney channel.
However, the emergence of kids afternoon programming is largely remembered for the Disney Afternoon ultimately doing battle with Spielberg produced shows like Tiny Toons Adventures and Animaniacs.
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Thank you for the great information. This is the blurb on Wikipedia I was talking about on last weeks show:
The Adventures of the Gummi Bears was Disney's first foray into television animation. At the time of its first premiere, very few, if any, animated television series were on par with Gummi Bears' production values. It even exceeded the quality of much Japanese animation made for TV at the time. Gummi Bears is often credited by animators and animation historians as having helped jump start the massive boom of television animation in the late 1980s all through the 1990s.
Gummi Bears also became the forerunner for Disney's famous Disney Afternoon timeslot, which gave way to classics such as DuckTales, Darkwing Duck, Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers, TaleSpin, and Gargoyles. Although shows created in its wake such as the above mentioned exceeded Gummi Bear's budget and length, it is often credited as the sort of prototype to all of the subsequent animation which followed it, while DuckTales really jump started the trend. Nevertheless, it was a gamble which paid off tremendously in the long run.
Just bought the gummi bears for my 5 year old son. I forgot how great that show was.
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I just love the Gummi Bears and all of the old Disney Channel cartoons. Gummi bears was by far my favorite. I would watch it all the time at my gradmoms house (she was the nly one with Disncey Channel at the time). Those shows helped make me into the big Disney fan I am today
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Wikipedia isnt always correct nathan. i failed a paper once because i got all my info off of it and its not always true because random ppl can go in and change things up
I just saw the season 1-3 in a box set at Target that what Im getting for Christmas WOOT for me. I also have Ducktales season one on dvd. I loved the Disney afternoon they dont make them kinda of cartoons anymore.
I agree, it just backed up information I received from Jim Magon and other that where involved with the Disney Afternoon
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I remember seeing the show on TV when I was little (2nd grade?). One time when some "adults" were talking about it on a group trip, I joined in because I had seen it too and loved it. They just told me that I could not have, because I was too young. I miss Tail Spin as well...will it ever be on DVD?
Tale Spin is also on DVD! Here is a complete list of all Disney Afternoon DVDs
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