Adventures of the Gummi Bears

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
Adventures of the Gummi Bears TV Poster Image
Sweet medieval bear clan has cross-generational appeal.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

We think this TV show stands out for:

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Strong messages about friendship and standing up for what's good and right. The show is set in medieval times, so viewers get a general sense of the sights and sounds of that era.

 

Positive Messages

Cavin and the Gummis bridge an ancient gap between their two species through friendship and mutual understanding. He keeps their secrets, and they help him preserve peace in his kingdom. Good always wins the day, and bad guys get what's coming to them, but that doesn't keep them from coming back to try again. The Gummis and Cavin focus on teamwork and doing good, which is reinforced when they journal their experiences in the Gummis' book at the ends of the episodes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Gummis' personalities make some friendlier than others, but when they face an enemy, they set aside their differences (well, most of them) to work together. Some use strength, some rely on courage, and others use their knowledge as a weapon. Cavin wins their friendship by proving himself trustworthy and sympathetic to their plight. Villains are motivated by greed and selfishness, but it's always their undoing in the end.

Violence & Scariness

Crashes, collisions, and heavy objects fall on characters, but no injuries last.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

This Disney production throws in a few glimpses of more recognizable characters such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck on occasion.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Adventures of the Gummi Bears is an '80s Disney series loosely inspired by the popular candy of the same name. It tells the story of fabled bears thought to be extinct until they're discovered and befriended by a boy who pledges to keep their secret. There's a strong focus on doing good, and the characters join forces to protect each other and the rest of their community, even when doing so gets them no recognition for their efforts. Villains aren't scary, but they do cause strife in the kingdom, and you'll see mishaps such as characters crashing into each other and heavy objects falling on people's heads. This enjoyable cartoon is fun for parents and kids to enjoy together.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 10 year old Written bymaddox121 June 6, 2016

First Review :D

Never watched but my mom watched it when she was a kid.

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

What's the story?

In ADVENTURES OF THE GUMMI BEARS, the last remaining descendants of an ancient civilization once renowned for its magical prowess -- the Gummi Bears -- live tucked away in a remote part of the forest. After centuries of peaceful coexistence, jealousy caused humans to cast the Gummis out of their home, forcing them into hiding for generations and turning tales of their existence into the stuff of fairy tales. But when a boy named Cavin (voiced by Christian Jacobs) stumbles upon them, they strike up a friendship that enables Tummi Gummi (Lorenzo Music), Cubbi Gummi (Noelle North), Gruffi Gummi (Corey Burton), and the rest of the gang to help Cavin keep peace in his kingdom and allows the Gummis to learn more about their shared history with humans.

Is it any good?

What '80s cartoons lack in impressive animation (by today's standards anyway), they usually make up for with their characters and storytelling, and this unpretentious Disney gem is no exception. Adventures of the Gummi Bears is jubilant, well-rounded, and funny, and the characters' busy adventures transport viewers to a magical kingdom where mini multicolored bears and a few special humans work together to unlock the secrets of their past and to ward off the bad guys who mean them harm.

Also typical of '80s productions, the show's villains tend to be more bumbling than foreboding, so even with a team of ogres in the mix, little of what happens on-screen will frighten kids. The medieval setting and the blend of magical creatures, castles, kings, and princesses are great for young imaginations, and its nostalgic nature makes this pleasant series fun watch-together fare.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how animation has changed between when Adventures of the Gummi Bears was made and now. Do modern styles make it more difficult to separate what's real from what's not? How does this affect content that's scary or violent?

  • Kids: What are some of your favorite fairy tales? Why is it fun to imagine the world differently from reality? If you were magical, what kind of power would you like to have?

  • Why is it important to relate to people who are different from you? Given enough effort, can we find common ground with everyone? How can differences be a positive force in relationships?

  • How do the characters in Adventures of the Gummi Bears demonstrate teamwork? Why is this an important character strength?

TV details

Character Strengths

Find more TV shows that help kids build character.

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

For kids who love nostalgic TV

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate