Thursday, 30 July 2015

BEAR OF THE DAY - RUPERT BEAR (AND THE FROG SONG)...



RUPERT BEAR, no definite article, is a bit of
a wuss in the world of bears, I suppose, in that he's
a polite, well-spoken lad of a bear as opposed to the
fast-talking, quick-thinking, greedy rebel that YOGI is.
Nevertheless, he's still a bona fide legend and worthy
of our respect.  PAUL McCARTNEY showed him
that respect in the following video from 1985.

6 comments:

Colin Jones said...

I've never seen that full video before, Kid, only the bit containing the song when it was on Top Of The Pops (in December 1984, not 1985) - I used to watch Rupert on TV when I was a kid but he now seems ridiculously Home Counties bourgeois as does Wind In The Willows and Beatrix Potter. I really don't see the point of cartoon animals when they are SO anthropomorphic that they might as well be human for all the difference it would make. In what way is Rupert a bear ? He has no bear-like characteristics whatsoever. Bugs Bunny could talk but he lived in a hole in the ground, ate carrots and was clearly supposed to be a rabbit - and Yogi was obviously meant to be a bear, Tom a cat, Jerry a mouse etc.

Kid said...

Perhaps the song (with accompanying clip) was shown on TOTP in 1984, CJ, but the complete short film apparently wasn't released 'til 1985. I checked the date before I published the post. You have to remember Rupert's origins as a newspaper strip, but as for him having no bear-like characteristics - what about his head? Sure looks like a bear's head to me. And I won't hear a word against Wind In The Willows or it'll come to blows, you boundah!

Christopher Sobieniak said...

Nevertheless, he's still a bona fide legend and worthy
of our respect. PAUL McCARTNEY showed him
that respect in the following video from 1985.


The only respect that made it's way to our shores too!

Kid said...

Life without a daily helping of Rupert - it must be hell, Chris.

Christopher Sobieniak said...

I'm sure. Or at least, I know how that feels when there's something you've heard of but can't find it locally (anime fans have had to put up with that for decades). For me, it was probably discovering the classic Franco-Belgian comic "Asterix" and wished I saw more of that besides the one or two movies.

Kid said...

The Asterix books are still readily available in Britain, Chris - I'd have thought it'd be the same in America.

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