Greeting the Year with the Gummi Bears

Dashing and daring, courageous and caring,
Faithful and friendly with stories to share
All through the forest, they sing out in chorus
Marching along as their song fills the air…

Sitting on my parents’ family room couch, my brother brings up the above clip on his phone. It is Alica Keys on Jimmy Fallon, singing a theme that is both familiar and foreign. A vague Saturday-morning recollection of cartoons and chaos strikes my mind. Ahh, yes, the Gummi Bear theme – one of the greatest opening cartoon themes ever written. Side by side in the exact spot where we spent many a Saturday morning, my brother and I listened to the Gummi Bears theme, greeting a New Year in our childhood home.

Magic and mystery are part of their history,
Along with the secret of gummi-berry juice
Their legend is growing, they take pride in knowing
They’ll fight for what’s right in whatever they do…

And for extra-old-school authenticity, here’s the original version.

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