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Background information
Feature films Fun and Fancy Free
The Return of Jafar (cameo)
Short films
Television programs House of Mouse
A Poem Is...
Video games
Park attractions
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Art Babbitt
Ward Kimball
Mark Henn
Voice Dinah Shore
Sandy Duncan
Performance model
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Bongo the Circus Bear
Bongo the Wonder Bear
Personality Successful, talented, confident, funny, tough, heroic, carefree, lovestruck
Appearance Small and slender brown bear cub with slightly shaggy fur and a tan-colored muzzle, wearing a red circus jacket uniform with yellow trim, a red and yellow fez cap, and a blue bowtie and white collar around his neck

Often seen riding his unicycle

Occupation Circus bear (formerly)
Forest bear
Alignment Good
Goal To become free from the circus and stay deep in the forest
Home The forest
Allies Lulubelle, the bear couples, Dumbo
Enemies Lumpjaw
Likes Living in the forest, Lulubelle
Dislikes Sleep disturbances, being mistreated
Powers and abilities His strength
His speed
Hia weak tree-climbing
His unicycle and circus tricks
Weapons His bare paws
Fate Falls in love with Lulubelle
Quote "I love you, Lulubelle."

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


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 fiance, 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 Lumpjaw falls, and Bongo is hailed as a hero by the other bears in the forest.


Bongo 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, Goliath II


Bongo made a short cameo in The Return of Jafar, in which the Genie transforms into him during the song Nothing 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 Brer 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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