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 appeared in Snowed in at the House of Mouse, in the series House of Mouse.
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.
- Bongo was the last Disney character to be animated by Art Babbitt (Known for animating Goofy, The Queen, Gepetto and Mr. Stork), for after leaving the studio during the strike, Walt Disney refused to speak to him when he came back to work on Fun and Fancy Free, which lead to Babbitt leaving Disney permanently.
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