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  • Country Bears... why did you like it?

    A recurring theme on just about every Disney board is how horrible it is that CBJ was removed and Pooh was put in. I think Pooh wouldn't be so reviled if it hadn't replaced CBJ.

    I actually hated CBJ. I know, I know :mob: But really, I hated it. I hated the music, I hated the characters, I just thought it was boring. Even when I was a little kid, I used to think my mom was lame for dragging us all in there to watch it.

    Now I have a feeling I'm in the minority on this , so I'm asking, honestly, what did you like about it? What was it that I missed? So many people loved it and miss it, that I can't help but feel there was something about it that I didn't "get".

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    I am just extemely fascinated with Bears. I also love to draw them. I also liked their body shapes (This is of course coming from an artist's perspective). I mean I like how some were fat, skinny, short, tall, hunched over etc.

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      Re: Country Bears... why did you like it?

      I LOVED the CBJ! I admit, it wasn't something I did everytime I went to the park. But it was just so nostalgic for me! It was my grandpa's favorite thing to take us to when we were little and my earliest memories of Disneyland are in CBJ. When my best friend had her daughter that was the FIRST thing I took her to and was the same with my son. I just love it and treasure it.
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        Re: Country Bears... why did you like it?

        It is a great show. The one in Florida could use some TLC, but by golly there is nothing funnier than laughing at Teddy Bara's hole. Maybe it was the sleep deprivation, but I swear it was sooo funny.
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        • #5
          Re: Country Bears... why did you like it?

          As with most shows, it was a one (or two) time gig for me, then I was done.
          I may be wrong, but I think to a lot of people here, they look even better in the rear view mirror considering what replaced them.

          btw, I kind of like Pooh. It is colorful and sweet and the line is usually short.

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            Re: Country Bears... why did you like it?

            It had heart. It was unashamedly what it was, there was no self-mockery as an apology for the apparent "crime" of being just a little fun and cheesy. It was what it was. Each of them had their own unique character/personality, and it came through in the show.

            But the simplest way to put it is still, "It had heart."

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              Re: Country Bears... why did you like it?

              Good air conditioning!

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                Re: Country Bears... why did you like it?

                I remember watching it as a kid- 2 years old. First memory that wasn't mom or dad. Sad to have seen it go...it was an original. To me, (my opinion) it is the same as tearing out Main Street...and putting in 'moving sidewalks' sponsored by Fisher Price. Oh, ya- I agree, GOOD air conditioning!
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                • #9
                  Re: Country Bears... why did you like it?

                  Nice place to relax.....and kinda cute. Don't really miss it, but don't mind Pooh either.
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                    Re: Country Bears... why did you like it?

                    I can't really reply to this thread because I never liked it. I admired the design, creativity and showmanship but it always seemed to be a satire on the country/western craze that swept the nation for what seemed a very long time. And then, there was that awful "Hee-Haw" on TV.
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                      Re: Country Bears... why did you like it?

                      Originally posted by TinkPink
                      I LOVED the CBJ! I admit, it wasn't something I did everytime I went to the park. But it was just so nostalgic for me! It was my grandpa's favorite thing to take us to when we were little and my earliest memories of Disneyland are in CBJ. When my best friend had her daughter that was the FIRST thing I took her to and was the same with my son. I just love it and treasure it.
                      Originally posted by shadow
                      I remember watching it as a kid- 2 years old. First memory that wasn't mom or dad. Sad to have seen it go...it was an original. To me, (my opinion) it is the same as tearing out Main Street...and putting in 'moving sidewalks' sponsored by Fisher Price. Oh, ya- I agree, GOOD air conditioning!

                      But WHY? I know it is loved and missed by many, and many people feel like it was a horrible travesty to see it go. Your posts re-emphasize that love and nostalgia. I'm just really not understanding what made it so great?

                      Originally posted by Senator David Wu (D-OR)
                      Don't let faux-klingons send real Americans to war!

                      Originally posted by TheHousingBubbleBlog
                      Everyone says that the U.S. doesn’t make anything anymore, but that’s not exactly true. We’re the world leader in the manufacturing of bull****.

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                        Re: Country Bears... why did you like it?

                        Originally posted by desertdweller
                        it always seemed to be a satire on the country/western craze that swept the nation for what seemed a very long time. And then, there was that awful "Hee-Haw" on TV.
                        See that's what I've always felt. Are most of the CBJ lovers also fans of country music? I swear I'm not being sarcastic here. For me, even if the rest of the show was entertaining, the music alone would have ruined it for me.

                        Originally posted by Senator David Wu (D-OR)
                        Don't let faux-klingons send real Americans to war!

                        Originally posted by TheHousingBubbleBlog
                        Everyone says that the U.S. doesn’t make anything anymore, but that’s not exactly true. We’re the world leader in the manufacturing of bull****.

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                          Re: Country Bears... why did you like it?

                          This is kinda hard to describe, so please bear with me (no pun intended).I have always loved CBJ. I loved it from the very first time I saw it in in Florida back in 1975. The reasons are many.

                          First and formost were the characters. Like almost every character Mark Davis worked on, those bears were long on personaliy and charm. Each one had a unique personality and it was just fun to watch them all performing together.

                          Second was the music. Yes, it was corny, Hee Haw style country, but that was the point. I don't like country music as a rule, but I loved CBJ's music. It was designed in a simpler time when singing along with those old corny tunes was considered fun, not embarrassing. Today we are so "sophisticated" and self concious. We have a hard time letting ourselves go enough to enjoy the corny music. If you don't beleive me, look around sometime in the Tiki Room when the birds ask you to sing along. Half the people there will refuse to do so and most of those that do sign will look very self conscious about it.

                          Thats why I still love CBJ and still visit the original everytime I am in Orlando. Its a fun, silly, light hearted show from a more innocent age delivered by funny and charming characters. Whats not to like? The new Pooh ride is ok (its an honest c ticket attraction and doesnt deserve the grief its gotten), but CBJ was better. I hope they never remove the Florida version.
                          Last edited by WDWHound; 10-25-2005, 03:21 PM.

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                            Re: Country Bears... why did you like it?

                            Originally posted by AllisonWonderland
                            As with most shows, it was a one (or two) time gig for me, then I was done.
                            I may be wrong, but I think to a lot of people here, they look even better in the rear view mirror considering what replaced them.

                            btw, I kind of like Pooh. It is colorful and sweet and the line is usually short.
                            I can see why kids like pooh. I just think most people growing up with the bears prefer them more over the stuffed one and feel somewhat duped. But atleast the kids like Pooh.

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                              Re: Country Bears... why did you like it?

                              It's like replacing Fantasmic! with the Fantasy Waters show. It was a sad thing that happened. They could have revamped the show, but were being lazy. To close it the same time the 'Country Bears' movie came out was poor thinking. (Not that the movie was any good...)

                              I liked watching all of the animatronics move. That's why I loved it. I loved how there were things going on all around you. It was wonderful.

                              To take those animatronic characters and replace them with Pooh Disney Store statues in a ride is pathetic.

                              All of those wonderful animatronic characters... gone! Now the ones in WDW's Carousel of Progress are on the chopping block. Ugh.

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