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Posted on September 09, 2015 by Fancy Dress Ball

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Today is Teddy Bear Day!

Everyone, from infants right up to grandparents and great-grandparents have a teddy bear.

And Teddy Bear Day is the perfect excuse to have a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, right?

We found this brilliant old recording of the song… we double dare you not to sing along!

 

This song was written in 1907, not long after teddy bears were first manufactured in Europe and America. In the US, bears were named Teddy in honour of Preisdent Theodore Roosevelt who had refused to shoot  a small captured bear on a hunting trip. 
Here are some of our favourite famous teddy bears…

Winnie the Pooh

Everyone loves Winnie the Pooh; the famous Disney bear first came to life in the pages of AA Milne’s books written for his son, Christopher Robin Milne, about his teddy bear, Winnie the Pooh.

Paddington

Ah, marmalade sandwiches and wellington boots! Paddington was incredibly popular, even before the recent featurelength film was released. First appearing in 1958 in a book by Michael Bond, he is now loved by children – and adults – the world over.

Pudsey Bear

Pudsey Bear is the mascot of BBC Children in Need. First appearing alongside Sir Terry Wogan in the 1980s, everyone is familiar with his eye patch and yellow fur.

Lots-O’-Huggin Bear

Lots-O’ is the bad guy of Toy Story 3, but we still love him! Voiced by Ned Beatty, he’s as snarly and miserable as any bad guy – but he’s still really cute! You get the feeling that if a previous owner hadn’t jilted him, he would have been a perfectly lovely bear.

Superted

Remember Superted? He’s sort of faded into insignificance these days, but anyone who grew up in the ’80s will remember him, alongside Spotty, fighting off evil Texas Pete. We’re ever hopeful that he’ll be picked up for a revamp (but not too much of a revamp!) soon.

Care Bears

The Care Bears cartoons of the ’80s have been re-made, with new movies put out in recent years. The residents of Carealot are all still more or less the same as they were when they first came out though. All together now: Care Bear stare!

Gummi Bears

Remember this Disney classic? Perhaps it’s even still going? We certainly hope so, we loved to watch them getting up to mischief in Gummi-Glen!

Yogi Bear

Uhhh Boo-Boo! Yogi Bear was originally a supporting character in the Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Huckleberry Hound Show and was the first of Hanna-Barbera’s breakout characters, going on to have his own hugely popular show. Everyone loved Yogi and Boo Boo’s capers in Jellystone Park, chased by the hapless Ranger Smith. Fun fact: Yogi was one of several Hanna-Barbera characters who had a collar – this meant when the animators were drawing him, they could keep his body still and only move his head, thus cutting production times and costs. And there we were thinking he was just a snappy dresser!

 

Can you name any other famous bears?

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