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Country Bear Christmas Special


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Country Bear Christmas Special show

  The Country Bear Christmas Special premiered in November of 1984.  It also played at Disneyland and premiered at Tokyo Disneyland in 1988 as the Jingle Bell Jamboree.  There were several changes to the Japanese show and it included songs in English and Japanese.  "It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas" was replaced by "Jingle Bells", Trixie sings "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", the penguin that appears with Terrance is not frozen in ice and is fully animated and talks.  Big Al wears a totally different outfit in the Japanese version and sings a song about losing his hound dog to the tune of "Auld Lang Syne" and the finale includes the song "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".  The Christmas show was performed every year at Walt Disney World until 2005.  Supposedly there were issues with rights to some of the songs.  The Tokyo Disneyland show is still performed each year.

The Country Bear Christmas Special Script

The five stages inside Grizzly Hall are trimmed with lights and garland.  

Melvin: (Has Christmas lights wrapped around his antlers.)
(Singing) Oh, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, had a very-

Max: (Interrupts.  A red light is on his nose.)
Hey, Melvin!  That's supposed to be my song!

Melvin:
Huh?

Max:
Look, Melvin.  I'm the deer.  I got the red nose, so I get to sing-

Buff: (Wearing a Santa hat.)
Ain't we gone through all this before?

Melvin:
Why I don't see why he always gets to sing the-


Melvin, Buff and Max Country Bear Christmas Special

Henry: (Wears a scarf and has a sprig of holly on his hat.)
Hold the phone there, boys.  Where's your Christmas spirit?  Now sorry, folks. (Clears throat.) Gomer, let's show 'em how it's done. (Gomer begins to play the piano, which is decorated for Christmas.  A Season's Greetings backdrop is on the stage.)

Max:
Ain't he a sight for sore eyes.

Buff:
Well, he sounds better than he looks.  That's for sure.

Henry: (Singing)
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Yep!
Soon the bells will start.
And the thing that'll make 'em ring, is a carol that you sing, right within your heart.
(Laughs, then speaks.)
Howdy, folks and welcome to this special Christmas celebration at the good old Country Bear Jamboree.  The snow is softly fallin', the stockin's are hung and comin' from the kitchen, there's the sweet smell of turkey and yams.

Melvin:
Mmm-mmm.

Henry: (Singing)
But the prettiest sight to see, is the holly that'll be on your own front door.
(Speaks.) Ladies and gents, The Five Bear Rugs!
(The bands is dressed up for Christmas.  Tennessee has cold weather hunting gear similar to Wendell's, Zeke has a scarf on, Zeb has a shawl around him and appears to have a cold.  Ted and Fred are wearing Santa hats and Oscar is holding a candy cane.  The Bear Rugs begin to play as Henry sings.)
When the snow begins a fallin',
and your blood begins to freeze.
It's time to stomp and holler,
and slap your hairy knees.

Zeke:
So hand me down my banjo, I think I'm gonna sing!

Zeke and Henry:
The time for sittin' idle's in the summer or the spring.

Bear Rugs:
We're makin' tracks in the snow and everything is rosy.

Henry:
No more hibernating, boys!

Bear Rugs:
We're up on our feet!
Just makin' tracks in the snow, keepin' warm and cozy.
Shiverin' and shakin' to that good ole country beat.

Zeke:
Sing it out Henry!

Henry:
I like the cozy fire on a cold, dark winter night.
When the wind is often rattlin',
and the stars are shining bright.

Tennessee:
My feet upon my huntin' dog, my arm around my wife.

All:
They may be old and toothless.

Tennessee:
But I've had 'em all my life.

Bear Rugs:
We're makin' tracks in the snow,
and everything is rosy.
No more hibernating, boys.
We're up on our feet!
Just makin' tracks in the snow,
keepin' warm and cozy.
Shiverin' and shakin',
to that good ole country beat.
Shiverin' and shakin',
to that good ole country beat.

(Zeb sneezes.)

Bear Rugs:
Yeah, Good job, Henry!

Country Bear Christmas Special band

Wendell: (Dressed in cold weather hunting garb and carrying a gun. A backdrop featuring a snowy scene and a moose covered in snow appears on the stage.  This same backdrop was also used in the Country Bear Vacation Hoedown during the "On the Road Again" segment.)
On the first day of Christmas, I said to my mate,
'I'm a goin' a huntin', and I might be home late.'
The next day of Christmas, seems I lost my way,
and I ain't seen my cabin since dawn yesterday.
Oh, what a Christmas.
I'm lonely and lost, and shakin' and sneezin'
(Teeth chatter)
And c-c-covered with frost.
I fell in the river, and lost all my food.
Don't sing me no carols, 'cause I ain't in the mood.
Next year at Christmas, I think I'll use my head .
And spend the 12 days of Christmas in my bed.

Chorus:
Next year stay home.

Henry: (Appearing stage left.)
You be careful with that squirrel gun now, Wendell.

Wendell:
Aw, heck.  It ain't even loaded. (Gun fires and the lights go out on the stage.) Sorry.

Henry:
Rufus?

Rufus: (Offstage.)
Huh?

Henry:
I need a little light down here.

(Rufus breathes heavily and doors are heard opening, as well as paws going down stairs.  An electric jolt is heard as the lights go back on.)

Henry:
Thanks Rufus. And now, here's a little gal who's sure to break the ice at any skating party.  Our own Trixie.

Country Bear Christmas Special Trixie

Trixie: (Ice skates are around her neck and she's holding mistletoe in her right paw and mittens in her left.)
Oh the lakes are frozen over, got my skates and I'm ready to go.  
But I'm waitin' for my honey, 'cause I can't skate if he don't show.

Buff:
Sing it, gal!

Trixie:
But he's in his cave just snorin'; I hear ya in there baby, and don't think I don't!

Max:
I know you do!

Trixie:
Well my broken heart's just freezin, out here in the snow.

Melvin:
You look cold, too.

Buff:
Yeah, real cold.

Trixie:
I got those hibernatin' blues.

Max:
Yes, you do.  

Trixie:
Those hibernatin' blues.

Buff:
Those low-down blues.

Melvin:
Like we all got.

Trixie:
Without my furry baby, springtime better come real soon.

Buff:
Here it comes.

Max:
Look out!

Trixie:
If you come out and skate with me, I will be real nice.

Max:
Alright!

Trixie:
But baby if you stay inside, I'll be cold as ice.

(Melvin shivers.)

Trixie:
I've got those aggravatin', keep me waitin', hibernatin' blues.  Oh yeah.

Buff:
Lovely, lovely, lovely.

Henry:
That was mighty pretty there, Trixie.

Trixie:
Why, thank you there, Henry.  (Giggles.)  Oh Henry, how'd you like to come on over and try out this here mistletoe? (Giggles again.)

Henry: (Hesitates.)
Well, I-

Max:
Come on Henry, where's your Christmas spirit?

Melvin:
Yeah?

Max:
What's the matter?  Got cold feet?

Henry:
Well gee, Trixie, I-

(The band cheers and begins to play.)

Henry:
Watch the fires, fellas.

Zeke:
Deck the halls with boughs of holly.

Bear Rugs:
Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.

(Zeb sneezes.)

Zeke:
'Tis the season to be jolly.

Bear Rugs:
Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la.

(Zeb sneezes.)

Tennessee:
Follow me in merry measure.

Bear Rugs:
Fa-la-la-la-la-la.

(Zeb remains quiet.)

Zeke:
He didn't sneeze!
(Sings) Heedless of the wind and weather.
Fa-la-la-la.
Fa-la-la-la.
Fa-la-la-la-la-la-la-.

Zeb: (Fighting back a sneeze).
Ah-

Bear Rugs:
La.

Zeb:
-choo!

Liver Lips McGrowl: (Wearing a Santa suit, playing a Christmas tree guitar and singing in an Elvis Presley voice while Gomer plays the piano.)
I got my bag of presents and I'm in your neighborhood.
I'll be droppin' down your chimney, 'cause I know you've been extra good.
I'm your rock and roll Santa, baby. Your rock and roll Santa, baby that's me. Uh-huh.
Better put on your pretty red dress darlin.  You're goin' cruisin with me.  You better take out your curlers, honey.
I got a reindeer V-8 special, and a fuel injected sleigh.
We can ride across the rooftops to my North Pole hideaway.  
I'm your rock and roll Santa, baby.  Your rock and roll Santa, baby that's me.  Uh-huh.
I'm the fat guy with the presents.  I'm gonna shake your Christmas tree.  
Baby that's me.


Liverlips Country Bear Christmas Special

Terrance (AKA Shaker): (His fur is white and he's wearing a scarf and earmuffs.  He is shivering.  Next to him is a penguin frozen in ice.)
I'll have a b-b-blue Christmas without you.  
I'll be so b-b-blue, just thinking about you.
(Whispers to the penguin.) Hey help me out here! (Penguin shakes and makes a jingling sound.)
(Continues singing.) You'll be doing alright with your Christmas of white.
(Whispers to the penguin.) I can't hear you! (Penguin jingles some more.)
But I'll have a blue, blue, blue, blue Christmas.
(Whispers to the penguin.) I thought you was gonna sing?


Terrance and Gomer Country Bear Christmas Special

Henry:
There's warm things cookin' here.  Ladies and gentlemen, Bunny, Bubbles, Beulah.  (The Sunbonnets appear on the stage with velvet Santa dresses and carrying bells.)

Bubbles:
Just hear them sleigh bells jinglin', ring ting tingin; too. Ting a ling a ling.
(The curtain behind the Sunbonnets shows a slide of a horse puling a sleigh.)
Come on it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you.  Jing a ling, jing a ling.
(A close up of the bear couple is shown in the sleigh.)

Beulah:
Outside the snow is falling and friends are calling yoohoo.  Yoohoo, hoo hoo.  
(Another bear tries to draw attention to the riders that the sleigh is going dangerously close to a cliff.)
Come on it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you.  
(The sleigh goes over the cliff.)

Sunbonnets:
Giddy up, giddy up, giddy up let's go.  Let's look at the show.
(The horse is now in the sleigh with the bears as it goes down the cliff.)

Bunny:
We're riding in a wonderland of snow.  
(Animals are fleeing from the sleigh.)


Sunbonnets Country Bear Christmas Special



Sunbonnets:
Giddy up, giddy up, giddy up it's grand.  Just holdin' your hand.
(The sleigh passes a bear snowman.)
We're riding along with a song of a wintry fairy land.
(The snowman is in the sleigh with the horse as the bears hang on for dear life.)
Our cheeks are nice and rosy and comfy cozy are we. Jing a ling a ling.
(The Five Bear Rugs are shown eating dinner inside a cabin as the sleigh is seen coming toward the window.)
We'll snuggle up together like two birds of a feather will be.  
(The sleigh crashes through the house and all the bears are now on it.)
Let's take the road before us and sing a chorus or two.
(The sleigh is approaching a pond with a warning sign.)  
Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride-
(A splash sound is heard, followed by a slide illustrating the splash.)
Whee!
(The horse, bear couple and snowman are shown wrapped in blankets and their feet in tubs of water.)
Jing a ling, jing a ling, jing a ling a ling.
Jing a ling, jing a ling, jing a ling a ling.
Jing a ling, jing a ling, jing a ling a ling.
Sleigh ride together with you!

Ernest (AKA Beau Brummel or Dude):  (Wearing a hat and sweater with a sled next to him.)
The wind is a-howlin', and thrashin' the trees.

Tennessee:
My baby is growlin', and scratchin' her fleas.

Ernest:
Can't open the door, 'cause there's ten feet of snow.

Bear Rugs:
And the food is all gone and it's forty below.

(A sound like a growling stomach is heard.)

Ernest:
Well, I'm hungry.
Yes, I'm hungry.
I'm hungry as a bear.
If you come around my cabin-


Ernest Dude Country Bear Christmas Special

Bear Rugs:
You'd better beware.

Ernest:
'Cause I'm hungry.
Yes, I'm hungry.
I'm hungry as a bear.
Got a mouth full of teeth.
And a belly full of air.
This Christmas, dear old Santa won't show up, I bet.

Zeke:
One, two, three!

Ernest:
If he comes down the chimney.

Ernest and Bear Rugs:
He might just get et!

(Zeb sneezes.)

Tennessee:
Hungry as a bear.

(Zeb sneezes again.)

Ernest:
I'm powerful hungrified.

Henry:
Here she is.  That charmin' chanteuse of the ski slopes: Swingin' Teddi Barra.  

Max:
My, my.

Melvin:
Gosh.

Buff:
Hush up, you two!

Teddi: (Carrying skis and dressed for the slopes, Teddi appears to have had a mishap as her left leg is in a cast.)
Chestnuts roastin' on an open fire.  
Jack Frost nippin' at your nose.
Yuletide carols bein' sung by a choir and folks dressed up like Eskimos.
Everybody knows I'm offerin' this simple phrase.  To kids from one to ninety-two.  
Although it's been said many times, many ways, Merry Christmas to you.  


Teddi Barra Country Bear Christmas Speical

Henry:
I sure do enjoy singin' with you Teddi.

Teddi:
Why, thank you Henry!  Ya all wanna come up and sign my cast?

Henry: (Laughs.)
Soon as I can find a pen, I'll be there!

(Instrumental of Auld Lang Syne is heard.)

Max:
I sure am lookin' forward to the new year.

Buff:
Yep.  Ain't nothin' like a brand new year to lift your spirits. (Music is interrupted by a wrong note.) Of course, I could be wrong.

Big Al:  (Big Al appears to have partied a little too hard.  He is dressed as Baby New Year, complete with a diaper.  He not only has a party hat on his head but also an ice pack.)
Another new year wouldn't be quite as hard.
If you'd only (hiccups) come back, or at least send a card.
Another new year, and I'm lonely and (hiccups) low.
Since you stole my heart and my truck and my dough.

Big Al Country Bear Christmas Speical



Buff:
Oh no!  Not his truck.

Henry:
Sammy, help me out here.

Sammy:
Sure thing Henry.  Now you folks join right in if you've a mind to.

Henry and Sammy:
Oh, the weather outside is frightful.
But the fire is so delightful.


Henry and Sammy Country Bear Christmas Special

Sun Bonnets:
And since we've no place to go.
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.
Let it snow!

Max:
Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer, had a very shiny nose.
And if you ever saw it, you would-

Melvin:
You would even say it glows.

Max:
That's my tune, Melvin!

Melvin:
Oh, yeah?  Says who?

Buff:
Are we startin' this again?

Terrence:
Sleigh bells ring.

All:
Are you listenin'.

Terrance:
In the lane.

All:
Snow is glistenin'.

Liver Lips:
A beautiful sight, we're happy tonight.

All:
Walkin' in a winter wonderland.

Teddi Barra:
In the meadow we can build a snowman, and pretend that he's a circus clown.

Henry:
We'll have lots of fun with Mr. Snowman.

All:
Until the other kiddies knock him down.

Big Al:
Winter clothes.

All:
Ain't it thrillin'.

Big Al:
Though your nose.

All:
Is a chillin'.

Wendell:
Hey, we'll rollick and play, the Eskimo way.

All:
Walkin' in a winter wonderland.

Henry:
Everybody!

All:
Walkin' in a winter wonderland.

Henry:
Hand in hand!

All:
Walkin' in a winter wonderland.

Wendell:
Yahoo! (His gun discharges again, causing chaos.  Big Al keeps singing the last line of the song.)

Henry:
Wendell, will you quit that!

Wendell:
Sorry.

Henry:
Hey Rufus!  Rufus!  How about some lights?

(Rufus is heard offstage scrambling to get the lights back on.)

Big Al:
Walkin' in a winter wonderland.
Walkin' in a winter...Huh? (Hiccups.  The spotlight is on him.)

Henry:
Over here!  (Spotlight goes to Henry.) Well, folks, I guess that about does it for our show.  Now, bundle up, stay warm-

Sammy:
And come back and see us real soon!

Henry:
Happy holidays, ya'll.

(Instrumental of Tracks in the Snow is played during the audience exit.)  

Country Bear Christmas Special stage curtain

Cut Ending/Exit Dialogue
(The following dialogue was originally part of the show after Henry had his last line, supposedly until the late 1980s.  It may have also played beyond that as the audience was leaving Grizzly Hall.)

(An instrumental of O Tannenbaum then plays as the mounted heads begin to talk.)

Melvin:
Well, I think we did just fine.

Max:
You would!

Buff:
If you two don't straighten up, I'm gonna pull the plug on both of you!  Now say goodbye.

All:
So long, everybody!

Buff:
Happy Holidays!

(After O Tannenbaum finishes, an instrumental of Jingle Bells is then heard.)




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