When Disney set out to start their own television animation division, they began working on two shows: Wuzzles, which was to have the full attention of the staff (that only counted a handful of people back then), and Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears. During the first months it already became clear that Wuzzles would be a tougher nut to crack for multiple reasons, so what was then considered to be the B show did not only catch up in development, but also started to lead the race to get two shows on the air within the time span of eleven months.
While the production of Gummi Bears started to take the lead, more people would be hired and auditions would be held to find the right voices for the parts. In the later stages of development, Wuzzles would catch up in the casting phase, but would fall behind again during production. In the early days, Disney Television Animation (DTA) did not have their own casting services, so they brought in Bob Lloyd, owner of Voicecaster. Bob worked with Michael Webster (former Vice President of Television Animation) and Tom Ruzicka before they were employed at Disney.
In this series of blog posts, we’ll feature the auditions for Disney’s Adventures of the Gummi Bears from recently discovered tapes. The posts will feature two parts each, unless otherwise stated and will showcase one character each week.