Can you name the characters on this Totem Pole, which sits outside the Mercantile store at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge?
Got Mickey, Goofy and Donald pretty easily, I would imagine, but who’s that bear?
While staying at the Wilderness Lodge, you can take the excellent Ranger Guided Tour. When the ranger asks who in the group could name the characters, very few seem to know who the bear on the bottom is: he’s Humphrey!
Humphrey first appeared in a Goofy short from 1950, titled “Hold That Pose”, though he is bearly (pun intended) recognizable as the bear he would develop into. This short can be found on the “Walt Disney Treasures: The Complete Goofy” DVD set.
Next he went on to appear in four classic Donald Duck cartoons: “Rugged Bear”, 1953, “Grin and Bear it”, 1954, “Bearly Asleep”, and “Beezy Bear”, both from 1955. All four of these can be found on “Walt Disney Treasures: The Chronological Donald: Volume 4” DVD set.
He even starred in his own cartoons in 1955,”Hooked Bear”, and the fan favorite short cartoon of all time, “In the Bag” both on the “Walt Disney Treasures: Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts: 1920s-1960s” set.
You can pick up a Humphrey collectible while visiting Disney’s Wilderness Lodge . Below is a 12″ resin reproduction of the real, full-size Totem Pole found outside the Mercantile: