Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Back in the late 1970s, the Disney character canon was not as densely populated as it is today. Hence, the visibility of two characters who were rarely seen in theme park-costumed finery--Bongo and his lady friend Lulubelle. Both characters were born from the Bongo segment of the 1947 animated feature Fun and Fancy Free, which was in turn based on a short story by Sinclair Lewis. In this Vintage Snapshot, Bongo and Lulubelle stroll through Liberty Square as part of Dumbo's Circus Parade. The circus theme is likely the reason for their inclusion; Bongo was a circus bear who escaped into the wilderness where he eventually met and fell in love with Lulubelle.