Will the funny old fellow be new again? Humphrey B Bear set to make a comeback

Photo:Humphrey B. Bear/Instagram
Photo:Humphrey B. Bear/Instagram 

Humphrey B Bear, the honey-loving, no-pants-wearing, Logie award winning children's television character could soon be making a return to our screens.

More than fifty years after his small-screen debut, a team from OzPIX Entertainment, in partnership with Deakin Motion Lab's Fika Entertainment, is preparing to resurrect the beloved bear, according to if.com.au.

Here's Humphrey first aired on Nine in 1965, before wrapping up in 2008.

Queensland-based OxPix entertainment have been the "proud guardians" of the iconic Humphrey B Bear brand since 2016.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Here's Humphrey reboot would be a "mixed media production", with live-action characters and moving sets, courtesy of Fika's virtual production techniques. 

The creative team includes executive producer Julie Greene, the former EP and executive commercial director of Hi-5, as well as early learning entertainment specialists Dr Catherine Martin and Helen Martin.

Ms Green and Fika CEO Kris Maric will pitch the series to local and international broadcasters in October at world entertainment content market MIPCOM and MIPJunior.

"Fika have been progressive and agile and wonderful to work with as a key production partner," Ms Greene told IF of bringing Here's Humphrey to a global and digital audience. Deakin University's Motion.Lab, a research facility within Melbourne's Deakin University, recently worked on the CGI-animated ABC Education children's series Minibeast Hero.

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Originally known as "Bear Bear", the local legend was re-born as "Humphrey B. Bear" following a public competition to rename him. 

Humphrey, who is also heritage listed, famously came under fire for not wearing pants, only a donning a vest and a hat in the long-running series.

But while he hasn't been on television for a few years now, Humphrey hasn't exactly been in hibernation.

As part of Humphrey B Bear Entertainment, a 'Profit for Purpose' brand managed by OZPIX Entertainment, he pops up from time to time at community corporate and charity events.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Details on the reboot costume have been kept under wraps (unlike Mr Bear's nether regions). Will the wardrobe budget stretch to include pants?

Watch this space.

Feeling nostalgic? You can revisit the series here