Bamse – Världens starkaste björn ("The world's strongest bear") is a Swedish cartoon created by Rune Andréasson. The highly popular children's cartoon first emerged as a series of television short films as well as a weekly half page Sunday strip in 1966, before being published periodically in its own comic magazine since 1973. Both the early Sunday strips and the early magazines have today been reprinted as glossy hard-bound volumes.
In 1998 the themepark Bamses Värld ("Bamse's World" or "The World of Bamse") started as an attraction at the Kolmården Zoo, with theater performances, restaurant and houses from the comic.
In the 1960s there were a few translations of the series "Bamses skola", where the characters were given English names:
Bamse - Bamsy
Skalman - Professor Shellback
Lille Skutt - Little Frisky
Vargen - Willie
Farmor - Granny
Katten Janson (literally Janson the Cat) - Sooty
Dunderhonung was given the name magic honey, or thunder honey.
In the cancelled movie Bamse and the time-travel machine from 2009 the names were translated differently:
Bamse - Bamse
Skalman - Shellman
Lille Skutt - Little Skip
Krösus Sork - Victor Vole
Dunderhonung - Superhoney
Six animated black and white short films were produced for television in 1966. In 1972, seven more animated shorts were shown in colour. In 1981, another two shorts were released. And in 1991, a direct-to-video movie became available. In October 2006, forty years after Bamse was created, Ola Andréasson, the son of creator Rune Andréasson announced that an animated feature film will be made, featuring better animation, a full voice cast and having a budget of SEK 25 million. An estimated release date of 2012 for the film was proposed. It was finally released in 2014 as Bamse and the Thief City.