I For-Got Rhythm!?
Season 3, Episode 13
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Air date June 30, 1999
Written by Mitchell Kriegman
Directed by Mitchell Kriegman
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I For-Got Rhythm!? is the thirteenth episode of the third season.


One morning, Bear finds that he can no longer do The Bear Cha Cha Cha. It seems that he has simply lost his rhythm. It's so bad that he can't even say "cha-cha-cha". He loaned his records to Doc Hogg, but when he can't get them back, he has to find some other way to regain his rhythm. Pip and Pop attempt to help by providing their services as the "rhythm-masters". Later, Bear finds Treelo dancing to a calypso beat and joins in. In the Shadow Segment, Shadow tells Bear a story "Tingalayo", featuring a donkey learning a Latin beat.


Shadow's StoryEdit

[Shadow begins singing "Tingalayo".]

Shadow: (singing) Tingalayo / Run, little donkey, run / Tingalayo / Run, little donkey, run / My donkey walks / My donkey talks
Donkey: Hola, amigos.
Shadow: (singing) My donkey eats with a knife and fork
Donkey: Pass the peas, please.
Shadow: (singing) My donkey eats / My donkey sleeps / My donkey kicks with his 2 hind feet
Donkey: Hee-haw, hee-haw, hee-haw, he-ow!
Shadow: (singing) Tingalayo / Run, little donkey, run / Tingalayo / Run, little donkey, run
Shadow: I love you, Tingalayo.
Donkey: Yee-haw!

[The song ends.]


  • Portions of the events of this episode were adopted for the book Time to Cha Cha Cha!.
  • This episode title references the song I Got Rhythm.
  • Some bits of music can be heard when Bear tries the Cha-Cha-Cha (aka saying 'Cha-Cha-Ch...?') which didn't work, even in the Dog Hogg dancing scene comparison. We can hear it two tones high, a bit like Babe from the UK Version of Sky Movies.

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