- Childhood teddy bear of Mr. Burns, the evil industrialist on the cartoon
comedy THE SIMPSONS/FOX/1989+. Mr. Burns' childhood toy was the focus of an
entire episode that parodied the search for "Rosebud" in the classic movie
Citizen Kane (1941). When the tattered remains of Bobo the Bear came into the
possession of little baby Maggie Simpson, Mr Burns negotiated with her father
Homer to get the bear back. Homer quickly said "one million dollars and three
Hawaiian Islands." Mr. Burns accepted the offer, but Homer declined after he saw
how much Maggie loved the doll.
In retaliation, Mr. Burns blocked transmission
of local TV channels (78 of them) and diverted all beer trucks away from town.
He then told the citizens of Springfield if they had any problems with the
situation, they should take it up with Homer. A mob then broke into the Simpson
house and took the doll from the tiny hands of Maggie Simpson. But Maggie's
apparent love for her doll melted the hearts of the mob and they gave it back to
Finally, after a failed negotiation in Maggie's backyard sandbox, Mr. Burns
admitted defeat but not before advising Maggie, "Hang onto that bear. Don't make
the same mistake I made." At that Maggie gave Bobo back to Mr. Burns.
Mr. Burns as a boy with Bobo
TRIVIA NOTE: Rudy Huxtable (Keshia Knight
Pulliam) on the situation comedy THE COSBY SHOWNBC/1984-1992 also had a teddy
bear named Bobo.
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