Humphrey is a brown bear that lives in Brownstone National Park, which is run by Ranger J. Audobon Woodlore, and which is patronized occasionally by Donald Duck. Similar to Pluto and Figaro, Humphrey is one of the few Mickey and Friends characters that is not an anthropomorphic animal, and behaves like a "normal" animal.
Humphrey's first appearance was in the Goofy cartoon Hold That Pose, in which Goofy tried to take his picture. After that, he appeared in five classic Donald Duck cartoons: Rugged Bear, Grin and Bear It, Bearly Asleep, Rugged Bear, and Beezy Bear. Disney gave him his own series in 1956, but only two films resulted (Hooked Bear and In the Bag) before Disney discontinued making theatrical short subjects. When the shorts division closed, Humphrey was the last of only seven Disney characters who had been given a series of their own, starring in cartoons who opened with their own logo (the six other were Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, Chip 'n' Dale (counting as one) and Figaro).