Mr. Bimbo is very smart, and has been to the moon (twice). Mr. Bimbo is the one said to be the responsible for the hiring of the pirate crew of the Hispaniola after taking the advice of the ship's cook, Long John Silver. In the film's climatic battle, Mr. Bimbo defends Trelawney by facing off against Angel Marie with his amazing swordplay abilities.
According to Squire Trelawney, Mr. Bimbo has a great singing voice (although he is never heard singing by the audience, nor anyone else aside from the Squire). Mr. Bimbo only communicates privately to the Squire; no one else (including the audience) ever hears his voice, nor can they see him.
This causes many to doubt his existence altogether, believing Mr. Bimbo to be nothing more than a concoction of the half-witted bear's imagination. For example, when Rizzo the Rat first hears of Mr. Bimbo, he mutters, "I smell a bozo."
It is never fully clear in the film if Mr. Bimbo is a real being or just an idea in the mind of a crazy bear; however, in the audio commentary found on the 2003 DVD release of the film, director Brian Henson referred to Mr. Bimbo as "an imaginary friend".
Behind the Scenes
The idea for the character came from Kirk Thatcher in a writing session for the film. He thought it would be funny to have Fozzie play the character of Squire Trelawney as a somewhat crazy dimwit who thinks there is a man living in his finger.
Mr. Bimbo and the Squire were both being controlled by the same performer -- either by Fozzie's regular performer Frank Oz, or (as with most of Oz's characters in a majority of Muppet Treasure Island's scenes) performed by Kevin Clash, with the Squire's vocal lines dubbed by Oz later on. The puppeteer's right hand manipulated the Squire's head, and his left hand controlled the Squire's left hand (including the finger that housed Mr. Bimbo). The Squire's right hand was performed by a second assisting puppeteer.
- Mr. Bimbo (and the Squire) also appeared in special video clips made for the Muppet Treasure Island CD-ROM game.
- Palisades Toys planned to make an exclusive Squire Trelawney & Mr. Bimbo action figure in their series 14 line-up. However, the line ended at series 10 and the figure was never produced.