Big Mouth Billy Bass

Big Mouth Billy Bass (Box illustration)

Big Mouth Billy Bass is an animated fish made to look like a mounted largemouth bass on a plaque made in 1999. He was the first of many singing fish and taxidermy animals made by Gemmy and various other companies.

When you press the button or activate or the motion sensor, Billy sings "Take Me to the River" by Al Green and "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bobby McFerrin, flapping his tail and turning his head outward whilst moving his mouth to the words of the song.

Click one of these buttons to hear his soundtrack.

"Take Me to the River"
Take me to the river
"Don't Worry Be Happy"
Don't Worry Be Happy

Original Versions (1999 to 2000) Edit

Big Mouth Billy Bass - 15th Anniversary Edition

Big mouth billy bass 15th Anniversary edition

  • Big Mouth Billy Bass: Sings "Don't Worry Be Happy" and "Take Me To The River".
  • Big Mouth Billy Bass Jumbo : Sings "Don't Worry Be Happy" and "Take Me To The River". It's larger than the original Big Mouth Billy Bass (28 inches long) (1999-2000).
  • Big Mouth Billy Bass Sings for the Holidays: Wears a Santa hat and a bell on his tail. There are two versions: one Sings "Jingle Bells" and "Up On The Housetop", and the other sings a blues version of "Twas The Night Before Christmas" to the tune of "Trouble" by Elvis Presley (1999-2000).
  • Big Mouth Billy Bones: A glow in the dark fish skeleton on a tombstone plaque that sings "Bad To The Bone" (2000).
  • Big Mouth Billy Bass Musical Keychain: A static, stiff-plastic keychain that sings "Take Me to the River" and "Don't Worry Be Happy" when a button on its tail is pressed (2000).

Newer Versions (2001 to Present Day) Edit

  • Big Mouth Billy Bass Superstar: A Billy Bass standing upright with a microphone. Sings "I Will Survive" and "Act Naturally". Some versions sing "Stayin' Alive" or "Don't Worry Be Happy" (2001).
  • Big Mouth Billy Bass Jr.: A smaller Billy Bass. Sings "Take Me To The River" and "I Will Survive" (2004-2009).
  • Big Mouth Billy Bass 15th Anniversary Edition: Released in 2014. His appearance changed slightly, and he has a smaller plaque. Sings an extended version of "Don't Worry Be Happy", and also sings "I Will Survive" (2014-2015).
  • Big Mouth Billy Bones 15th Anniversary Edition: An updated version of the original on a small black plaque. His eyes now light up (2015).
  • Big Mouth Billy Bass 15th Anniversary Christmas Edition: An updated version of the original Christmas Billy Bass. Sings "Jingle Bells" and "I Will Survive" (2015).
  • Singing Skeletal Fish: A new fish for 2015 that is similar to Billy Bones, although he does not have as many movements. Sings "I Will Survive" (2015).

Other Versions Edit

  • Big Mouth Billy Bass REC + PLAY: A much smaller version of the fish. Sings "Take Me To The River" followed by a recorded message (2009).
  • Big Mouth Billy Bass Ornament: A mini, non-animated ornament version of the 2015 Christmas Billy. Sings "Jingle Bells" and "I Will Survive" (2015 - 2016).
  • Big Mouth Billy Bass: An Airblown Inflatable version of Christmas Billy Bass was made that sings "I Will Survive" while his head moves (2015).


  • The fish is very popular, and as such, it has been featured and parodied in various types of media. (Including the movie WALL-E).
  • Other companies have made their own versions/counterfeits of this singing fish over the years. There's many different types of fish and sea creatures, including but not limited to lobsters, whales, crocodiles, and dolphins.
  • In 2009, McDonald's made a parody ad in which the fish sings about the Filet-O-Fish sandwich. Later, Gemmy made their own animatronic version of the fish, called Frankie.
  • There was a precursor to Billy Bass called S.A.M.'s Electronic Trophy Fish. It was the first animatronic fish made (in 1988). It was rather realistic, and it only moved its tail when activated, though it didn't catch on in popularity like Billy Bass.
  • The Countdown Singers/The Hit Crew sang Don't Worry Be Happy (Recorded in 1988 and on Side 1 of the Peter Pan Don't Worry Be Happy cassette tape) for the original 1999 edition.
  • There is a 15th Anniversary variant that sings "Hey Good Lookin'" and "Whisky River". There are only two people currently known to have this prototype.
  • PiecesOfEverything, or the Gemmy Prince of Black Hair, owns a potential prototype/sample 15 year edition, direct from Gemmy. The differences are as follows:
  • Mixed skin, kind of generation 1.5
  • Back cover is blank
  • There is a rarer version of the original Big Mouth Billy Bass that does not sing "Don't Worry Be Happy".
  • The Big Mouth Billy Bass Musical Keychain is one of the few spin-offs of the Big Mouth Billy Bass to be a static figure with no animation that only plays music, alongside the 15th anniversary Christmas ornament.
    • In addition, it rivals the Christmas ornament as the smallest Big Mouth Billy Bass spin-off, and is considerably rare.
  • Many different variants were made to the original version of Big Mouth Billy Bass. Here are some examples:
    • 1. A slight modification of it's circuit board (It made it possible to glitch it on low batteries.) and the skin pattern is slightly different.
    • 2. The pitch rises when the batteries are close to low.
    • 3. (The Canadian variant) had a faster tail movement. A variation in the Take Me to the River recording, and a glitch, that the mouth moves differently than normal.
    • 4. Is missing a diode, to prevent his head from slamming and damaging the plaque.
    • 5. The circuit board's apperance is slightly different ("L" shape) and the cover for the mechanism is blue instead of white
    • 6. Has a more realistic skin pattern
      • Some of these variants was also produced in other singing fish from the 2000s such as Travis Trout.
  • Some plaques are in a lighter color, and some plaques are in a darker color.
  • There is an uncommon version of the Blues version of Big Mouth Billy Bass Sings for the Holidays that doesn't have a high note at the end of the song.