Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears
|Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears|
|Merrie Melodies (Bugs Bunny) series|
The title card of Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears.
|Directed by||Charles M. Jones|
|Produced by||Leon Schlesinger|
|Story by||Tedd Pierce|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc
|Music by||Carl W. Stalling|
|Animation by||Robert Cannon|
|Layouts by||Earl Klein|
|Backgrounds by||Robert Gribbroek|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date(s)||February 26, 1944(USA)|
|Running time||7:22 (one reel)|
|Preceded by||Hare Force (1944)|
|Followed by||Hare Ribbin' (1944)|
Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears is a Warner Brothers Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoon short released in 1944, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Tedd Pierce. This short marks the first appearance of Jones' dysfunctional version of The Three Bears, and of course is a parody of the old fairy tale, Goldilocks and The Three Bears.
Mel Blanc provides the voices of Bugs and Papa Bear (for the latter using a raucous voice similar to Yosemite Sam only a little higher-pitched). Mama Bear is voiced by Bea Benaderet, while Kent Rogers voiced dim-witted Junior. Stan Freberg is often credited with voicing the character of Junyer Bear in this short, but Junyer was actually voiced by actor Kent Rogers. The cartoon was released four months before Rogers' death in the crash of a training flight at Pensacola, Florida, while he was in the military during World War II.
The Three Bears are hungry and want something to eat, and plan on luring Goldilocks to them with porridge. They find, however, that all they have is carrot soup, which would only be useful in bringing Bugs Bunny to them. A plot derived from that of the traditional Goldilocks and the Three Bears story unfolds, with Bugs Bunny as the unwitting guest in the home of the three bears. Bugs Bunny eats Junior's porridge and sleeps on his bed. Then he tells the mama bear she's beautiful and she stops Papa bear and Junior from attacking him. Then the Mama wants to know about him so he runs and sees lady bears(including one showering). He runs to his hole, but the Mama is in the hole. The cartoon fades out with Bugs Bunny screaming and running away from the hole.
This cartoon is found on Volume 1 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection.
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