A Bear for Punishment

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A Bear for Punishment
Directed byCharles M. Jones
Story byMichael Maltese
StarringBea Benaderet
Billy Bletcher
Stan Freberg
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byPhilip DeGuard
Ken Harris
Phil Monroe
Lloyd Vaughan
Ben Washam
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
October 20, 1951 (USA)
Running time
7 minutes

A Bear for Punishment is a 1951 animated Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and featuring The Three Bears. It was the last of The Three Bears cartoon of the classic era.

The march, "Father", performed by Junior and Ma, is a special vocal written to the tune of "Frat", a long-standing Warner cartoon staple. This is also one of few shorts where Mel Blanc doesn't provide a voice for any character in the short.


The film begins with the bear family sleeping peacefully at home, when suddenly, the alarms of dozens of clocks located on Junyer Bear's table go off. Papa Bear wakes up completely and runs to try to turn them off. Junyer excitedly wakes up and exclaims: "Oh, boy! At last the great day has come at last! Oh, boy!" Papa Bear asks how to stop the alarms, and his son simply shushes the clocks. Dad gets angry and smacks a clock in Junyer's face. Mom replies: "But, Henry ..." Henry shouts: "Well! What do you Want!?" To which Mom replies: "It's Father's Day, Dear."

Then Mama Bear and Junyer Bear make several activities to please Papa Bear on his day, but only cause discomfort and misery, ending with a theatrical presentation in which there are three numbers, of which the latter involves a song called, Let's Give a Cheer for Father. This number ends with Mama Bear and Junyer Bear dressed as parents of the American homeland (George Washington and Abraham Lincoln respectively), who dress Papa Bear as the Statue of Liberty and shoot fireworks, as an allegory of July 4th.


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