Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears

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Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears
1944 goldilocks and the jivin' bears.jpg
Title card for Blue Ribbon re-release
Directed byFriz Freleng
Produced byEddie Selzer
Story byTedd Pierce
StarringMel Blanc
Sara Berner (uncredited)
Vivian Dandridge (uncredited)
Ruby Dandridge (uncredited)
Lillian Randolph (uncredited)
Ernest Whitman (uncredited)
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byKen Champin
Richard Bickenbach
Manuel Perez
Virgil Ross
Gerry Chiniquy
Jack Bradbury
Backgrounds byLenard Kester
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
September 2, 1944
Running time

Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears is a 1944 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng.[1]

1995 Dubbed Print on Laserdisc Canada vol. 2

The USA Dubbed Print has 1947-1948 Dubbed Version while The EU Dubbed Print leaves the original reissued logo and borders


The Three Bears, a jazz trio, are enjoying a hot jam session when their instruments catch fire. After consulting a storybook, they find that they must go out for a walk to let the instruments cool off.

Across the street (in a house with a neon sign saying "GRANMA'S"), the Big Bad Wolf is expecting Red Riding Hood's arrival. Instead, he receives a telegram that says Red Riding Hood will be late because she is "working at Lockheed as a rivetater." The frustrated wolf looks out the window and sees Goldilocks entering the Three Bears' house. (Unlike the other characters, Goldilocks is drawn as an attractive young woman.) Because there is a "food shortage" going on, the wolf decides to pursue Goldilocks.

Inside the Three Bears' house, Goldilocks tries all the beds and lies down in the best one, only to find the wolf in bed with her. The wolf chases Goldilocks through the house until the Three Bears return. Finding Goldilocks and the wolf struggling in the living room, they shout "Jitterbugs!" and begin playing a dance tune. The wolf and Goldilocks dance the jitterbug until the wolf is exhausted and flees to Grandma's house.

Red Riding Hood returns to find the wolf in Grandma's bed, but the wolf is too tired to eat her. So he attempts to make Red leave, claiming she came too late for their segment and his feet are sore from the dance. However The Three Bears rush in, shout "Dere's dat jitterbug!" and resume playing. This causes Grandma to burst out of a cupboard and jitterbug with the wolf, who turns to the audience and says, in a Jimmy Durante voice, "Everybody wants to get into the act!"


  • Because of the racial stereotypes of black people throughout the short, it is withheld from circulation, one of the so-called "Censored Eleven" shorts. It is the only Censored Eleven short not to be produced by Leon Schlesinger as he had sold the studio to Warner Bros. around the release of this cartoon.
  • This cartoon was re-released into the Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies program on December 1, 1951. Because the short credits Warner Bros. on re-release, the original closing title card was kept. It is the only cartoon in the Censored Eleven that does not survive with its original titles, as the original titles for "Sunday Go to Meetin' Time" and "The Isle of Pingo Pongo" are known to exist.
  • This was the first cartoon to be produced by an uncredited Eddie Selzer. The reason why the credits say "Produced by Warner Bros. Cartoons Inc" was because Selzer refused to receive on-screen credit as producer.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears". Retrieved August 17, 2015.

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