In the Bag

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In the Bag
Directed by Jack Hannah
Produced by Walt Disney
Written by Franklyn Marks
Al Bertino
Starring Bill Thompson
Jimmy MacDonald
Music by George Bruns
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date
27 July 1956
Running time
7 min
Country United States
Language English

In the Bag is a 1956 Walt Disney's animated theatrical short directed by Jack Hannah and featuring park ranger J. Audubon Woodlore and his comedic foil Humphrey the Bear.

The short can be found on disc 2 of Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts: 1920s–1960s. This was the last Disney theatrical cartoon short subject distributed by RKO Radio Pictures.


Tourists have departed Brownstone National Park where Humphrey lives, leaving trash everywhere. The park ranger initially starts to pick it up himself, but then decides that he shouldn't have to do it because he is the boss. He then calls Humphrey and the other resident bears and asks them to "put it in the bag", while singing and dancing to a catchy song. The bears happily collect the trash, bouncing and jouncing until they discover the ranger's actual motivation. With Humphrey dropping the ranger into a garbage can, the bears angrily dump their bags of refuse on the ground. Realizing that he should at least reward the bears for their assistance, the ranger prepares some chicken cacciatore, but says that he will only give it to the bears on the condition that they clean up their sections of the park. All of the bears then move their garbage into one section, leaving Humphrey to clean it all up himself. He does this quickly by stuffing the garbage into a bag, but as he is returning to receive his dinner, the bag gets caught on the twig of a tree stump and rips apart, letting the garbage out. The ranger then gives him a new bag and Humphrey follows the garbage down the line all the way to a cliff, but falls off as the puts the last scrap in the bag. Next, he attempts to conceal the garbage under a bush, but the bush turns out to be the home of a rabbit, who disgustedly pushes it back out. Humphrey then tries to burn the garbage with a match, but is stopped by Smokey the Bear, who reminds him that "only you can prevent forest fires." Finally, Humphrey puts all of the trash into a hollow stump, which is actually a geyser named "Ol' Fateful". The ranger prepares to reward Humphrey with a dish full of cacciatore, but before Humphrey can take it, the geyser suddenly erupts, spouting the garbage everywhere, resulting in Humphrey having to start all over again at cleaning up the park.

In the Bag song[edit]

The catchy tune featured in In The Bag was so popular that Disney released a version of it (with similar instrumentation and different vocals) as a single, "The Humphrey Hop." The song was sung again by Woodlore to his Brownstone Bears in a 2002 episode of Disney's House of Mouse, where they serve as the House's "clean-up crew."

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