Bratty Bobby Bumps tells his friend that he's starting a lodge in order to trick him. But Bobby soon gets his comeuppance when they encounter a bear!

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Bobby Bumps invited his black neighbor to join his "lodge." But first he has to be initiated. The neighbor cleverly avoids getting rammed in the behind by Bobby's goat, but as he's running away, finds himself in a precarious position with a wild bear. Bobby saved his friend, but quickly he finds himself in an even worse situation with the bear and needs the friend to return the favor. They both agree to be initiated together, and the final joke is on Bobby's poor goat. Written by Mary

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28 September 1916 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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rather clever, entertaining little cartoon
7 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

I'm not sure why the ratings for this cartoon are so low. Sure, it starts out pretty blandly--Bobby has trouble pushing his goat into a barn. Surely even in 1916, an intransigent farm animal as humor was a little old hat. But I thought the exchanges between Bobby and his neighbor were delightful. Yes, Bobby's neighbor is drawn as a stereotypical black boy with poor grammar, but he's also a worthy adversary for Bobby and ends up saving him from a bear in the end. The animation is nothing fancy, but it runs smoothly, and the cartoon's plot twists took me off guard and made me chuckle, which is about the best that you can hope for in a mere 5-minute cartoon that's almost 90 years old!


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