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I Wanna Play House (1936)

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Two bear cubs, one black, one brown, frolic near their sleeping father. The black one chases a turtle, who turns around and nips him on the nose. The brown one laughs at this; the black one... See full summary »


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Uncredited cast:
Bernice Hansen ...
Little Bears (voice) (uncredited)


Two bear cubs, one black, one brown, frolic near their sleeping father. The black one chases a turtle, who turns around and nips him on the nose. The brown one laughs at this; the black one throws a rock, but he ducks and it hits papa's head. When each blames the other, he arbitrarily spanks the brown one. The black one next suggests they play hide-and-seek. He runs off and hides in a trailer, where he makes a sandwich and washes it down with cider. Feeling tipsy, he puts on a hat in front of a mirror and sings. The brown cub, having counted to a million, finds him. They fight, and in the process, release the brakes, sending the trailer careening down a narrow mountain road. It crashes into a tree, sending the cubs and the contents flying. The cider jug hits the brown bear on the head, making him woozy. Papa comes running, but seeing the jug and his son's actions, comes to the wrong conclusion and paddles him again. The black one thinks he's gotten away scot-free, but the brown one ... Written by Jon Reeves <>

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11 January 1936 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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This was the first Warner Bros. cartoon to begin and end with concentric circles behind the logos and titles. However, the now famous "zooming shield" was not present in this film. It was introduced in a later cartoon (unknown due to Blue Ribbon reissues), and it was initially used without the zooming sound effect. See more »


References My Green Fedora (1935) See more »


I Wanna Play House with You
Music by Allie Wrubel
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Played at the beginning, and when the brown cub laughs at the black cub
Sung with substitute lyrics by the black cub
Also played when the wagon runs out of control
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concentric circles, thy name is entertainment
31 July 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

So it was: the second Warner Bros. cartoon released in 1936 introduced movie audiences to the concentric circles that would open the cartoons for almost thirty years. Friz Freleng's "I Wanna Play House" is clearly a product of their early days, before they'd figured out the zany path that their cartoons would take (it wasn't until the next year that Daffy Duck debuted). Hearing the bear cub singing "I sing because I'm gay," I get the feeling that they really didn't know just how it sounded! Nowadays, they would probably get accused of promoting stereotypes if they put that sort of line in a cartoon or movie.

All in all, an OK cartoon. Worth seeing as a historical reference. Available on YouTube.

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