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The Bear That Couldn't Sleep (1939)

Passed  |   |  Family, Animation, Comedy  |  10 June 1939 (USA)
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Barney's settling in for the winter. But water leaks, a loose shutter, a noisy fire, a teakettle left on, and some stray embers all get in the way, and Barney also locks himself out. And that's just the beginning.

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Barney's settling in for the winter. But water leaks, a loose shutter, a noisy fire, a teakettle left on, and some stray embers all get in the way, and Barney also locks himself out. And that's just the beginning.

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10 June 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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Released on a bill with the film "6,000 Enemies"(1939) See more »

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Lullaby (Cradle Song)
Written by Johannes Brahms
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The first Barney Bear cartoon
31 January 2015 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This is the first short in the Barney Bear series from MGM. There will be spoilers ahead:

Barney Bear is a character patterned after actor Wallace Beery, a character actor known for playing gruff but lovable characters, as well as the occasional villain.

In this short, Barney is getting ready to bed down for the winter, complete with hot water bottle for his feet. Almost immediately, events begin to conspire against his being able to get to sleep. First, there's drip from a tree root, which Barney uses a combination of brute force and laziness to correct.

As he settles down again, the shutter on his window start to rattle with the wind. He resolves that only to notice water dripping on his floor under the bed. It takes a moment for him to register that it's the hot water bottle and the look on his face initially is priceless! Then he gets doused by accumulated water from his earlier "fix" of the leak. At this point, I started feeling really sorry for Barney.

Then the kettle on an OPEN fireplace starts to whistle. When Barney attends to the kettle, some embers from the fire pop into his pajama bottoms, with delayed yet wholly predictable results. Barney winds up in a snowbank outside and gets locked out.

Barney gets back inside but wrecks the interior of his house in doing so. Eventually, he finally gets to sleep-only to be wakened by his alarm because it's now spring for a very puzzled, tired and unhappy bear.

This short can be found online and is well worth looking for. Most recommended.


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