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Busy Little Bears (1939)

Approved  |   |  Short, Family  |  20 April 1939 (USA)
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Three bear cubs are observed exploring the forests of the Sierra Nevadas, encountering other wildlife, and invading the kitchen of a local ranch house.



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The camera follows and Joe Laurie, Jr. narrates the adventures and misadventures of three bear cubs as they explore the Sierra Nevada forest, encounter meetings with various animals, and then invade the kitchen of a ranch house, where they take a nap after filling themselves with food. Written by Les Adams <>

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18 August 2004 | by (LA CA) – See all my reviews

Short subjects, like short stories, as a rule lack the broad popularity of features and novels. That's a shame, because it means that it's hard to locate and view some of the best.

Three cubs in Yosemite frolic in search of food, tussle with an owl, a badger, and a skunk, and end up in a cabin, where they make mayhem in the kitchen till they're found by the owners. The narration gives them names but doesn't anthropomorphize them unduly, and the camera is mostly content to sit back and watch their antics, which are charming. This Oscar winner certainly earns the "AWWWWWWW" it gets from the audience at the last shot -- the three cubs cuddled up on a sofa.

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