This is the second cartoon in the Barney Bear series done by MGM. There will be spoilers ahead:
Barney Bear was patterned after early movie star Wallace Beery, who typically played gruff and irascible characters who often hid a heart of gold under all the bluster. Barney is a bit more cranky, but the characterization more or less fits him as well.
Here, Barney goes on a fishing expedition after trout. He has what's purported to be sure-fire bait and it does get their attention, particularly one young trout. The trout are crowded together, all barking like dogs! Just as Barney is about to cast his line, a duck lands nosily and frightens the fish.
Barney tries to chase the duck away repeatedly, but the duck only wants to be friendly to Barney. When Barney casts his line, the Duck also starts acting like a dog and retrieving Barney's line. This happens a couple of time and then Barney throws his box of bait at the duck and the fun begins! The trout fight over the bait with the smart young one getting it and taking off with Barney giving chase.
The duck tries to "help" Barney, which of course backfires on him and makes things worse. In the end, Barney's fishing trip turns into a disaster.
This short is available as an extra on the Pride and Prejudice (1940) DVD release and is well worth tracking down. Recommended.
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