Barney Bear grows a victory garden that a gopher is only too happy to gobble up.

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Barney is preparing his victory garden; of course, he's not the world's most skillful gardener, but he does get some good results until a hungry mole comes along. A few of the jokes are specific to WW II and rationing, but most of them are timeless. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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26 December 1942 (USA)  »

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Wartime short has Barney trying to plant a victory garden
24 December 2015 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This is a short in the Barney Bear series produced by MGM studios. There will be spoilers ahead:

During World War II, given that food was rationed, Americans were encouraged to plant vegetable gardens to supplement their diet and help out the war effort. This short humorously has Barney Bear trying to plant and maintain one with limited success.

The short begins with a narrator telling the audience what is needed to have a victory garden and starts with "Preparing The Soil". It turns out that the ground Barney has to work with is hard and dry. How he finally gets the soil loose enough and turned enough to plant is great and it's also a nod to wartime propaganda.

Then, there's a section on what to plant, with some good to average gags in what is the weakest section of the cartoon. Finally, a gopher enters the scene and the fun begins. There's a running gag here which actually is less flat and stale than I would have thought it would be. Barney spends the rest of the short dealing with the gopher.

The ending of the cartoon is predictable but entertaining and this short is well worth watching. Recommended.


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