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Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears (1944)

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The stories of "Goldilocks" and "Little Red Riding Hood" collide with the world of jazz, resulting in three jiving bears and a jitterbugging Big Bad Wolf.


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Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ...
Various (voice) (uncredited)
Big Bad Wolf / Wee Small Bear / Western Union Boy (voice) (uncredited)
Ruby Dandridge ...
Little Red Riding Hood (voice) (uncredited)
Vivian Dandridge ...
Goldilocks (voice) (uncredited)
Lillian Randolph ...
Grandmother (voice) (uncredited)
Ernest Whitman ...
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)


An all-black cast, featuring the Three Bears as a jazz combo, combines the stories of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" and "Little Red Riding Hood." Written by Eric Sorensen <>

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2 September 1944 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Starting with this cartoon, the "Produced by Leon Schlesinger" text in the series titles and closings briefly became "Produced by Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc.". By "Stage Door Cartoon", it became "A Warner Bros. Cartoon". Obviously, this was done because Leon Schlesinger was no longer involved with the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies series; by this point, Eddie Selzer had become producer. See more »


Goldilocks: [noticing the wolf in bed with her] Say who are you? you ain't the three old bears!
Big Bad Wolf: You bet I ain't honey but lordy who cares!
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Edited into Uncensored Cartoons (1982) See more »


Puddin' Head Jones
Music by Lou Handman
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The three bears as Black jazz musicians, THAT'S unusual!
18 October 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very peculiar little film that was pulled from circulation a long time ago because some found the film to be racially offensive. However, compared to many of the other films Warner Brothers pulled out of circulation for the same reason, the racist elements of this film seem very, very mild and can be forgiven due to the time in which it was made. If you don't believe me, try watching ALL THIS AND RABBIT STEW or COAL BLACK AND DE SEBBEN Dwarfs!!! In fact, although the three jazz playing characters look stereotypically exaggerated, the characters don't act stupid or lazy like in some of the other offensive cartoons. Because of this, the film is important historically and if viewed by adults I think they can take the imagery without "blowing a gasket". Would I want little kids to see it? Maybe not--or at least I'd have to talk to them and explain the context of the cartoon and the attitudes towards Black America.

As far as the cartoon itself goes, it's pretty similar to MGM's SWINGSHIFT Cinderella, except that it isn't nearly as funny or well-made. Pretty typical of early 40s Warner Brothers, but not among their finer films.

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