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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One of the better "Censored 11" cartoons, and in my opinion unjustly banned
17 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears' will never be one of my favourite cartoons by any stretch of the imagination, but it is a very entertaining cartoon and one of the better "Censored 11" cartoons.

As to its banning and its criticism for racism, sure there are stereotypes but by today's standards they come across as tame and to be honest this reviewer didn't detect any blatant racism. There are far more extreme examples of racism and racial stereotyping in other "Censored 11", a prime example being the hunter in 'All This and Rabbit Stew'. While it does need a re-watch, from memory 'Angel Puss' was pretty offensive and the worst of the "Censored 11" but by all means it will be given a chance.

It is not a perfect cartoon. The animation is very exaggerated which is not and won't be to the tastes of some people, personally found it quite unattractive with quite ugly and over-stereotypical character designs, not very imaginative (Bob Clampett this ain't) and does lack smoothness and fluidity. It is agreed that Little Red Riding Hood is very annoying.

On the other hand, the music is absolutely amazing and easily the highlight of the cartoon. 'Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears' is also very funny, sometimes hilarious, with the bears very effectively and imaginatively utilised.

Effective also is the voice acting, which is very exuberant and of top-notch quality throughout. Mel Blanc, one of the greatest voice actors who ever lived and had the unsurpassed ability to voice multiple characters in the same cartoon and give them different and individual personalities, can do no wrong, and 'Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears' is interesting for the involvement of Ruby and Vivian Dandridge, mother and sister of Dorothy.

To conclude, a very enjoyable "Censored 11" cartoons and one of the better ones. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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