Rock-a-Bye Bear (1952)
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This film is chock full of violence--thanks to an insane bear who hires Spike the dog to be his watch dog during hibernation. As the bear is unhinged, he threatens grievous bodily harm to Spike if anything should wake him--and the nasty little white dog decides to take full advantage of the situation. Again and again and again, the little dog hurts Spike and Spike is forced to run out into the wilderness to scream. Hammers to feet, firecrackers in the mouth and many other violent and extremely painful things are done to poor old Spike, though fortunately in the end he gets his revenge.
Good old fashion cartoon violence and a great sense of humor--what more could you want in a film?!
Also have much admiration for Tex Avery, an animation genius whose best cartoons are animated masterpieces and some of the best he ever did. 'Rock-a-Bye Bear' is an example of an animated masterpiece and one of his all time best, it is a cartoon of amazing quality, is very creative and hilarious, the violence (lots of it and big in scale) used in an inventive and tasteful way and it is a situation also that anybody can relate to if they've had their fair share of disturbed nights.
Spike is very funny and likable, very easy to be amused at but feel sorry for, but the star of 'Rock-a-Bye Bear' is Joe the Bear. He bags the biggest laughs (which are hilarious) and is someone you don't want to get on the wrong side of. Bill Thompson voices Spike marvellously, but top honours go to Daws Butler, some of his best voice work in an Avery cartoon.
Typically, Avery does a wonderful job directing, with his unique, unlike-any-other visual and characteristic and incredibly distinctive wacky humour style all over it as can be expected.
Once again there is nothing sadistic or repetitious, instead it's imaginative, wonderfully wild and hilarious throughout from start to finish.
It is no surprise either that the animation is superb, being rich in colour and detail. The character designs are unique, Avery always did have creative character designs, and suitably fluid. The music, courtesy of Scott Bradley, is lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms and fits very well indeed.
Summing up, an Avery masterpiece. 10/10 Bethany Cox