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The Legend of Rockabye Point (1955)

The old fishing boat captain tells the story of Chilly Willy, a singing polar bear and a bulldog who quickly falls asleep when he hears a lullaby.

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In the Antarctic, a fishing boat passes an iceberg where we hear the lullaby "Rockabye Baby" being sung. The captain explains how, 20 years ago, a polar bear was trying to steal fish from his ship. Alas, Chilly Willy the penguin also had his eyes on the fish. A very mean bulldog was sleeping in front of the fish, and Willy made sure the polar bear kept waking it up. Every time, the bear quickly sang a verse of "Rockabye Baby" and the dog would fall asleep again. Finally, the two of them ended up stranded atop a tall iceberg, where we see that they're still going at it, with bushy gray beards now. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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11 April 1955 (USA)  »

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Legend of Rock-A-Bye Point  »

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Charlie the polar bear sings the lullaby "Rock a bye Baby" in its entirety eight times over the course of the film. See more »

Goofs

When the anvil falls on the Polar Bear's head he takes right hand to cover his mouth so he won't wake up the Bulldog but in the next shot when he is writing ouch! his left hand is covering his mouth. See more »

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Referenced in Swiss Miss-Fit (1957) See more »

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A masterpiece and in my opinion the best short Tex Avery ever made!

Tex Avery was the best director of cartoon shorts, certainly in the Golden Age and probably ever. In my opinion, The Legend of Rockabye Point is his best short in a long, distinguished career. t's nominally a Chilly Willy cartoon, but the primary focus is not Chilly, but a polar bear named Charlie and a bulldog (I think his name is Sam) and the perfect Avery running gag. That this is not currently in-print saddens me beyond belief. It should be. I wish I had this cartoon! Highly recomended.


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