A ranger tries to get his bears to clean up the mess the tourists have left behind.

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Uncredited cast:
James MacDonald ...
Humphrey the Bear (voice) (uncredited)
Bill Thompson ...
Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore (voice) (uncredited)
Jackson Weaver ...
Smokey the Bear (voice) (uncredited)
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The tourists have left behind lots of trash. Ranger Woodlore enlists his bears to clean up by turning the task into a game (and a dance), but when he takes to his hammock, they see through his ruse. Plan B: bribery no food until cleanup complete. But all the other bears put their trash in to Humphrey's section, so he resorts to a number of unsuccessful ruses to dispose of it. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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In later broadcasts of this short film on television, the part involving Smokey the Bear was removed. See more »

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In one scene of the full-screen version (but not the Cinemascope version), when a rabbit pushes all of the trash out of its bush that Humphrey had swept it into, the whole line of trash moves together, even the part which is past and should have been left behind. See more »


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Put It in the Bag (The Humphrey Hop)
Music by George Bruns
Lyrics by Daws Butler
Performed by Bill Thompson
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Top-drawer, shame it was the last
21 March 2002 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

This was the last cartoon produced by Disney's shorts unit before it closed down (although afterwards, the studio's feature animators would make one or two shorts a year, when they had the time, at least until Walt Disney's death). It's fitting that it was made by the studio's greatest director, Jack Hannah. By Hannah's standards it's good but not outstanding - which means that by other standards it IS outstanding. It's only the second cartoon to star Humphrey B. Bear (incidentally, that name was later adopted by an insipid man-in-a-bear-suit fixture of Australian children's television, which is an insult - I don't know why Disney let them get away with it), a character Hannah introduced as a supporting player in the 1953 Donald Duck cartoon, "Rugged Bear". (Of the six cartoons in which Humphrey appears the first of them is the only one I haven't seen. It was nominated for an Oscar, not that that means anything.) Humphrey is an inspired character. Like all of Hannah's creations he has adult human intelligence, give or take, but is beast, not man, at heart. He is the greatest of all animated bears.

These days "In the Bag" is mainly used as a way of letting children know that they should tidy up after themselves, but put its dubious propaganda value to one side: it's a first-class, charmingly dotty, very funny piece of animation.


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