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This is my absolute favorite Disney Character. In The Bag is one of a few Humphrey cartoons that I loved as a kid. Humphrey and friends,are hilarious!! The bear characters' expressive faces are incredibly funny. The idiotic look on the bears' faces when they come to the realization they've been duped by the ranger...Just priceless. This cartoon is really the first Road Runner/Wylie Cayote scenario. Humphrey is always after food (remember the honey and fish in the Donald Duck/Humphrey cartoon?), and is always starving. But Humphrey, ever on the verge of a feast, never gets to eat. Poor bear... I saw all of his cartoons as a kid and watched them again with my girls when they were little. They still sing the song... first you pick it up put it in the bag; bump, bump.
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
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.
One of the best Humphrey Bear shorts along with Rugged Bear and it makes me sad how under-appreciated Humphrey is. If you love cute and funny characters, Humphrey is both to a tee, and the way he's treated makes you feel sympathy for him as well. In the Bag perfectly and naturally shows Humphrey's cute and funny traits and you also feel sympathetic towards him as well. The other bears deserve a mention too, their expressions and how they act are worth laughs of their own and they are done really expressively in the animation. Ranger Woodlore is a good foil and is very well and distinctively voiced by Bill Thompson but the bears steal the show here. Speaking of the animation, it was wonderful and very crisp and colourful throughout. There is much detail to be seen and the colours are quite rich here too. The music is very characterful and always matches the action very well, the orchestration lush without being syrupy. In the Bag is a hilarious short too which makes one forget the slightly formulaic story, the gags do revolve around one thing- Humphrey trying and struggling to clean up the park- but never are they repetitive and they do have variety. Thanks to Humphrey and the clever timing they are hilarious and is one of the more consistent Humphrey Bear shorts in this respect. There is a great amount of charm and warmth here as well. All in all, a winner in every way. 10/10 Bethany Cox
I love Disney's Humphrey the Bear. He was a cute character from the
1950s that starred in a half dozen films--ones I loved to watch
whenever they were shown on television. Why? Because they are
fun--something some cartoons forget.
The ranger is sad--all the tourists have left the park a mess. Instead of cleaning it himself, he comes up with a plan--to con the bears into thinking cleaning up is some sort of game! He divides up the property like a ball field and sings the bears a catchy tune--and they dance about cleaning litter. Seeing the silly bears dancing about is pretty cute--but it gets even better once the bears realize they've been had! So what is the poor ranger to do? He obviously needs to come up with a better plan--one that involves Chicken Cacciatore!
Why did I like this cartoon (other than the fact that it has a catchy song)? Well, the bears were so adorable and expressive--possibly the best ones I've ever seen in a cartoon. And, on top of that, it's very funny. Well worth your time--and one of the better Disney shorts of the era.
A Walt Disney HUMPHREY THE BEAR Cartoon.
The Little Ranger comes up with a sneaky plan to trick Humphrey & the Brownstone Bears into putting all the tourist litter IN THE BAG.
This funny little film was the final theatrical appearance by both Humphrey the Bear & Ranger J. Audubon Woodlore; although their cartoons had provided lots of laughs during the 1950's Disney now retired them permanently to Brownstone Park. The cartoon's title tune is a fine piece of swing music and is a good example of the care Disney took with providing just the right music for his projects. Watch for a cameo appearance by a Very Important Bear with a Very Important Message. Bill Thompson provides the Little Ranger with his puffy voice.
Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by pictures & drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew comic figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters. Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination, ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but he was soon to be joined by other animated companions: temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against a storm of naysayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that childlike simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.
I saw this when I was about 3 years old. This was the only way my mother could get me to pick up my toys. We'd do the whole song and dance every couple of hours. So very cool that they can use cartoons to send positive messages, like "Be neat and clean up after yourself." If you can, find a copy for yourself.
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