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The Bear That Wasn't (1967)

A bear wakes out of hibernation in the middle of a human society that blindly refuses to recognize him as an animal.

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The Bear That Wasn't is a ten minute animated short about a bear that settles down for his long winter nap. While he is asleep the progress of man continues. He wakes up to find himself in the middle of an industrial complex. He then gets confused by the foreman as a worker and is told to work. To this he responds, "but I'm not a man, I'm a Bear." He is taken to each of his successive bosses, who try to convince him that he is just a very hairy man that needs a shave... Written by <kendel@livenet.net>

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Frank Tashlin disowned the film and accused Chuck Jones of completely missing the point of the story. Tashlin also wanted his name removed from the credits, but there wasn't enough time to do this before the cartoon had to go into general release. See more »

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Progress isn't everything!
3 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'The Bear That Wasn't' is a fine little cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Frank Tashlin, both seasoned animators who by the 1960s were at MGM having spent several years at Warner Bros. honing their craft on Bugs Bunny and the like.

The phrase 'To thine own self be true' could have been coined for this film. The bear who hibernates and awakes in the midst of an industrial estate could be forgiven for wanting to blend in with the crowd, but to celebrate individuality, however illogical it may seem, is more important to him.

The bear is a character we can empathise with, even given the difference in species ... and perhaps this fable proves that with progress, truth does not automatically follow.

Well drawn and tightly written, it can be found as an extra on the 3rd volume of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection.


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