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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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Even the author hated it,,,
30 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this last night on BOOMERANG. I could have turned it off, but it was like watching a train wreck. I had to research it and found that it was based on a children's book written in 1946; the author was said to be very unhappy with this animated version. The argument is always "But its for kids, not for adults, right!" Yes! There are so may quality animations for kids out there, why waste time on junk like this! It is everything that was wrong with the late 60's - 70's animation. Stuff like this almost killed the animation art form. In fact it was the last feature to be produced by the MGM animation group. P.S. - The lowest rank this form allows is "1 star", I wanted to give it "0".


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