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Ragtime Bear (1949)

At the Hodge Podge Lodge, a crotchety, near-sighted Mister Magoo takes a banjo-playing bear to be his nephew, Waldo.





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Uncredited cast:
Mr. Magoo (voice) (uncredited)
Waldo (voice) (uncredited)

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This is the first of a series of cartoons featuring the near sighted Mister Magoo. He and his nephew, Waldo, are en route to a vacation at a lodge in the mountains and Waldo's banjo playing tends to be rather annoying for Magoo but a nearby grizzly bear is really interested in the banjo. When Waldo falls off a mountain ledge, the bear gets hold of the banjo and starts playing. Magoo is so near sighted, he doesn't know Waldo is gone and thinks the bear playing the banjo is Waldo. When they arrive at their lodge, Magoo and the bear get into more misadventures. Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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banjo | bear | lodge | fur coat | coat | See All (52) »


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Release Date:

29 September 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Ragtime Bear  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included in the 3-disc DVD set "UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection," released 15 March 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. See more »


[Mr. Magoo mistakenly believes he shot Waldo when he actually shot a bearskin rug in a bed, while the real Waldo comes in and sleeps on the bed, and Magoo pours water on his head, waking him up]
Mr. Magoo: Waldo, you're alive! Oh, I'm so ashamed, Waldo. Oh, here, Waldo, you can have your banjo.
[suddenly aims his shotgun at him]
Mr. Magoo: And if you play one note, I'll blast you!
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Referenced in Jeopardy!: Episode #26.90 (2010) See more »

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Decent Short
6 November 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Ragtime Bear (1949)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Nice Columbia short has the near-sighted Mr. Magoo going to a winter lodge with his nephew Waldo who is constantly playing the banjo. When Waldo falls off a cliff a bear picks up the banjo and begins playing it and this drives Mr. Magoo crazy but he can't see what's really going on. THE RAGTIME BEAR certainly isn't a classic by any stretch of the imagination but it's a decent enough of a short and it's certainly worth watching if you've got eight-minutes to kill. I think some of the best moments deal with the bear and especially one scene where he literally gives a guy a big bear hug. Another funny sequence happens at the end when Magoo is protecting the banjo with a gun and the bear must try and figure out a way to get it from it. Fans of the Mr. Magoo shorts will probably enjoy it even more and there's no question that the animation is extremely good.

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