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Ragtime Bear (1949)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Family, Short  |  29 September 1949 (USA)
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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)
Jerry Hausner ...
Waldo (voice) (uncredited)


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 <>

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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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Waldo has my sympathy and the bear my admiration, but the star is Magoo.
1 September 2002 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

As I understand it, this cartoon is called Ragtime Bear because Columbia wanted UPA to continue on with the animal-centered shorts that had been a staple for some time for the studio. UPA didn't really want to do that, as they had their own ideas (including one Quincy Magoo) but needed to get Columbia to sign a contract, so they did a cartoon ostensibly about a bear, but really starring the human Magoo. The first cartoons done by UPA proved more popular with audiences than Columbia's prior releases and Columbia basically gave them their head to do what they wanted. Money will do that, particularly with a movie studio, so a cartoon legend was born. One thing saddens me, though. The bear never appeared again, which is a shame, because he had acting ability and played a mean banjo! Excellent cartoon, well worth watching and having. Most highly recommended!

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