Despite his tender age, four year old Melvin Beebe is an expert archer. At his family's farm on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state, Melvin uses only props as target practice. These ...
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Despite his tender age, four year old Melvin Beebe is an expert archer. At his family's farm on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state, Melvin uses only props as target practice. These practices however are only a prelude to his first hunting experience in the forests around the farm one spring morning. The purpose is to bring home trophies to mount on his walls. The animals he encounters that day change the focus of what he ends up bringing home. Written by
This 1949 short was a bonus feature on the "Johnny Belinda" DVD.
It's basically showing a zoo act, except it's in a nearby "forest" and backyard of a family. It's three animals that all get along and play with each other: a baby bear, cougar and deer. Yes, it's a strange combination which, I'm sure, is the reason for the short movie. It's odd to see three animals like this playing.
A "story" is put with it, but it's not much a story. They have a little boy, Melvin Beebe, who is a great archer for his young age. We see his talent on display in the backyard. Soon, he's ready to hunt real animals but when he comes upon these guys, he can't fire an arrow. Instead, we wind up witnessing the trio romping and playing.
This is a "Bambi" lovers, obviously. Marvin Miller's narration is really corny, but - hey - it's 1949 and that's the cornball stuff of the day. In a way, it's refreshing.
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