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I Wanna Play House (1936)

Two bear cubs, one black, one brown, frolic near their sleeping father. The black one chases a turtle, who turns around and nips him on the nose. The brown one laughs at this; the black one... See full summary »

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Bernice Hansen Bernice Hansen ... Little Bears (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Two bear cubs, one black, one brown, frolic near their sleeping father. The black one chases a turtle, who turns around and nips him on the nose. The brown one laughs at this; the black one throws a rock, but he ducks and it hits papa's head. When each blames the other, he arbitrarily spanks the brown one. The black one next suggests they play hide-and-seek. He runs off and hides in a trailer, where he makes a sandwich and washes it down with cider. Feeling tipsy, he puts on a hat in front of a mirror and sings. The brown cub, having counted to a million, finds him. They fight, and in the process, release the brakes, sending the trailer careening down a narrow mountain road. It crashes into a tree, sending the cubs and the contents flying. The cider jug hits the brown bear on the head, making him woozy. Papa comes running, but seeing the jug and his son's actions, comes to the wrong conclusion and paddles him again. The black one thinks he's gotten away scot-free, but the brown one ... Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1936 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Because of the release of the dubbed version on LaserDisc, The original "That's all Folks!" ending rings are now lost forever and replaces the original with the 1937-1938 Orange and dark rings. It does not survive through CN Latin America. See more »

Connections

References My Green Fedora (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Outside of You
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when the black cub suggests they play hide-and-go-seek
Also played when the black cub sees the wagon and slides down the tree
Also played when the black cub enters the wagon and makes a sandwich
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concentric circles, thy name is entertainment
31 July 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

So it was: the second Warner Bros. cartoon released in 1936 introduced movie audiences to the concentric circles that would open the cartoons for almost thirty years. Friz Freleng's "I Wanna Play House" is clearly a product of their early days, before they'd figured out the zany path that their cartoons would take (it wasn't until the next year that Daffy Duck debuted). Hearing the bear cub singing "I sing because I'm gay," I get the feeling that they really didn't know just how it sounded! Nowadays, they would probably get accused of promoting stereotypes if they put that sort of line in a cartoon or movie.

All in all, an OK cartoon. Worth seeing as a historical reference. Available on YouTube.


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