3 user

The Playful Polar Bears (1938)

A joyfully contented group of polar bears encounter danger when hunters arrive.


Dave Fleischer


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



Uncredited cast:
Jack Mercer ... Papa Polar Bear (voice) (uncredited)
Mae Questel ... Baby Polar Bear (voice) (uncredited)


A joyfully contented group of polar bears encounter danger when hunters arrive.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

color classic | See All (1) »


Animation | Short


Not Rated






Release Date:

28 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Fleischer Studios See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

It makes you wanna go out and hug a polar bear!
21 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I don't understand folks and their love of polar bears. They are, without a doubt, one of the meanest creatures on the planet. They regularly eat people if they get a chance. I remember years ago when one of these adorable creatures ripped the arm off one of their keepers at the Cincinnati Zoo!! I also saw a documentary where a cameraman inside a cage with steel bars was shocked when one of the animals squished the bars like they were made out of aluminum foil and it tried to eat him! And, in another film, they tried to bottle feed an orphan polar bear but it became unmanageably violent very, very quickly (much, much more than grizzly bear cubs). Yet, oddly, folks think they are cuddly and sweet.

In "The Playful Polar Bear" there really isn't a huge amount of plot and it's the sort of film PETA would adore and Ted Nugent would hate. The bears are all scampering about and having a wonderful time. However, evil hunters show up and begin shooting. Soon the mama bear thinks her awkward offspring has been killed. But can the film manage to STILL have a happy ending?!

In the film, dozens of bears play alongside each other. In the wild, of course, they'd kill each other as polar bears get along worse than democrats and republicans! Now if I put aside facts and the biologist stirring within me and look at the cartoon without being THAT critical, I can at least say it has nice animation. Otherwise, it's a bland little cartoon with little going for it. Too cutesy for my taste--I would have preferred if these animals acted like REAL polar bears.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed