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The Unbearable Bear (1943)

Sniffles the mouse's non-stop talking foils both the burglar and a tipsy Officer Bear, who's trying to sneak past his rolling pin-toting, sleepwalking wife.


Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)


Michael Maltese (story)


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Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ... Sniffles / Mama Bear (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Burglar / Officer Bear (voice) (uncredited)
June Foray ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
Marjorie Tarlton Marjorie Tarlton ... Various (voice) (uncredited)


Sniffles the mouse's non-stop talking foils both the burglar and a tipsy Officer Bear, who's trying to sneak past his rolling pin-toting, sleepwalking wife.

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Release Date:

17 April 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merrie Melodies #13 (1942-1943 Season): The Unbearable Bear See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Mama Bear: [holding a rolling pin, sleep-talking] Wait 'til I get my hands on that brute. I'll teach him to stay out all night gallivanting around... I'll show him who's boss in this house, the big lummox. That's the thanks I get for slaving over a hot stove all day...
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Blues in the Night
Music by Harold Arlen
[Played during the first shot of Mama Bear. Played often as her theme]
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Far from unbearable
15 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Chuck Jones is widely considered one of animation's finest directors/animators and for very good reason. When he was at his best, his cartoons were masterpieces of animation, comic timing, characterisation and wit.

The Sniffles cartoon series were very early efforts for Jones, and, while they are interesting from a historical perspective, it is safe to say that from personal opinion they really don't see him at his best. There is somewhat of a still finding his feet feel here, with the humour once he became a regular director for the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons becoming much funnier, more constant and wittier and the characterisation far more interesting.

As far as the Sniffles cartoons go, 'The Unbearable Bear' is one of the better ones. It's a little predictable and Sniffles is agreed annoying at times, nowhere near as much though as Batty in the previous cartoon 'The Brave Little Bat'.

However, there is really not that much wrong with 'The Unbearable Bear'. The animation is very good. It is lush and vibrant in colour and meticulous and beautifully drawn in detail. The character designs are fluid, well drawn and distinctive Jones, if not the creative ones of his very best cartoons. Carl Stalling's music is lush and characterful, with clever orchestration and a mastery of not just adding to the action but enhancing it as well (Stalling was a near-unequalled master at this, though Scott Bradley gave him a run for his money).

It is a very amusing, cute and easy to like cartoon and credit should be given for trying to give Sniffles a more compelling personality other than the cloyingly sugary sweet "cute" character he easily could have been, even though they did try a little too hard and could have toned it down. The supporting characters are good fun, especially Officer Bear, and the voice acting is very good.

All in all, one of Sniffles' better cartoons. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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