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A Bear for Punishment (1951)

It's Father's Day, and Junyer and Ma have a bunch of big surprises in store for good ol' Pa, including a pipe filled with gunpowder. To top it off, there's a gala Father's Day pageant, and ... See full summary »

Director:

Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Bea Benaderet ... Ma Bear (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Pa Bear (voice) (uncredited)
Stan Freberg ... Junyer Bear (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

It's Father's Day, and Junyer and Ma have a bunch of big surprises in store for good ol' Pa, including a pipe filled with gunpowder. To top it off, there's a gala Father's Day pageant, and Pa sits cringing through Junyer's recitation and aghast at Ma's tap-dancing rendition of "I'm Just Wild About Father." Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El día del padre See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the standard practice of always having his name appear in the credits, Mel Blanc does not actually voice any characters in this cartoon. See more »

Quotes

Junyer Bear: I will fill your favorite pipe for you, dear old dad, Pa. G-U-N-P-O-W-D-E-R, tobacco. I am a good speller, I am. C-A-T, dog. B-A-T, Rhode Island.
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Connections

Follows The Bee-Deviled Bruin (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

My Buddy
(uncredited)
Music by Walter Donaldson
[Played as background music during Junyer's recital.]
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Uproarious ending to the Three Bears series
1 October 2008 | by phantom_tollboothSee all my reviews

The lesser discussed by largely hilarious Three Bears series directed by Chuck Jones drew to a close in monumentally funny style with 'A Bear for Punishment'. A very simple premise makes for an hysterical cartoon. It's Father's Day and a reluctant Papa Bear must sit through his family's attempts to honour him in more and more violent or humiliating ways. This culminates in a ridiculous variety show which climaxes with a bizarre tableau in which the Three Bears assume the roles of Washington, Lincoln and the Statue of Liberty. As well as the ample laughs, 'A Bear for Punishment' also offers a slightly tragic angle as we witness the Baby Bear's unconditional love for his Pop contrasting with Papa Bear's genuine violent contempt for his son. As well as being a triumph of timing and an ability to draw riotous comedy out of an essentially plot less cartoon, 'A Bear for Punishment' is especially notable as a performance piece, with voice artists Billy Bletcher, Bea Benederet and Stan Freberg giving the most remarkable performances they ever gave as these characters. 'A Bear for Punishment' is a fittingly uproarious finale to an under appreciated series.


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