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Rock-a-Bye Bear (1952)

Spike gets a job running the house for a hibernating bear. Only problem is that same bear is VERY noise-sensitive, and Spike's got a rival that wants his job.

Director:

Tex Avery

Writers:

Heck Allen (story), Rich Hogan (story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Daws Butler ... Dog pound proprietor / Joe Bear (voice)
Bill Thompson ... Spike (voice)
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Storyline

Spike gets a job running the house for a hibernating bear. Only problem is that same bear is VERY noise-sensitive, and Spike's got a rival that wants his job. Written by Reidar Lyng <groucho@phc.chalmers.se>

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Certificate:

Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Björn i ide See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When Spike sees the picture of the pretty woman, he folds it into a paper airplane and tosses it out the window, to avoid seeing it(and whistling at it), but when the airplane returned, it was folded differently than how Spike originally folded it. See more »

Quotes

Joe Bear: [shouting at Spike from across the room from his bedroom door] GOOD NIGHT!
[Joe then slams the door shut]
Spike: [softly] Good night.
[Joe runs out of the bedroom and gets in Spike's face]
Joe Bear: [shouting at Spike] SHUT UP! QUIET! I SAID, QUIET! What's the matter? You deef or something?
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Referenced in Royal Cat Nap (1958) See more »

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A noisy battle for quiet
16 October 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.

Also have much admiration for Tex Avery, an animation genius whose best cartoons are animated masterpieces and some of the best he ever did. 'Rock-a-Bye Bear' is an example of an animated masterpiece and one of his all time best, it is a cartoon of amazing quality, is very creative and hilarious, the violence (lots of it and big in scale) used in an inventive and tasteful way and it is a situation also that anybody can relate to if they've had their fair share of disturbed nights.

Spike is very funny and likable, very easy to be amused at but feel sorry for, but the star of 'Rock-a-Bye Bear' is Joe the Bear. He bags the biggest laughs (which are hilarious) and is someone you don't want to get on the wrong side of. Bill Thompson voices Spike marvellously, but top honours go to Daws Butler, some of his best voice work in an Avery cartoon.

Typically, Avery does a wonderful job directing, with his unique, unlike-any-other visual and characteristic and incredibly distinctive wacky humour style all over it as can be expected.

Once again there is nothing sadistic or repetitious, instead it's imaginative, wonderfully wild and hilarious throughout from start to finish.

It is no surprise either that the animation is superb, being rich in colour and detail. The character designs are unique, Avery always did have creative character designs, and suitably fluid. The music, courtesy of Scott Bradley, is lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms and fits very well indeed.

Summing up, an Avery masterpiece. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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