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Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears
Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears Title
Directed By: Charles M. Jones
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: February 26, 1944
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: Robert Cannon
Shamus Culhane (uncredited)
Ken Harris (uncredited)
Ben Washam (uncredited)
Layouts: TBA
Backgrounds: TBA
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Bea Benaderet (uncredited)
Kent Rogers (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Bugs Bunny
The Three Bears
Preceded By: Tom Turk and Daffy
Succeeded By: I Got Plenty of Mutton

Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears is a 1944 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones.

Plot

The Three Bears want something new to eat and decide to try and lure Goldilocks to them with porridge. However, all they have is carrot soup to lure Bugs Bunny instead. In an attempt to stop them from chasing him, Bugs tells Mama Bear that she's beautiful, compliments her eyes and plants a big kiss on her lips. The plan works, but Bugs now must escape from a love-stricken Mama Bear, now so smitten she can't keep her hands off of him ("Now, now, cut it out! Stop it! Hey, people are lookin' at us! Compose yourself!! STOP!!!").

Mama Bear hugs him, tries to kiss him and runs her fingers up and down his arms. Bugs tries to get away but Mama Bear is behind every door he opens. She tries to seduce him while wearing a loose fitting nightgown with a brown wig, a curve hugging green evening gown with a blonde wig (a la Veronica Lake), and finally appears before him in a bathtub taking a bubble bath. Bugs plows through a wall to escape. He makes it back to his hole to find Mama Bear already there. She giggles like a school girl and says "Tell me more about my eyes!" She has her way with him, kissing him several times. Bugs appears out of the hole, his face covered in lipstick.

The cartoon ends with Bugs running away screaming and Mama Bear being happy that she got to make out with Bugs Bunny. She is also shown wearing the same shade of lipstick Bugs has all over his face.

Availability

Notes

  • This short marks the first appearance of Jones' dysfunctional version of the Three Bears, and of course is a parody of the old fairy tale, Goldilocks and the Three Bears.
  • After Kent Rogers died in an accident while air traning, Stan Freberg would voice Junior Bear. (Billy Bletcher would voice Papa in subsequent appearances.)
  • While Bugs is making himself at home in the bears' house, he hums part of the melody and sings the title line of the song "King for a Day," composed by Ted Fio Rito.
  • Bugs says to Mama Bear, "I feel like a sister to you". It could be just for humor, but the statement itself is impossible.
  • The 1995 dubbed version keeps the original end cue for the USA dubbed print but the 1938-41 closing cue is used for the EU print.
  • The plot device of an older woman falling for and chasing after a younger man to the point where he finds it difficult to escape from her loving embraces and passionate kisses has been featured in other cartoons such as Red Hot Riding Hood and Swing Shift Cinderella (Grandma/Fairy Godmother after a Wolf), A Fine Feathered Frenzy (Gorgeous Gal after Woody Woodpecker) and Red Riding Hoodlum (Grandma Woodpecker after a Wolf). Donning several outfits in attempts to seduce these younger men along with appearing behind every door they open are similar tactics that these women use.

Clips

Looney Tunes Bunny and the Three Bears02:10

Looney Tunes Bunny and the Three Bears

References

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Bugs Bunny Cartoons
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1952 Operation: RabbitFoxy by Proxy14 Carrot RabbitWater, Water Every HareThe Hasty HareOily HareRabbit SeasoningRabbit's KinHare Lift
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1954 Captain HareblowerBugs and ThugsNo Parking HareDevil May HareBewitched BunnyYankee Doodle BugsBaby Buggy Bunny
1955 Beanstalk BunnySahara HareHare BrushRabbit RampageThis Is a Life?Hyde and HareKnight-Mare HareRoman Legion-Hare
1956 Bugs' BonnetsBroom-Stick BunnyRabbitson CrusoeNapoleon Bunny-PartBarbary-Coast BunnyHalf-Fare HareA Star Is BoredWideo WabbitTo Hare Is Human
1957 Ali Baba BunnyBedevilled RabbitPiker's PeakWhat's Opera, Doc?Bugsy and MugsyShow Biz BugsRabbit Romeo
1958 Hare-less WolfHare-Way to the StarsNow, Hare ThisKnighty Knight BugsPre-Hysterical Hare
1959 Baton BunnyHare-Abian NightsApes of WrathBackwoods BunnyWild and Woolly HareBonanza BunnyA Witch's Tangled HarePeople Are Bunny
1960 Horse HarePerson to BunnyRabbit's FeatFrom Hare to HeirLighter Than Hare
1961 The Abominable Snow RabbitCompressed HarePrince Violent
1962 Wet HareBill of HareShishkabugs
1963 Devil's Feud CakeThe Million HareHare-Breadth HurryThe UnmentionablesMad as a Mars HareTransylvania 6-5000
1964 Dumb PatrolDr. Devil and Mr. HareThe Iceman DuckethFalse Hare
1979 Bugs Bunny's Christmas CarolThe Fright Before Christmas
1980 Portrait of the Artist as a Young BunnySpaced Out Bunny
1990 Box Office Bunny
1991 Blooper Bunny
1992 Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers
1995 Carrotblanca
1996 From Hare To Eternity
2004 Hare and Loathing In Las VegasDaffy Duck for President

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