|Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears|
Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears is an animated cartoon short written by Tedd Pierce and directed by Friz Freleng. It was released on September 2, 1944, by Warner Brothers as part of its Merrie Melodies series. The film's story combines elements of Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Little Red Riding Hood. All of the characters are drawn in blackface style. This was the first cartoon to be produced by an uncredited Eddie Selzer.
It was reissued in the 1951-52 season as a Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies. Original closing still exists on prints.
With the Censored Eleven restoration that has yet to be released, it does not survive with its original titles, therefore they are assumed to be lost. It is the only one in the 11 to have the titles not survive, as Sunday Go to Meetin' Time and The Isle of Pingo Pongo's original titles do exist and have been seen with prints, but are not the original negatives, and have been saved by Tex Avery himself before reissuing the films.
This is the first cartoon to be PRODUCED BY WARNER BROS. CARTOONS when Schlesinger sold his studio. Prints of cartoons up to The Old Grey Hare will have WARNER BROS.
The Three Bears, a jazz trio, are enjoying a hot jam session, when their instruments catch fire. After consulting a storybook, they find that they must go out for a walk to let the instruments cool off. Across the street (in a house with a neon sign saying "GRANMA'S"), the Big Bad Wolf is expecting Red Riding Hood's arrival. Instead, he receives a telegram that says Red Riding Hood will be late because she is "working at Lockheed as a rivetater." The frustrated wolf looks out the window and sees Goldilocks entering the Three Bears' house. (Unlike the other characters, Goldilocks is drawn as an attractive young woman.) Because there is a "food shortage" going on, the wolf decides to pursue Goldilocks. Inside the Three Bears' house, Goldilocks tries all the beds and lies down in the best one, only to find the wolf in bed with her. The wolf chases Goldilocks through the house until the Three Bears return. Finding Goldilocks and the wolf struggling in the living room, they shout "Jitterbugs!" and begin playing a dance tune. The wolf and Goldilocks dance the jitterbug until the wolf is exhausted and flees to Grandma's house. Red Riding Hood returns to find the wolf in Grandma's bed, but the wolf is too tired to eat her. The Three Bears rush in, shout "Dere's dat jitterbug!" and resume playing. This causes Grandma to burst out of a cupboard and jitterbug with the wolf, who turns to the audience and says, in a Jimmy Durante voice, "Everybody wants to get into the act!"
Because the film contains stereotyped portrayals of African-Americans, it is no longer available in any type of authorized release and is among the group of controversial cartoons known to animation buffs as the Censored Eleven.