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The Bear's Tale
Directed By: Fred Avery
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Henry Binder (uncredited)
Released: April 13, 1940
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: J.B. Hardaway
Animation: Rod Scribner
Backgrounds: John Didrik Johnsen (uncredited)
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Tex Avery (uncredited)
Sara Berner (uncredited)
Bernice Hansen (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: The Three Bears
Little Red Riding Hood
Preceded By: Slap Happy Pappy
Succeeded By: The Hardship of Miles Standish

Blue Ribbon Re-Issue Titles

The Bear's Tale is a 1940 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Tex Avery.


The Bears decide to go for a bicycle ride because their porridge is too hot. Goldilocks is walking around, but instead of going to the bears' house she decides to go her grandmother's house, where the wolf happens to be. He sends her away, then realized she'll make a fine meal, so he rushes back to the bears' house. Red gets to granny's house, finds a note from the wolf, and decides to call Goldilocks. The bears return home to find that their porridge was eaten and Papa Bear goes upstairs, thinking it's Goldilocks, but he opens the door and sees the wolf. The bears run out of their home, with the baby bear's pants falling off as the cartoon irises out.


The cartoon was reissued in the 1943-44 season. When the cartoon was sold to Associated Artists Productions for distribution, AAP hacked off the original Blue Ribbon opening title and edited it with a 1948-49 cartoon Blue Ribbon (not sure which one), a edit then swaps to Produced By Leon Schlesinger and the blue ribbon print continues. In 1995, this was fixed in the dubbed version. Around the mid-2000s, the cartoon had its original opening and credits restored for DVD.

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