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The Unbearable Bear
Unbearable Bear
Directed By: Charles M. Jones
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: April 17, 1943
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Michael Maltese
Animation: Ken Harris
Ben Washam
Robert Cannon
Layouts: John McGrew
Backgrounds: Gene Fleury
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Sara Berner
June Foray
Marjorie Tarlton
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Sniffles
Fox Burglar
Henry Bear
Mrs. Bear
Preceded By: Super-Rabbit
Succeeded By: The Wise Quacking Duck
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The Unbearable Bear

The Unbearable Bear is a 1943 Merrie Melodies cartoon starring Sniffles and directed by Chuck Jones.


Sniffles' talkativeness foils both the burglar and a tipsy Officer Bear, who's trying to sneak past his rolling-pin-toting, sleepwalking wife.

Jones' direction

This cartoon marked a new direction in the Sniffles cartoon series; In this one, the cartoon has a zanier, faster pace and more humorous direction than previous Sniffles cartoons as director Chuck Jones "learnt to be funny" starting with The Dover Boys. Prior to that, Sniffles cartoons were cutesy and slow-moving in pacing, direction and timing.

This is the first cartoon where Marjorie Tarlton, who voiced Batty in The Brave Little Bat voices Sniffles, taking over the role from Margaret Hil-Talbot. Also, beginning from this cartoon, Sniffles has been recast as an incessant chatterbox who serves more as a nuisance than a cute protagonist.

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