Chuck Jones – "Bear For Punishment"

30 Oct

This may well be one of the funniest Chuck Jones cartoons ever. Big overgrown morons like Junyer, Baby Huey and Tex Avery’s “Lenny types” always crack me up. Junior steals the show, but Mama Bear’s dance routine is pretty great too. I believe Ken Harris animated that scene. I posted this model sheet before but I don’t think I mentioned that it was drawn by the super awesome Art Heinemann.

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13 Responses to “Chuck Jones – "Bear For Punishment"”

  1. Anonymous October 30, 2007 at 8:43 am #

    I’m not a fan of Chuck Jones, he is grossly overrated, and way too artsy in his most popular cartoons, but the Three Bears cartoons, especially this one and The Bee-deviled Bruin are amongst the funniest cartoons I’ve seen so far. Other big favourites are “Pest in the House”, “Fast and Furry-ous” and “The Dover Boys”.

  2. Michael J. Ruocco October 30, 2007 at 12:18 pm #

    This cartoon is so great! I always loved Jones’ Three Bears cartoons. So much chemistry between the disgruntled father, the hapless wife, & the “special” child. Kinda puts everything in perspective, don’t it? Sadly enough, I have met families exactly like the Three Bears. Saddening, right down to the core.

  3. Bob Camp October 30, 2007 at 7:09 pm #

    The 3 bear cartoons are some of the best Jones cartoons. I love the design of these characters. The cartoons are funny as hell. Chuck at his absolute best! Really great gags with super character dynamics. The relationship between the Dad and the stupid son kill me.

  4. Bob Camp October 30, 2007 at 7:11 pm #

    3 bears are the best. Chuck at his peak!

  5. Kevin Langley October 31, 2007 at 2:26 am #

    anon- I used to think Jones was overrated. Then I stopped watching his cartoons for awhile. When I started watching them again I realized just how great they really are. Especially the ones from the late 40’s and early 50s. The ones you mentioned are among my favorite of his. Sweet, Bob Camp stopped by. The Three Bears shorts have it all, great characters,gags, animation, designs, and backgrounds. Henry and Junyer are hilarious. I love Ma’s deadpan expression while she’s hoofin’ it.

  6. Michael J. Ruocco October 31, 2007 at 4:23 am #

    Do you have anymore Three Bear cartoons besides this one? They’re some of Jones’ funniest cartoons.

  7. Kasey November 1, 2007 at 1:37 am #

    In response to anon and Kevin… I used to be the same way as well. As you could tell from some of my older blog posts, I was’nt fond of Jones. But, after watching some of his truly great cartoons like these, I got over my “grudge”. 🙂

  8. PCUnfunny November 1, 2007 at 10:41 pm #

    They way I feel about Jones is this, his best work is underrated while his weaker work is overrated.I loved the Hubie and Bertie, Three Bears, and Claude Cat shorts. I also love his eraly 40’s work, his pace and sense of timing was terrific. Unfortunetly, Jones is best remembered by his most formulaic and boring shorts like Pe Pe Le Pew and The Road Runner and Coyote. I also think “What’s Opera Doc ?” is the most overrated cartoon ever made. No way in hell it’s the greatest cartoon ever made.

  9. Kevin Langley November 2, 2007 at 2:25 am #

    I have to agree with you a lot here. The Three Bears shorts, Hubie and Bertie, those are really great cartoons. Among his absolute best. “What’s Opera Doc” and “One Froggy Evening” are truly great shorts but they just don’t hit me like this one or “Rabbit Hood”. His early 40s shorts are a lot of fun too. There’s some nice experiments here and there. Some of his cartoons are overrated but there’s no way his work overall is.

  10. Anonymous November 2, 2007 at 7:31 am #

    Yeah, Jones’ forties cartoons are overlooked, and I much prefer them to the fifties stuff. 🙂

  11. Thad K November 2, 2007 at 11:03 pm #

    Love this one, along with all of Jones’ output from roughly The Dover Boys to Robin Hood Daffy (with one or two exceptions).

  12. Jorge Garrido November 9, 2007 at 12:01 am #

    Wow, you can really tell that the drawing at the top of this post was drawn by Chuck!Where’d you get that image?

  13. Kevin Langley November 9, 2007 at 12:16 am #

    I scanned that from Chuck’s book, “Chuck Amuck”.

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