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Western Animation / Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears

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"Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears" is a 1944 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones. Besides starring Bugs Bunny, this short also marks the first appearance of Jones' dysfunctional version of The Three Bears.

The Three Bears are hungry and want something to eat, and plan on luring Goldilocks to them with porridge, but they only have carrots, so they make carrot soup instead and pretend to go on a walk through the woods. However, they quickly return and hide in the house, waiting for Goldilocks to arrive. The aroma of the carrot soup literally brings the nearby Bugs Bunny out of his rabbit hole and into the Bears' home. A story parodying the Goldilocks and the Three Bears tale unfolds as Bugs deals with the trio of bears.

The cartoon is notable as a runner-up on The 50 Greatest Cartoons list.


"Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears" provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Played for Laughs. Papa Bear acts violent and nasty towards Junior, but given how dumb yet durable the latter is, it comes off as funny instead of disturbing.
  • Abhorrent Admirer: Mama Bear becomes one to Bugs after he compliments her in an attempt to save himself from the Bears. Unlike most individuals of this trope, she actually succeeds in having her way with her object of affection, even if it is against his will.
  • Affectionate Parody: Of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears".
  • The Cat Came Back: Bugs just can't shake Mama Bear; she even waits for him at his own burrow.
  • Christmas Cake: Mama Bear is way past her prime, as Bugs finds out when she attempts to dress in a slinky way for him.
  • Covered in Kisses: Mama does this to Bugs at the end of the short, having become so smitten with him.
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  • Fan Disservice: Mama Bear flirting with Bugs, and all of the sexy outfits she puts on for him. Just look at the page image!
  • Follow Your Nose: The aroma of the carrot soup lifts Bugs out of his burrow and carries him to the bears' cottage.
  • Forceful Kiss: While it is not shown, Mama Bear catches Bugs in his burrow, and gives him multiple kisses all over his face, all against his will.
  • Impact Silhouette: Bugs leaves the bears house this way after Mama Bear scares the crap out of him.
  • The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: When they get to the porridge part.
    Mama Bear: My soup— I mean, my porridge is too, hot.
    Papa Bear: [Doesn't even bother to taste the soup] Oh, my soup's too hot.
    Junior: [Drinks the whole bowl and belches] Somebody's been sleeping in my bed.
    [Papa Bear hits Junior]
  • Manchild: Junior is a massive bear in a diaper who acts like a baby.
  • Off-Model: The animation in this cartoon is all over the place, and Bugs looks just plain bizarre in some shots.
  • Simpleton Voice: Junior, famously performed by the great Stan Freberg.
  • Standard Snippet: When Papa Bear is thinking, Raymond Scott's "In an 18th Century Drawing Room" plays.


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