Friday, January 29, 2016

Toons You Might've Missed: Hooked Bear (1956)

Disney's output of animated shorts was more than the usual suspects (i.e. Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck). There were a few others that got shorter runs.

One of them was Humphrey Bear, who had appeared in 4 Donald Duck shorts after debuting in one of Goofy's shorts. Humphrey starred in just 2, and the first, "Hooked Bear", though it carries a copyright date of 1955, was released in early 1956. Disney staffer Jimmy MacDonald was responsible for what few sounds that issued from Humphrey's throat, as park ranger J. Audubon Woodlore (Bill Thompson), though not named in these films, carried most of the action.

Seems Humphrey's hungry for fish. The twist ending is a little out of focus, though.

Humphrey would find new life in television, appearing on The Wonderful World of Disney, and, in later years, guest starring on Chip 'n' Dale's Rescue Rangers, among other places.

Rating: A.


SaturdayMorningFan said...

I've always loved Humphrey, he's my favorite Disney character. Goofy's a close second. I think those 2 characters starred in the funniest shorts Disney ever produced.

hobbyfan said...

I think eventually, I'll post one of those Humphrey-Goofy teamings. To think I started by doing a search on YouTube for Ranger Woodlore......