Release date: January 11, 1936.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Supervision: Friz Freleng.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Starring: Bernice Hansen (Little Bears).
Musical Score: Bernard Brown.
Animation: Cal Dalton and Sandy Walker.
Sound: Treg Brown (uncredited).
The first WB cartoon to use the famous concentric rings in which it is the trademark of the WB cartoons; and would be used until 1964 in many, many cartoons. At least it shows an improvement on the designs for the titles; with those fancy rings.
As they are playing; the black cub then starts to punch at the brown cub's face in which the brown cub begins to chase after the brown cub. The black cub then runs away from the brown cub but encounters a turtle as though he's never seen one before. The cub then starts to follow the turtle. Notice how the turtle walking is just a cycle but it's full animation as he turns his around to the cub. The cycle of the turtle is okay.
The bear cub is crying after being bitten on the nose. The brown cub then laughs at the black cub's misfortune in which angers the black cub. The black cub then starts to retaliate by attempting to throw a rock at the cub but the brown cub dodges. The rock ends up hitting the parent of the cubs - I'd say it's their mother; even though the grunting sounds like a father; but the mother mammal often have the responsibility of looking after the children. The mother cub then starts to walk up to her cubs trying to figure out who threw the rock at her.
Since the mother doesn't know who did it and both cubs are blaming each other - she starts to spit out of his mouth and onto her hands. She grounds her fist to her hand where the spit will land; and will assume who's got the blame. Now that is not a fair way of doing that. The spit lands in the position of the brown cub in which he is given a smack in the rear end. The black cub then starts to creep out of the scene trying not to get involved in this situation. The black cub then runs off to hide by a tree. The brown cub is feeling the pain from his rear end in which he rubs it. He also walks to the tree where the black cub is standing.
The cub then starts to run off as the cub is counting. I do wonder how much the cub will count up to since it hasn't been direct to how long?
The cub is pleased to see that there is a lot of food prepared on the table as well as comfy bunk beds. This feels like a paradise for the bear cub. Meanwhile the brown bear cub is still counting and ends up counting past "500" by counting the numbers chronologically "501...502...503...504".
The bear is still eating his sandwich until he finds a bottle of cider and probably mistakes it for a drink that is non-alcoholic. The bear then starts to feel very weary and dizzy afterwards in which he almost passes out.
Back in the cart; the black cub is clearly drunk as he hiccups. The cub giggles every-time he hiccups. We get a pretty decent point-of-view shot of the cub's view of the cart which shows the room being very wobbly and dizzy. One of those great point-of-view shots of a drunken person's eyesight. The cub hiccups again and it turns into laughter.
The black bear cub places a hat on top of his head but hiccups with the hat landing on his tail. The drunken pig is therefore singing the song (probably I've Got to Sing a Song Because I'm Gay but I'm not too sure). The song finishes with an interrupted tomato splat on the black cub that was caused by the brown cub.
The gypsy cart is therefore rolling down the hill which the two cubs are in peril. They look out the window and they both don't know what to do.
I do quite like the animation for the cart driving down the mountain but it moves like a cart and trailers don't do that. The next scene is a reused idea from old Harman-Ising productions where the cart is sliding through the trees; with it's wheels extending to show the legs - I guess.
The skidding then ends when the cart crashes into a tree. The two cubs then step out of the cart with plates, cups and other items falling down crashing onto the brown cub in which he feels rather weary.
Ah-ha; it seems that he overall theme in this cartoon is "blame"; and the black cub gets away with mischief a lot just like when he threw that stone or when he was drunk.
The black cub is still walking out of the way pretending to act all innocent and all. The mother bear has finished with the child; but the brown bear's behaviour has turned aggressive since he picks up a rock and throws it at the black cub. The black cub then feels the smack of being hit by the rock and hits the ground looking back at how had hit him?
Overall comments: Interesting theme throughout the short since the blame is passed on the innocent. The two cubs are as bad as each other; but the black cub is probably the most mischievous. The sequence of the black cub acting all drunk was pretty entertaining; as well as the brown cub counting for a very long time and counting too much; until it got to the point were the joke was boring. This cartoon wasn't particularly special that probably only had a few moments. Goes to show that Freleng hasn't been immediately influenced yet by Avery; although Avery had only just started so that's a fair comparison. Not a special cartoon; pretty forgettable and that's all I'm going I have to say about the cartoon.