Sterling Ambivalence (sterlingnorth) wrote,
Sterling Ambivalence

The Bear That Wasn't

One of the best Chuck Jones cartoons comes on tonight on Cartoon Network, 8pm ET. "The Bear That Wasn't", which was a story written by Frank Tashlin (who also used to be an animator and animation director at the infamous Termite Terrace with Chuck Jones during the 40s), is actually a pretty profound statement on personal identity and how it is shaped by outside forces. A factory is built around this sleeping bear. When he wakes up, the factory foreman assumes that this bear is just a another factory worker, who for some reason is wearing a fur coat, and badly needs a shave. The bear is absolutely unable to convince anyone that he really is a bear.

I probably gave away too much of the story, but my seven regular readers should see this cartoon. This is my television recommendation for the night!

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