Happy Father’s Day!

The best gift anyone can ever give me on Father’s Day is Chuck Jones’ delightful 1951 cartoon A Bear for Punishment (embedded below). Jones said that he based the cartoon on his then-young daughter Linda’s well-meaning but inept attempts to honor him on Father’s Day.

The uncredited but superb voice work is provided by Stan Freberg (Junyer Bear), Bea Benederet (Ma Bear), and Billy Bletcher (Pa Bear; he also voiced the Big Bad Wolf in Disney’s Three Little Pigs cartoon). If this cartoon’s finale doesn’t leave you convulsed with laughter, see your doctor.

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One response to “Happy Father’s Day!

  1. It’s been years (Years!) since I’ve seen this. I remember seeing it as a kid and being very confused by the father bear turning into a “1st Class Heel”.

    Thanks for reminding me of this cartoon – and Happy Belated Father’s Day!

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