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Rock-A-Bye Bear Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1952 MPAA: # 15048
 featuring Spike, Hibernating Bear, Other Dog

Rock-A-Bye Bear On Video!  Rock-A-Bye Bear BCDB Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7/5 stars from 25 users.)

Rock-A-Bye Bear 10 out of 5 stars

Side Splitting laughter

Reviewed by: Splinter, February 13, 2003

This is one of the BEST cartoons that Tex Avery put out in his career at MGM. You almost feel sorry for poor Spike because no dog should have suffered so much.

The site gags were just great from the pinup that generated a quiet wolf whistle (and the bear's wrath) to Spike being tortured at every turn and having to run up a hill to scream in agony, or hold his nose with a quiet "PU!" or the classic feeding Spike a bottle and burping him, only to see him run up the hill and behind a bush to belch (Note the difference between this 1952 cartoon and, say, Barney Gumbel's belching on the Simpsons).

But, the ending of the cartoon was priceless and Spike has the last laugh as the little dog wakes the bear and gets the tar beat out of him while the bear is roaring "Shaddup!"

There were many different takeoffs on this theme (Tom and Jerry or Droopy, for example) But, none of them really held a torch to this particular short. I can just see theater audiences roaring with laughter as Spike gets poked, burned, tickled and other tortures that shouldn't happen to a dog. I've seen this cartoon several times and each time, I'm laughing so hard that I can't even breathe right.

Tex really showed the audience of what he was capable of.
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Deputy Droopy Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1955 MPAA: # 17325
 featuring Droopy, Sheriff, Slim, Shorty

Deputy Droopy On Video!  Deputy Droopy BCDB Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8/5 stars from 21 users.)

Deputy Droopy 8 out of 5 stars

Good stuff!

Reviewed by: Splinter, February 13, 2003

OK, this one was a take-off of the 1952 short "Rock-A-Bye Bear", but, wasn't quite at the same level. This is mainly because there was a different voice actor for Droopy. It wasn't quite as deadpan as the earlier Droopy cartoons, but, if the voice had been dead on, it would have made this a much better classic.

Similar to it's forerunner, it deals with "Noise" and waking someone up. The Forerunner, of course, had a grumpy bear that WANTED to sleep. This time, it's the sherrif who wanted to BE awoken by any kind of noise.

The crooks were outclassed by Droopy, of course, and outgunned as well. And, this time, you had twice the yelling as compared to "Bear", but, then, you had twice as many opportunites for critters to run up a hill and yelling just to avoid waking the sherrif.

A lot of the site gags were repeated, but, in different form. You had the red-hot drill being passed back in forth (compared to the red-hot doorknob). You also had one crook being bottle-fed and burped and the classic, "Trap one guy in a table and put a firecracker on his tongue."

But, the best part...using an old fashioned telephone to yell into.

All in all, not quite one of Tex Avery's best, but, still highly enjoyable, especially when Cartoon Network shows both back-to-back...and, in a rarity, basically uncut since nowadays, they tend to slice "non-pc" items out of cartoons now. Those that have been around for 30+ years will know what I'm talking about :)
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