Rugged Bear
Studio: Disney Release Date : October 23, 1953 Series: Donald Duck

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Humphrey the Bear tries to survive bear hunting season by disguising himself as a bear rug.


Donald Duck
(Voice: Clarence "Ducky" Nash)
Humphrey the Bear



Jack Hannah


Robert W. "Bob" Carlson Jr.
George Kreisl
Volus Jones


Al Bertino
David "Dave" Detiege


Oliver Wallace


Ray Huffine


Yale Gracey

Effects Animation

Dan MacManus


Walter Elias "Walt" Disney


Nominated for the Academy Award (Oscar): Best Short Subject


RKO Radio Pictures

Reused Animation Used in:

Hooked Bear (Animation off Humphrey hiding behind a tree to avoid getting shot.)

Included in:

Duck Flies Coop
The Ranger of Brownstone

Cut Scenes

  • Donald pointing his gun at the rug (which is actually Humphrey in disguise.) Also, Donald pushing the control buttons on the washer/dryer.


Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 15)


United States

Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 9 : Donald Duck's First Fifty Years


Donald Superstar and Co.


Disney Adventures
Le Avventure di Caccia del Prof. de Paperis

Laserdisc (CAV)


Donald Duck : A Star is Born
Mickey's Christmas Carol

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

Silly Symphonies / Animals Two by Two


Disney Cartoon Festival 5
The Hunting Instinct


United States

The Chronological Donald: Volume 4: 1951-1961

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 6:18
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Color Type: Technicolor
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Country: United States
Original Language: English
Print Type: 35mm
Sound Type: Mono: RCA Sound Recording

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From Meli :

Ya can't go wrong with this dopey, yet fun loving bear! He's been one of my favorites since I was a wee one. I am disappointed to say I haven't been able to find any videos or DVD's with him on 'em. I would really like to get a compilation video/DVD of him.

From Gene McLaughlin :

Humphrey is my favorite Disney character. I was in Disneyworld for my honeymoon three weeks ago and looked everywhere for Humphrey items but found nothing. I have been looking for a video with him on it for years and can't find anything. This is a shame since he is one of the funniest characters Disney ever created.

From Ryan :

I enjoy this Donald Duck/Humphrey the Bear cartoon very well. It's hunting season and Humphrey seeks refuge in Donald Duck's hunting lodge, but must pretend to be his bearskin rug in order to stay. Although the animation and background art of this short is rather limited, the humor makes up for it.

From D. R. :

This is a funny short - Humphrey disguises himself as Donald's rug. My favorite parts are when he comes out of the washing machine, and at the old rug at the end. That ending cracks me up every time.

From Dijana :

I hope Disney releases this cartoon on DVD soon, my brother and I still talk about it to this day and we had last seen it over 10 years ago. One of the funniest I have ever seen.

From Baruch Weiss :

It's a shame that Humphrey came at a time when Disney was losing interest in their shorts because then Humphrey would have been a better known character. In this short he certainly is and is funny especially in the ending where another "Rugged Bear" comes out and asks "Is the coast clear pal?" Then as he goes out of Donald's Cabin he says to Humphrey "Thanks a million buddy!" then Humphrey does his silly laugh then the cartoon closes!

From Trae Robinson :

Warner Bros. had a cartoon similar to this in 1961 called "What's My Lion?" with Elmer Fudd and a lion. Donald doesn't even have bad luck in this cartoon.

From Mike :

Humphrey the Bear is a really hilarious character, and this is one of his finest performances. The two scenes that really cracked me up were when Donald breaks the nuts in his mouth, and the very end scene. Just a funny cartoon all around.