I, too, have the "In the Bag" song permanently etched into my brain and mentally
sing it any time I put anything in any bag.
Bravo, Humphrey! Bravo!!
Humphrey the Bear is my absolute favorite Disney character of all time, and
I'm glad he's not been entirely forgotten! If nothing else, it gets everyone
in the house up and dancing along, which is opposite to TV's usual effect.
Years later, in college, I would always ask friends if they had seen that
cartoon with the bears pick up litter and dancing and bumping behinds. No one
ever knew what I was talking about and they thought I was crazy. It stuck in
my head, though, and finally I just had to know what the cartoon was. I googled
bears and dancing and trash, and sure enough, up popped this website. Thank
you, so much, for archiving all of this information. Had I not found it, I would
have thought I was crazy. My mom, of course, remembered the cartoon, but doubted
whether they still had the video. As I had seen that it was on a Winnie the
Pooh and Friends tape, I had hope when I found a tape labeled Winnie the Pooh
and Tigger cartoons. And it was on there! I had been heartbroken that no one
on Ebay had the video, but I was lucky that my parents still had it.
This cartoon is really something special to have stuck with so many people.
All of the comments from people are just as relieved and admiring as I feel.
The makers of this cartoon can smile knowing that they really planted a seed
in a lot of people. I really believe that this cartoon influenced my musical
skill and taste at an early age, and I am sure it prevented a lot of litter
and forest fires. I give this cartoon a 10, only because the ratings don't go
Before there was Yogi Bear and Ranger Smith, there was Woodlore and Humphrey.
As Woodlore appeared at the beginning of the film, he was complaining about
how filthy his park was. Humphrey, who was residing in a nearby garbage can,
was asked by Woodlore to call the rest of the bears over so Woodlore can lead
a game. Of course the pure intention was to clean up the park, more than thirty
years before the dawn of recycling. Woodlore then draws up the playing boundaries
and the cleanup begins.
As Woodlore conducts the dance, the bears follow along and have a total blast,
dancing arm in arm on several occasions. After a while of Woodlore going totally
bonkers (and smashing lids of tin cans as cymbals), he decides to sneak off
and take a nap behind the bears' back. Eventually the bears notice Woodlore
singing while he naps, so Humphrey picks Woodlore up and puts him in
the trash can. Woodlore tries to remotivate the bears but the bears stick out
their injured rear ends to him instead.
With that, Woodlore plays psychologist and announces that there is food,
so all the bears come by and get a whiff of the chicken cacciatore being cooked.
The ranger pulls out the rulebook and announces that "he who does not clean
up his section of the park does not get any supper." It was not every bear for
himself because all the bears put their trash in Humphrey's square! Go figure.
The bears get their food after all.
Humphrey struggles with the trash. Strike one comes when his bag gets stuck
on a branch and rips, so he re-cleans after Woodlore gave him another bag. Strike
two was when Humphrey tries to hide the trash under some bushes, and as he was
coming to get his dinner, a rabbit shoves the garbage right on out of there.
At this point, this poor bear does not know what to do, so he tries to hide
the garbage behind some other bushes before lighting a match (prompting the
Smokey The Bear public service announcement). Humphrey quickly takes the garbage
at this point and stuffs all of it in a hole. Finally, he had succeeded in getting
rid of the trash and pompously dances to get his food. Little did anyone know
that this "hole" was a geyser in Old Fateful. Humphrey charges to jump on the
geyser to prevent it from exploding, but the pressure was too much and it rained
an enormous amount of paper and skyrocketed Humphrey into oblivion, eventually
crash-landing in front of Woodlore's feet.
Woodlore apologized to Humphrey for everything that happened, but he also
said, "remember the rules!" This distraught bear goes back to dancing (in dire
frustration) and getting the trash as the cartoon closes.
This clearly was the last of the "classic" Disney short subjects. I could
only wish that they made more cartoons because the stuff that was put together
the previous 28 years has some of the greatest moments of the silver screen.
These "no-name" third-string characters, who previously affiliated with a few
Donald Duck cartoons, put together, in my opinion, one of the most famous Disney
cartoons of all time.
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Submitted by eutychus