Bearly Asleep (1955)

James MacDonald, Clarence Nash,
Bearly Asleep is a short starring James MacDonald and Clarence Nash. Park ranger Donald sends his bears off to hibernate, but Humphrey would rather stay in his hammock, run out for a glass of water, etc., than sleep; when he does...
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10 / 10

Looking For That Long Winter's Sleep

A Walt Disney DONALD DUCK Cartoon.

Humphrey is BEARLY ASLEEP for the Winter when his snoring gets him ostracized from the ursine cave. Will Ranger Duck be persuaded to give him more salubrious hibernation accommodations?

This was one of a short series of cartoons to feature Humphrey. The film is quite routine, but the Duck and the Bear are always humorous to watch. Clarence "Ducky" Nash supplied Donald's unique voice.

Walt Disney (1901-1966) was always intrigued by drawings. As a lad in Marceline, Missouri, he sketched farm animals on scraps of paper; later, as an ambulance driver in France during the First World War, he drew figures on the sides of his vehicle. Back in Kansas City, along with artist Ub Iwerks, Walt developed a primitive animation studio that provided animated commercials and tiny cartoons for the local movie theaters. Always the innovator, his ALICE IN CARTOONLAND series broke ground in placing a live figure in a cartoon universe. Business reversals sent Disney & Iwerks to Hollywood in 1923, where Walt's older brother Roy became his lifelong business manager & counselor. When a mildly successful series with Oswald The Lucky Rabbit was snatched away by the distributor, the character of Mickey Mouse sprung into Walt's imagination, ensuring Disney's immortality. The happy arrival of sound technology made Mickey's screen debut, STEAMBOAT WILLIE (1928), a tremendous audience success with its use of synchronized music. The SILLY SYMPHONIES soon appeared, and Walt's growing crew of marvelously talented animators were quickly conquering new territory with full color, illusions of depth and radical advancements in personality development, an arena in which Walt's genius was unbeatable. Mickey's feisty, naughty behavior had captured millions of fans, but he was soon to be joined by other animated companions: temperamental Donald Duck, intellectually-challenged Goofy and energetic Pluto. All this was in preparation for Walt's grandest dream - feature length animated films. Against a blizzard of doomsayers, Walt persevered and over the next decades delighted children of all ages with the adventures of Snow White, Pinocchio, Dumbo, Bambi & Peter Pan. Walt never forgot that his fortunes were all started by a mouse, or that simplicity of message and lots of hard work always pay off.

8 / 10

Worth watching for Donald and Humphrey

The story is routine, and it is not until about just under half-way through that something funny happens. And when that happens, while more amusing than hilarious(the HUMPHREY PINCHED ME line is an example of the latter though) the gags are still plentiful and imaginative. The animation is colourful and vibrant, even the lagging lip-sync and scratchy picture quality of the Youtube video couldn't hide that, and the music has great energy and beauty. But Bearly Asleep is worth watching for Donald and Humphrey. Donald is wonderfully temperamental, but I found the scene-stealer to be Humphrey. I find him adorable and very lovable, and on several occasions here I felt sorry for him especially when he was out in the cold looking for somewhere to hibernate, and was glad when he got a happy ending.

Overall, not amazing but amusing and worth watching for the two lead characters. 8/10 Bethany Cox

6 / 10

Annoying Humphrey again!

Winter has come at the park that Donald Duck manages, so, he sends his bears to hibernate for the season. But, the always slow and chaotic Humphrey the Bear gets kicked out of his own den by the others because of his constant snoring and talking-in-his-sleep. He then tries to bunk in with Donald, with his frustrating and fiery personality drives Humphrey out.

The cartoon mostly centers on Humphrey being his panicky, frantic and annoying self - not a very funny one, but, with all the running around and slapstick action, it's probably amusing for little kids.

Grade C+

7 / 10

Why don't they just eat the duck?!

I noticed that the new Disney+ channel has a couple Humphrey the Bear cartoon shorts. Unfortunately, it doesn't have all of them....and hopefully that will change in the future.

In an odd move, the story tellers have replaced the usual park ranger in this story (voiced by Bill Thompson) with Donald Duck! Why he's a ranger and why bears listen to him, I have no idea! But Donald's job is to make sure all the bears bed down to hibernate for the winter. However, Humphrey gets kicked out of the cave that the other bears are using....and soon he decides to take up residence in Donald's house!

This is cute but not among the best in the series. Enjoyable, of course, as all the Humphrey shorts are fun....but not as memorable as a few of the others. You do, however, feel quite sorry for Donald is quite a jerk (what else is new?!).