Wednesday, July 15, 2015
"The Bear that Wasn't"
It is a commentary about how people will believe anything as long as they are told it repeatedly, and also about how stupid society can be.
In the story, the bear is a bear. Society is stupid and tries to tell him he is something else. He ends up believing them. A rewrite today would require a story about society telling a man with a delusion about being a bear that he was right in his delusion.
Tashlin lamented the way society made us believe the lies it imposed upon us. Instead of hearing his warning, we seem to have taken things to a new extreme where ontology has lost all meaning and reality has no bearing.
It sometimes makes one want to crawl in a hole and escape the madness.
(The film is easy to find online, but I am not sure about the ownership status. Do a search if you would like to see it, or it is on the Looney Tunes Gold Collection Vol. 3 DVD or the platinum collection vol. 1 Blu-ray.)