Hooked Bear
Studio: Disney Release Date : April 27, 1956 Series: Humphrey the Bear

Cumulative rating: No Ratings Posted


It's fishing season! Ranger Woodlore is stocking the lake, much to Humphrey's delight as he tries to intercept a meal intended for the anglers.


Ranger J. Audubon Woodloore
(Voice: Bill Thompson)
Humphrey the Bear



Jack Hannah


William "Bill" Justice
Al Coe
Robert W. "Bob" Carlson Jr.
John Sibley


Al Bertino
David "Dave" Detiege


Oliver Wallace


Claude Coats


Yale Gracey

Effects Animation

Dan MacManus

Contains Reused Animation from:

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

Included in:

The Ranger of Brownstone


Mickey Mouse Tracks (Season 1, Episode 19)
Donald's Quack Attack (Season 1, Episode 32)


United States

Winnie the Pooh and Friends
Donald Duck


Donald Total Verliebt
Donald Präsentiert


Disney Festival


Paperino Superstar
Paperino Pippo Pluto e …
Le Avventure di Caccia del Prof. de Paperis

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck Cartoon Collections Volume 3
Winnie the Pooh and Friends


Disney Cartoon Festival 1
Disney Cartoon Festival 7
Starring Donald


United States

Disney Rarities

Technical Specifications

Running Time: 5:55
MPAA No.: 17473
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 2.55 : 1
Cinematographic Format: CinemaScope
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 Joseph Powell :

I just took a vacation on the Disney Cruise Line. In the terminal before waiting time, they had several TVs all playing the same thing for multiple people. Among the many shorts, people seemed to get one of their biggest laughs from this one. I love Humphrey's stupidity, everytime Ranger Woodlore throws a fish in, he throws the armful of huge fish he had into the water to search for the other one, only to realize his mistake right after doing so.

From Lee Suggs :

Humphrey is excited because Ranger Woodlore is stocking the lake with fish. Despite being warned to "fish like a bear" Humphrey keeps grabbing the fish as the Ranger dumps them into the lake. Of course, he drops all the fish he has, just to get one more. Humphrey spends so much time trying to get fish the "easy" way that time runs out on him, and he ends up being hunted. (It's now bear season.) Whoever animated the Humphrey character did a good job making him dumb, but lovable. I particularly like the wildly exaggerated expressions and movements that the animator gave Humphrey. He is a highly successful silent character. Sometimes I think that this type of character is Disney's greatest contribution to animated cartoons. (think Pluto) They are generally much funnier than the speaking characters. Maybe Humphrey could be the mascot for Disney's California Adventure.

From Ryan :

I enjoy this Humphrey cartoon quite a bit. Humphrey is out fishing in the lake with his bare hands, but does not have any luck catching any fish. He decides he needs to use fishing poles just like the other fishermen, but Ranger Woodlore demands he fish like a bear. The animation of this short is rather limited, but that is understandable as this cartoon was made in the late 50's when budgets in animation were beginning to shrink. Nonetheless, it is still a very funny short. I really enjoy the gag where the ranger is planting fish eggs in the hatchery and after watering them, they sprout like plants. Another gag I like is when the ranger throws the rainbow trout into the lake and a rainbow is produced while they are being thrown. I feel this is a great cartoon.

From Baruch Weiss :

This short is okay but the two parts with Humphrey throwing all the fish back in the lake gets boring after awhile. Also the theme opening to this short should ring a bell to the ear's of Disney video collector's (like me) as this theme would later be used as the opening to the Walt Disney cartoon classics released in the early 1980's.

From April Figueroa :

I love this cartoon and wish Disney would release it on DVD.

From Missy173 :

I love Humphrey and remember him and the Ranger fondly from my childhood. Although I have to say that as much as I love Humphrey, I always preferred the Ranger. I loved his soft voice, and his the way he treated Humphrey. I wish they would make more Humphrey the Bear and Ranger cartoons.

From Grace :

A hilarious short! I just love Humphrey's and Ranger Wooldore"s great sense of humor and it really made me laugh a lot. When I was around 10 or 11 in Hawaii, I still think about the short and mostly act it out all by myself. I give this short a 10 and it's highly recommended!

From Jonathan Beshansky :

This is one of my favorite Humphrey shorts; besides In The Bag. It has imaginable slapstick humor; a fish smacking Humphrey in the face with its tail while hilarious sound effects were added to provide comic relief, and Humphrey trying to catch as many fish as he can but keeps dropping the huge amount wrapped around his arms whenever noticing more. May I warn to all that own the Kids Klassics public domain tapes that have Hooked Bear on it contains a junky sound track, improper syncronation for fullscreen, and bad image quality, but you should expect that from a cheaply made video tape. Good job on the creation of this site, keep up the good work.

From Billy Joe :

This is the first cartoon in Disney's series of "Humphrey the Bear" shorts. For those who are unfamilar with Humphrey the Bear, he was an antagonist of Donald Duck in the early 1950s. Humphrey spun off into his own series of shorts. The series was about the bear versus the park ranger, Ranger Woodlore. (The premeises are sort of similar to the Yogi Bear cartoons.) Hooked Bear and In the Bag are the only two cartoons in the Humphrey the Bear series. He wasn't animated since until his debut in Mickey Mouse Works.

Hooked Bear is a lot of laughs. I especially like the "rainbow" trout gag and the punchline about fishing season turning into hunting season. This short is rare, but I recommend it.