The Bear That Wasn't

The Bear That Wasn't

by Frank Tashlin


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First published in 1946, "The Bear that Wasn't", written by the famed American animator, cartoonist, screenwriter, and film director Frank Tashlin, is a clever and entertaining children's tale of a bear and mistaken identity. Tashlin, born Francis Fredrick von Taschlein, in Weehawken, New Jersey in 1913, directed and supervised many Looney Tunes cartoons before he found fame as a motion picture director. "The Bear that Wasn't" was the first of his three children's books and is the humorous tale of a bear who has awakened from hibernating to find that the world around him has utterly transformed into an industrial city of the future. He is mistaken for a lazy worker and ordered to get back to his job in the factory. No matter how often he insists that he is indeed a bear, he is told by one boss after another that is only a "silly man who needs a shave and wears a fur coat". Bear knows who he really is though and, in the end, finds his way back to the life he was meant to live. This children's classic will delight children and parents alike with its satirical depiction of corporate culture and its timeless message of accepting yourself as who you are. This edition is printed on premium acid-free paper.

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ISBN-13: 9781420972092
Publisher: Neeland Media
Publication date: 01/01/2021
Pages: 56
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.12(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Frank Tashlin (1913–1972) was born in New Jersey and raised in Queens, New York. As a teenager he worked as an errand boy, inker, and animator at several pioneering animation studios in New York. By 1933 he had moved to Hollywood, where he wrote and directed cartoon shorts for MGM and Warner Bros., and briefly served as head of production at Screen Gems. Tashlin also worked for a while at Disney Studios, helping to organize its embattled animators’ union. During his early years in California, Tashlin drew a syndicated pantomime-style cartoon strip called Van Boring, and during the Second World War, he worked on the military’s Private Snafu series (created by Frank Capra and Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel). Though he retired from animation in the mid-1940s, Tashlin is recognized as an influential stylist who brought cinematographic techniques and inventive “camera” angles to the medium. Moving from cartoons to live action, Tashlin worked for a time as a comedy writer before fulfilling his ambition to write and direct feature films. He is best known for his collaborations with Jerry Lewis and Bob Hope, and for screwball comedies like The Girl Can’t Help It and Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Tashlin has described The Bear That Wasn’t (1946) as “precious and special to me.” It was followed by two more picture books, The ‘Possum That Didn’t (1950) and The World That Wasn’t (1951).

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