I Wanna Play House
IMG 2300
Directed By: I. Freleng
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: January 11, 1936
Series: Merrie Melodies
Animation: Cal Dalton
Sandy Walker
Rod Scribner (uncredited)
Film Editor: Bernard B. Brown (uncredited)
Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Berneice Hansell
Music: Bernard Brown
Norman Spencer (uncredited)
Starring: Brown Bear Cub
Black Bear Cub
Papa Bear
Preceded By: Flowers for Madame
Succeeded By: The Phantom Ship
I Wanna Play House EU dubbed version by bodek610

I Wanna Play House EU dubbed version by bodek610

I Wanna Play House (1936)

I Wanna Play House (1936)

American Turner print

I Wanna Play House is a 1936 Merrie Melodies short directed by I. Freleng.


Two bear cubs, one brown and one black, sneak away from Papa Bear to enjoy a game of hide-and-seek. The black cub goes into a Gypsy trailer and gets drunk on cider. The little bears' harmless hijinks soon turn into danger on the runaway wagon. In the end, the brown bear and black bear land next to the father. The Papa Bear spanks the brown bear again, but then he throws a rock at the black bear.



  • This short is notable as the first with bullseye titles which would mainly be used in the Merrie Melodies cartoons until 1964. This cartoon is also notable for being the very first appearance of the Color Rings opening that was soon afterward forever associated with Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies.
  • This is the first Warner Bros. cartoon to be filmed in the 3-hue Technicolor process.
  • This is the final Merrie Melodies short to feature the words "WARNER BROS. PRODUCTIONS CORPORATION" and "Present" with a small WB shield and "VITAPHONE" under "WARNER BROS." Cartoons released shortly after this would have the zooming shield with the words "VITAPHONE" and "Presents" appearing after the WB shield, which has gotten larger when featured between 1936-45 on Merrie Melodies shorts, zooms in.
  • The European Turner print has blue borders around the opening titles, while the American Turner print has no borders. The 1995 Turner dubbed ending card is also sped up to keep with music for the USA dubbed version.
  • No print with the original ending card has been released on home video. However, the original ending card is known to exist. In February 2018, an extremely faded old copy was found and kept the original ending. The original ending titles look just like the ones from "I Love to Singa" and "Sunday Go to Meetin' Time". 


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