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Animation & Cartoons
by Rankin/Bass Productions

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The Ballad of Smokey the Bear tells the story, or a story of Smokey the Bear. The premise has Smokey’s big brother, voiced by James Cagney, telling the story of how his brother got his name. It’s a long winded and rambling tale that has very little Smokey and a great deal of a cranky Jimmy. The story has the animals trying to find out who set a forest fire and is poisoning the water. Its not giving anything away to say it’s an escaped circus gorilla that smokes cigars.
Topics: Animation, Smokey the Bear, Forest Fires, James Cagney, 1960s, Fire Prevention, Johnny Marks