The Bear (1960)

Genres - Children's/Family, Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Children's Fantasy  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - France, Italy  |  
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Meant primarily for the moppets who naturally love animals, this conventional story by director Edmond Sechan concerns Medard (Renato Raschel), a hard-working zoo keeper, and a talking bear (Gaucha). Medard has his problems because his boss Chappius (Francis Blanche) is a despot whose only pleasure in life is making Medard's life miserable whenever he can. Once Medard discovers that one particular bear can talk, he tries to convince others of his discovery -- to no avail. But the bear opens up to Medard and tells him that he is pining for a lovely polar bear just outside of his reach, thanks to zoo barriers. The compassionate Medard manages to bring the talking bear and the object of his affections together for one brief night, and in return he gets an unexpected reward from an unexpected quarter.

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friendship, rescue, animal, animal-rescue, bear, cage, conversation, France, pets, zoo