The Three Bears flee from their house in fear of Goldilocks who was found sleeping in baby bear’s bed. They find the nearest phone box, pile in and make an emergency call for help.

This is not how I recall the story ending, but it makes for an unexpected change.

I’ve tried to make The Three Bears look a little freaked out. They’re squashed up in the confined phone booth and father bear isn’t really taking control of the situation with baby bear having to make the call.

Goldilocks remains hidden within the house, but I can’t help but wonder what is so scary or sinister about her that has made the bears react in this way. Maybe she has a concealed weapon (a bit like Roald Dahl’s ‘Little Red Riding Hood & the Wolf‘) or perhaps she has installed bear traps around the house. Whatever the case, the bears are definitely in panic mode.

A friend suggested that I draw a Goldilocks-shaped silhouette in one of the windows. I liked the idea, but the house is in the distance and the shadow might be too small to be recognisable as a person. I also didn’t want to have their house mistaken for Bates Motel.

The Warner Brothers’ version of The Three Bears would have to be my favourite, with their size reversals and unique personalities and voices. Papa bear (Henry) is the smallest of the three, while baby bear (Junior or Junyer) is the largest. The latter is not terribly bright, though he always has the best of intentions. Sadly it’s those intentions that usually inadvertently result with Henry bear being injured.


Most bears live in caves, but the ones pictured here have upgraded to a nice little Tudor cottage in the woods with two bedrooms, one bathroom, three chairs (one broken), three beds and some porridge.

A Spot the Difference game featuring this drawing can be found here: Three Bears Difference Spot