Forgotten Classics of the Silent Era

Today we look at a scene from the Swedish comedy Mormor är en Flugsvamp, in which Sill Hängslen, in his beloved character of “Fleep,” accidentally buys a hat that is many sizes too large for him.


  1. WendyPinNJ says:

    LOVE! First?

  2. WendyPinNJ says:

    “Fleep?” LOL!!!

  3. I has a bucket!

  4. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!! says:

    slight adjustment, from the standard “icanhazcheezburger?” :)

  5. I think someone mentioned it below, it’s the LOLrus :)

  6. Now we know who stole the bukkit…

  7. Nooooo! Fleep stolez mah bukkit!

  8. I like when baby falls over backward with the bucket on head. Mama wonders what on earth has gotten into her baby. Baby sez: no mama I don’t want to play with you, I’ve got a bucket!

  9. I was just thinking, I want to pick him up and squoosh him! when the mama’s beeg snout came into view. Oops! not a good idea! ;)

  10. (The Original) Mel says:

    Fleep is pleyeeng veet hees boocket. Noo yuoo see-a Fleep. Noo yuoo dun’t.

  11. heehee!

  12. ?

  13. 260Oakley says:

    Looks like an early Ingmar Beargman film.

  14. He went on with six films that failed, starring sea lions and walrus. Eventually he had a great success with the seventh seal.

  15. You’ve just earned my undying respect.

    Well, “undying” depending on how that chess game goes. ;)

  16. Ark ark ark!

  17. Oh migaw….

    Somewhere a guy with scythe is groaning.

  18. blëën

  19. [sigh]

  20. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!!! says:

    @ G (9:59):
    ooooooooooooooooooh…. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

    @ blair, mit umlauten: WOW !!! NICE!!!

  21. Badda BING!

  22. MamaLana says:

    roflmao, Oakley!

  23. bookmonstercats says:

    Goodness me! What a chain of wit and erudition.

  24. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!!! says:

    “erudition”: Cool vocab word du Jour!

  25. I love 1:47 where he starts holding on to his own little toes!! And the last 20 seconds where he leaps off the bucket onto Mom’s head :-)

  26. Cuuuuute! Denmark though, so it’d be more like “Mormor er en fluesvamp” starring…someone without an “ä” in their name.

  27. YES thank you, I’m from Denmark myself and I don’t like when people think that Sweden, Denmark and Norway are all the same.. Do your research please…

  28. “Grandma Is a Mushroom”?

  29. The_Swede says:


    Flugsvamp = death cap

    “Champinjon” or perhaps a general “Svamp” = mushroom

    But the bear was still cute :)

  30. (The Original) Mel says:

    Tudey, I veell shoo yuoo hoo tu meke-a Grundme’s mooshruum suoop.

  31. Yeah Swedish Chef!!!!

  32. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!! says:

    Ditto from moi.

    Flugen varven.

  33. Bork bork bork!

  34. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    Step 1: Type random phrases into Google Translate
    Step 2: ???
    Step 3: Profit!

  35. 4leafclover says:

    Hey–you got those steps from the underpants gnomes!

  36. Wokka wokka!

  37. what none of you know is that there is a secret compartment of fishes.
    He’s smarter than you think!

  38. “What do you mean, ‘a false bottom’?”

  39. He’s all like, “Mom, this will make the best Halloween costume, if only…..ehnnnn!”

  40. He needs to cut out holes inside the bucket for his eyes.

  41. Martha in Washington says:

    This made my day! I want Fleep to live in my backyard! I would give him a new bucket every week! Mama could come visit whenever she wanted.

  42. Fleep is so roly-poly and squirmy! Cute cute cute.

  43. Desdemona says:

    I wish I could be so easily entertained. Oh, wait . . . I just watched this twice . . .

  44. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!! says:

    *delighted giggle*

  45. Someday were gonna be kept in zoo’s by monkeys and they’re gonna entertain us by showing us polar bear videos all day long :P

  46. What we have here is a failure to learn from experience. Complicated by very poor short-term memory. Not that it isn’t cute.

    “Look, a bucket! I think I’ll stick my head in there. GAH! GET IT OFF, GET IT OFF, GET IT OFF!!! Look, a bucket! I think I’ll stick my head in there. GAH! GET IT OFF, GET IT OFF, GET IT OFF!!! Look, a bucket! I think I’ll stick my head in there. GAH! GET IT OFF, GET IT OFF, GET IT OFF!!! Look, a bucket! I think I’ll stick my head in there. GAH! GET IT OFF, GET IT OFF, GET IT OFF!!! Look, a bucket! I think I’ll stick my head in there. GAH! GET IT OFF, GET IT OFF, GET IT OFF!!! . . . . “

  47. Or just maybe we have a kid playing with an improvised toy.

  48. At least it provides good protection when he falls backwards and would otherwise bang his head on the rock.

    When Mom’s head came into view, I imagined she was thinking, “well this might not be my most brilliant cub ever….”

  49. LOL more like well that will keep him occupied for a bit… momma sighs as she trys to get a momments piece…(yes I had two kids)

  50. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!! says:

    Me Likey Thees.

  51. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!! says:

    wow that di-unt land where I wanted it to. Up to Juno’s.

  52. epicflail says:

    Doesn’t that bucket belong to Lolrus?

  53. oh Fleep, du er så fjollet.
    *cue awwwww-transition into applause*

  54. and Herring Braces?? LOL

  55. I’ve loved this little guy ever since he first showed up on Zooborns. And y’all are on fire today–this the best comments thread since the fireman and the kitten!

  56. This is a pre-quel to The Twelve Chairs….

  57. Kallisto73 says:

    Okay, Nomtom, another classic! Thanks, that made my day.

  58. ThirdShift says:

    Bucket-hab! I called it.

  59. (The Original) Mel says:

    Und fur desert ve-a shell prepere-a a teeny, teeny teeeliu! Bork! Bork! Bork!

  60. Mama says, “You take after your father’s side.”

  61. The soundtrack was perfect! I loffed watching teh babeh bear and listening to that wonderful piano.

  62. Typical goofy kid. Is there peanut butter or something at the bottom of the bucket or something?

  63. Fleep says: Bucket style, I haz it !

  64. Somewhere off-camera, there is a distraught walrus.

  65. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!! says:

    “koo-koo ka choo!!”

  66. I gotta join in…

    Methinks there’a a walrus out thar who wants his bukkit back.

  67. afSnirkelsnorkel says:

    Hahaha, Sill Hängslen! That is an awesome name for a polarbear but a more apropriate name in swedish might be Hink Uppochner but what do I know… (but swedish ;))

  68. This pretty much illustrates why polar bears, as a species, are in trouble. It’s not global warming. It’s this sort of behavior.

  69. I think Maru is waaaay more graceful when he sticks his head in things. But then again, cats are the supreme beings.

  70. His films with Pola-r Negri were my favorites!
    And seriously between the vid and the comments we have the makings of a CO classic!

  71. I’m in a mod lounge! Vat the hay!

    Where’s that martooni shaker?

  72. thanks for visiting!

  73. Aw, wook! Da widdle Shawpy-wawpy!

  74. okay you nogoodnik, offa my lawn!

  75. He is like the Maru of buckets.

  76. Years later:
    “I’m still big. It’s the buckets that got small.”

  77. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!!! says:


  78. A++++, indeed!

  79. *painful image of zookeepers trying to pull bucket off fully grown polar bear*

  80. susan_rn92 says:

    Definately Buckethead!

  81. Someone with a big head says:

    Yes! That’s what I was thinking.. “My friends call ME buckethead??” HAW

  82. Fleep: “…ehn, I’ll get to the bottom of this! Ehn, ehn, ehn, it won’t stand still! How can I get to the bottom of this if it won’t stand still! …ehn, ehn….”

  83. He’s filthy!

  84. Zooborns ran Aalborg’s photo series of his first vet checkup. It’s called “Filthy Baby Bear Goes to the Vet,” and it still makes me laugh out loud.

  85. ashagato says:

    thanks debg, this is awesome, esp the video at the end!

    the use of he word “filthy” cracks me up, too. when one of our cats suddenly interrrupts what they’re doing to groom themselves, like it’s absolutely urgent, my husband and i always joke, “can’t you see her tail (or whatever) is FILTHY!” because of course there’s never a speck of dirt anywhere (unlike the sweet bear ;))

  86. Love this! Mom’s all “I’d be happy to help you if I had one clue what you were trying to DO with the bukkit…” Kids of all species are just weird little critters.

  87. Therewas a young bear from nantucket
    Who stuck his head in a bucket….

  88. and when he got there
    and found he’s a bear
    he said to hisself “O f*#! it “

  89. Ha!

  90. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!!! says:


  91. One cannot simply Fleep into Mormor

  92. You’ve just won the Internets.

  93. I have no idea what you said but love to see another me out there (-:

  94. Oh my goodness, go back to around 1:50. When he’s laying on his back, he grabs his back paw with his front like a human baby would. Oh, dear. I want a polar bear now.

  95. Maddogtime says:

    Klippet er som at se AAB spille fodbold lige for tiden…
    Aalborg (my hometown) Zoo in Denmark has had a livecam running in the den ever since this cutiepie was born – adowahbuls! :D
    Nice to see something from home and what a sweet clip it is too. /fawn

  96. Swedish? Erm. Aalborg Zoo is in Denmark :P

    Cute all the same, though! <3

  97. Typical kid… doesn’t care about the gift of fish, just wants to play with the container it came in.

  98. :-D

  99. Sill Hängslen = Herring Suspenders
    Mormor är en flugsvamp = Grandmother is a Fly Agaric (red, poisonous mushroom)
    Aalborg is in our neighbour country but the bear is still cute.

  100. o no he/ she/ it DI-unt!!! says:


  101. Would that be suspenders that fit herring, or suspenders made of herring? Speak up, my herring’s not so good!

  102. will someone please tell him that bucket is NOT A FEZ ?

    please, don’t make me do it – i don’t want to be the bad guy

  103. starling says:

    Fezzes are cool.

  104. Yes, and so are bow-ties.

  105. Dr. Who geeks unite!!

  106. Somewhere, a walrus is crying out for his bucket.

  107. LOL

  108. cubbybutt says:

    mr. baby polar bear needs a bath.

  109. I love the comments as much as the video :~)

    This is an excellent example of why is is unnecessary to buy children expensive toys :~)

  110. Please! We DON’T have Polarbears in Sweden. Believe me, i lived here all my life. But I love your sense of humor and creativity. Great swedish names, haha! Such a cute video too! <3

  111. I was waiting for the video to be interrupted by an IKEA ad!

  112. The polar bear from Aalborg Zoo in Denmark has a name from Greenland: Augo. It’s not called Sill or Fleep….. Although many silly names came up, when they asked the danes for their opinion about the new bears’ name..

  113. The Little Myrmidon says:

    Ahhh, that crazy, lovable Fleep. Once again entertaining audiences in that merry fashion that has won him the hearts of millions of fans.

  114. go to 1:46! he grabs all of his toes! its toooooooooooooo cute!

  115. I wish I had a bukkit… I also kinda wish I were named “Fleep.” Maybe I’m just having a bad day…

  116. hex haight says:


  117. Please ask your doctor before using/becoming a bucket, as it may pose health risks. As a COO intern, I thank you for listening to this health warning


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