A girl’s kite ends up in a bear’s cave. As she sneaks in to retrieve it, the snoozing bear inadvertently rolls over on the kite and breaks it. The girl is furious and shouts “HORRIBLE BEAR!” – and stomps off home in a red mist of rage.
Bear mulls over what has happened and becomes indignant and irritated by the girl’s accusations: how dare she think of HIM as horrible when SHE was the one that barged in and noisily woke HIM up! He decides that it’s time to practise being a ‘Horrible Bear’ and stomps around causing a ruckus and breaking things. Meanwhile, the girl is stuck in a similar ‘horrible’ rut to Bear, which leads her to break her precious toy stuffie. “I didn’t mean to!”, she cries tearfully – and the penny finally drops – Bear didn’t ‘mean to’ either! ‘Horrible Bear’ arrives, cruising for a fight, but when the girl says sorry, ‘all the horrible’ goes out of him. The pair set about fixing all their wrongdoings (exchanging gifts, fixing broken things and being ‘sweet’)…until finally ‘nothing is horrible at all’.