Once, Morris the Moose was just-plain-dumb, his friend Boris the Bear was his wisedup opposite, and their contretemps were all in good fun. Now, Morris is more the oaf than the clown; Boris is a roaring bully; and their exchanges (pictorially and verbally) are hostile, nasty face-clowns. Also, as has happened before of late, Morris is so meaninglessly dumb--and the plot is so rickety--that the proceedings aren't very funny. First, Morris replies to Boris' ""I saw a BIG birthday cake,"" by asking ""Did it SCARE you?"" (Then he'll say, for no more evident reason, ""Don't they bite?"") Subsequently, a passing boy and girl hear Morris--seeing the real thing--say ""I WANT A BIRTHDAY CAKE,"" and proceed to organize a party. . . at which Morris gets off some of his standard laugh-lines (""A girl named Sally said, 'Here is a Hula-Hoop. Happy birthday!' Morris says, 'You mean HOOPY birthday'"") and Morris and Boris square off some more. Whatever point there once was to this burlesque has long since faded away.