Fun and Fancy Free

Fun and Fancy Free

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Director: Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, William Morgan, Bill Roberts

Cast: Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, William Morgan, Bill Roberts

     
 

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A blend of live-action and animation, Fun and Fancy Free is comprised of two distinct tales linked by additional footage featuring Jiminy Cricket. Disney had been planning to use each story for separate feature films but the involvement of the United States in WWII disrupted his plans and the stories were shelved until after the war. The first is a musical…  See more details below

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A blend of live-action and animation, Fun and Fancy Free is comprised of two distinct tales linked by additional footage featuring Jiminy Cricket. Disney had been planning to use each story for separate feature films but the involvement of the United States in WWII disrupted his plans and the stories were shelved until after the war. The first is a musical story based on a children's story by Sinclair Lewis and is narrated by Dinah Shore, who also sings. It is the tale of a sad little circus bear named Bongo who is adored when performing but ignored after the show. Tired of travelling and being mistreated, he escapes into the forest where he discovers that life in the wilderness is not as free and easy as he thought. Despite the obstacles awaiting him, Bongo manages to find the thing he most longed for -- true love. By contemporary standards, the story is almost 'unbearably' sweet, but it should be remembered that such candy-coated fluff as "Bongo" was the remedy war-weary audiences needed to lift their spirits. The second tale is more zesty thanks to the peppery repartee between ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his two dummies Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. Together the three tell would-be Disney child star Luana Patton, a story based on "Jack and the Beanstalk" featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, who climb a magic beanstalk and try to retrieve a stolen singing harp to restore wealth to their impoverished kingdom. In 1997, to commemorate the film's 50th anniversary, it was released on video tape in a restored version (the executive producers in charge of restoration were Phil Savenkic and Harry Arends) that has brought the colorful animated sequences back to their original depth and vibrance. This video version also contains a brief but informative documentary hosted by noted film historian Leonard Maltin and narrated by Corey Burton at the end that gives the fascinating history of the films. It also contains rare footage of the making of the films and a priceless segment in which Walt Disney performs as Mickey Mouse. "Mickey and the Beanstalk" was the last time Disney provided his voice.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Fun and Fancy Free is one of several "package" animated films produced by the Disney studio in the 1940s. Like the other packages, Fun features cartoons that are longer than the "curtain raiser" kind but too short for feature length. It's a good way to tell tales without worrying about stretching them out to cover a feature - although, truth to tell, even in their present form, both of the cartoons in Fun feature a bit of padding. Bongo, the first of the pieces, is an entertaining tale with a gentle moral that is probably not as well known to modern audiences as it was to those of the 1940s. It's sweetly told (in narration and song by Dinah Shore, sounding quite nice) and beguilingly animated, and will be especially appreciated by younger viewers. Mickey and the Beanstalk reworks the familiar fairy tale to accommodate the studio's "big guns" - Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. The characters behave true to form in the familiar setting, and the film features a number of setpiece gags that are lively and provide a twinkle. The animation is also quite good, most noticeably in the growth of the beanstalk, which is a highlight. Framing sequences featuring Edgar Bergen and Jiminy Cricket add to the charm. All in all, Fun is minor Disney, but quite enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/20/2000
UPC:
0786936126693
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
G
Source:
Walt Disney Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edgar Bergen Himself/Mortimer Snerd & Charlie McCarthy
Dinah Shore Narrator
Luana Patten Child
Starlighters Themselves
Billy Gilbert The Giant
Anita Gordon The Singing Harp
Kingsmen Themselves
Walt Disney Mickey Mouse
Clarence Nash Donald Duck
Dinning Sisters Themselves
Cliff "Ukelele Ike" Edwards Jiminy Cricket

Technical Credits
Jack Kinney Director
Hamilton Luske Director
William Morgan Director
Bill Roberts Director
Arthur Babbitt Animator
Jack Bachom Editor
Charles P. Boyle Cinematographer
Homer Brightman Screenwriter
Clark Animator
Claude Coats Animator
Don DaGradi Animator
Eliot Daniel Score Composer
Marc Davis Animator
Eldon Dedini Screenwriter
Walt Disney Producer
Philip Duncan Animator
Hugh Fraser Animator
John Hench Animator
Hugh Hennesy Animator
Ray Huffine Animator
Ralph Hulett Animator
Ub Iwerks Special Effects
Jack Campbell Animator
Ward Kimball Animator
Hal King Animator
John Lounsbery Animator
Brice Mack Animator
Fred Moore Animator
Lance Nolley Screenwriter
Ken O'Brien Animator
Tom Oreb Screenwriter
Harry Reeves Screenwriter
Wolfgang Reitherman Animator
Art Riley Animator
George Rowley Animator
Ted Sears Screenwriter
John Sibley Animator
Paul J. Smith Score Composer
Harvey Toombs Animator
Oliver Wallace Score Composer
Judge Whitaker Animator
Charles Wolcott Musical Direction/Supervision
Al Zinnen Animator

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