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The Reluctant Dragon (1941)

Approved | | Animation, Comedy, Family | 20 June 1941 (USA)
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Humorist Robert Benchley learns about the animation process at Walt Disney Studios while trying to find the great man himself to pitch him the idea of making a cartoon about a shy dragon.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Benchley ...
...
Doris (Studio Artist)
Buddy Pepper ...
Humphrey (Studio Guide)
Nana Bryant ...
Mrs. Benchley
Claud Allister ...
Barnett Parker ...
Billy Lee ...
The Boy (segment "The Reluctant Dragon") (voice)
Florence Gill ...
Florence Gill / Clara Cluck
Clarence Nash ...
Clarence Nash / Donald Duck
Norman Ferguson ...
Norm Ferguson (as Norm Ferguson)
Ward Kimball ...
Ward Kimball
Jimmy Luske ...
Jimmy - Baby Weems Model
...
Al - Baby Weems Storyboard Artist
Truman Woodworth ...
Truman Woodworth
Hamilton MacFadden ...
Hamilton MacFadden (as Hamilton Mac Fadden)
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Humorist Robert Benchley attempts to find Walt Disney to ask him to adapt a short story about a gentle dragon who would rather recite poetry than be ferocious. Along the way, he is given a tour of Walt Disney Studios, and learns about the animation process. Written by Anonymous

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The big feature show with a thousand surprises! See more »


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20 June 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Day at Disneys  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Sepiatone)| (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Maquettes in the model department include Jiminy Cricket and the drunk cuckoo clock from Pinocchio (1940), characters from Fantasia (1940) including Chernabog, a black centaurette that Robert Benchley takes with him, and the Knight from The Reluctant Dragon (1941). See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mrs. Benchley: [Reading] "So they set off up the hill, arm in arm, the knight, the dragon, and the boy. The lights in the little village began to go out one by one."
[Is interrupted by a toy rifle going off]
Mrs. Benchley: "But there were stars and a late moon as they climbed the downs together."
[Toy rifle again]
Mrs. Benchley: Robert, please.
[Pan to Robert Benchley lying on a raft in the pool, with the toy rifle]
Robert Benchley: Go on, I can hear in any position.
[Shoots a dart at a duck decoy in the pool]
Mrs. Benchley: [Continues reading] "And as they ...
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the opening credits, a title reads: "This picture is made in answer to the many requests to show the backstage life of animated cartoons --P.S. Any resemblance to a regular motion picture is purely coincidental" See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) See more »

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Casey Jr.
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Music by Frank Churchill
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Enjoyable tour of the Disney studio...
11 January 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Disney film incorporating several animated shorts with live-action tour of Walt Disney's studio in Burbank, California. Robert Benchley gives a colorful "performance" as a guest of Walt's (who makes a cameo), meeting animators and storyboard-editors while pitching the movie idea of a shy dragon. This picture, more a playful stunt than a memorable entry in the Disney canon, features some gorgeous animation and a lovely switch from black-and-white to color early on. It's more likely to appeal to nostalgia-crazy grown-ups however, instead of restless kids. Look for appearances by Goofy, Donald Duck, Bambi, and...Alan Ladd?! **1/2 from ****


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