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The Reluctant Dragon (I) (1941)

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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 ...
Robert Benchley
Frances Gifford ...
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
Clarence Nash ...
Clarence Nash / Donald Duck (voice)
Norman Ferguson ...
Norm Ferguson (as Norm Ferguson)
Ward Kimball ...
Ward Kimball
Jimmy Luske ...
Jimmy, Baby Weems model
...
Al, Baby Weems storyboard artist
Truman Woodworth
Hamilton MacFadden ...
(as Hamilton Mac Fadden)
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Storyline

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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Sequences in MULTIPLANE TECHNICOLOR (original print media ad - many caps) See more »


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Release Date:

20 June 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Day at Disneys  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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(Sepiatone)| (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to supplemental information on the DVD this film was rushed into production to help keep the studio solvent. The start of WW2 closed Europe to American movies and this cut off much needed revenue for Disney. When it was released it did save the studio but it was not well received and was heavily criticized by the public who were expecting a full animated feature. 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

The animation credits include caricatures and signatures of the crew. See more »


Soundtracks

Excerpts from the opera 'Martha, oder Der Markt von Richmond'" (uncredited)
Music by Friedrich von Flotow
Libretto by Friedrich Wilhelm Riese
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An overlooked gem
19 January 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Reluctant Dragon is best viewed in the Disney Treasures Behind the Scenes DVD.this story combined with baby weems and Goofys "how to ride a horse" make this a magical treat for all ages,Timeless Disney classic.The live action scenes of the original voices of Donald Duck and Clara Cluck are a rare joy to see.


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