Mickey, Donald, and Goofy live in a land where everything is dried up and dead. The only food they have is one loaf of bread, even Donald's plans of killing their cow fail. So Mickey ... See full summary »
Disney version of fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk", featuring Mickey, Donald, and Goofy in the main roles. Also contains another short film, re-released as "Bongo". Written by
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A singing cricket, a Bongo bear, a Mickey with magic beans and a creepy ventriloquist.
Well, this is yet another in the line-up of Disney movies during this period made up of a few separate shorts surrounded by framing material. We have a musical number from Jiminy Cricket that was intended to be used in Pinocchio but was ultimately dropped. Then there's "Bongo", a musical tale all about a circus bear who finds himself falling in love with a wild bear he meets in a forest. But he doesn't understand the meaning of her actions when she slaps him. And last, but by no means least, we have the superb "Mickey And The Beanstalk" - a Disney take on the classic tale that I have seen before, as a standalone cartoon (a much preferred way to view the thing, in my opinion).
While most of the material here is enjoyable enough, it's not really the classic stuff that most fans feel everyone must see. The opening musical number by Jiminy Cricket is cute and enjoyable but it really just serves to link in to the story of "Bongo", which is really a bit of a damp squib. The characters aren't endearing enough and the style veers between the good, the bad and the ugly (and, of course, the recycled).
The second half is where everything picks up but even this is not without negatives, mainly the live-action framing device for the tale - a creepy bit of interaction between Edgar Bergen, two of his dummies and a young girl. It's unfunny, unnerving and ends up contributing to a narration to the animated fairytale adaptation that proves quite irritating.
There were four directors on this one, and numerous writers, so it is yet another animated movie best left to be discussed based on what's on the screen. In that regard, this isn't a bad time-filler at all. It has a number of things dragging it down but still manages to pull itself to a position of just above average.
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