Fun & Fancy Free (1947)

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Jiminy Cricket hosts two Disney animated shorts: "Bongo," about a circus bear escaping to the wild, and "Mickey and the Beanstalk," a take on the famous fairy tale.


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Complete credited cast:
Edgar Bergen ...
Herself - Narrator (voice)
Charlie McCarthy ...
Mortimer Snerd ...
Luana Patten ...
Mickey Mouse (voice)
Anita Gordon ...
Singing Harp (voice)
Jiminy Cricket (voice)
Clarence Nash ...
Donald Duck / Cat (voice)
The King's Men ...
Singers (as The Kings Men)
The Dinning Sisters ...
The Starlighters ...


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 Tim Pickett <>

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It's Got That DISNEY MAGIC! (original print media ad - many caps)


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Release Date:

27 September 1947 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fun and Fancy Free, Featuring Mickey and the Beanstalk  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Since Bongo is a circus character, initial drafts for his segment of the film included a minor crossover with fellow circus character Dumbo and his supporting cast. The idea was scrapped when it was decided to shorten the duration of the film and minimize the size of its cast. See more »


[Mickey has retrieved the key to the jewel box from Willie's pocket and has climbed back up to the box]
Donald Duck: He made it!
Goofy: He did?
[looks through keyhole]
Goofy: Here he comes with the key!
Donald Duck: [looking through keyhole] Let me have it, Mickey!
[the key goes through the keyhole and hits Donald, knocking him over]
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Crazy Credits

Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd, Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket, and Donald Duck are billed as if they were actors, when they are fictional characters. See more »


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I'm A Happy-Go-Lucky Fellow
(1947) (uncredited)
Written by Ned Washington and Eliot Daniel
Sung by Cliff Edwards
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Fun and Fancy Boredom, Hilarity and Creepiness
24 June 2015 | by (Helsinki) – See all my reviews

Yet another Disney film that tried to hold them aloft after the war years. A short film collection, like all the rest, though this time we only get a two segments and a framing story featuring Jiminy Cricket.

Of these two segment, Bongo, the first one, is pure boredom. It's nothing but this circus bear escaping his confinement and gallivanting around in the forest. And you already know how it goes. At first he's thrilled, then the actual, you know, nature rears its ugly head, he meets other animals, gets into trouble, rinse and repeat ad nauseam. Granted, the animation is pretty good, some of physical stunts are pretty humorous and the music could be worse, but it's simply so uninteresting. Nothing of value happens, the main character barely has a personality and... boring!

Mickey and the Beanstalk, on the other hand, is a born classic. This is an incredible segment, featuring Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Donald Duck as medieval farmers living in an enchanted valley, ruled by a magic harp (it's not as weird as you think), who unfortunately has now gone missing and thus everyone hungers. And you know the story. Mickey goes to sell their cow, buys some "magic" beans, and the rest is story telling history. It's action-packed, the three make for a hilarious comedic trio, the animation is impressive, the story thrilling and it's just a great deal of fun.

I also have to mention that the framing story is beyond creepy, especially the ending. Jiminy Cricket is fine, he's one of Disney's finest as always, but they decided to hire a famous ventriloquist Edgar Bergen to play himself in the framing story, and his puppets are simply put pure horror. Who decided this was appropriate for little kids?

So yeah, Mickey and the Beanstalk is a really good segment, but it has since been re-released on its own so many times that there's really no reason to see its actual origins film. Watch this if you want to say you've seen them all.

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