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Fun & Fancy Free (1947)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Music | 27 September 1947 (USA)
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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Mickey Mouse (voice)
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Donald Duck / Cat (voice)
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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 <quetzal@yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au>

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


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Fun and Fancy Free, Featuring Mickey and the Beanstalk  »

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While the film employs the talents of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his dummies, it was a somewhat atypical performance for him. One reason for Bergen's success as a performer was that he incorporated double entendres and risky humor in his dialogue, elements that were considered daring and innovative for his time. This material could not be used in a Disney film. See more »

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Jiminy Cricket: Never saw such a dismal pair. A deadpan doll and a droopy bear.
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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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Featured in DTV: Pop & Rock (1984) See more »

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Eat Until I Die
Performed by Pinto Colvig and Clarence Nash
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A lovely and adorable film
5 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This package film from the Disney studio is simple but just irresistible as it features two colorful and cute cartoons interwoven with Edger Bergen and his famous dummies Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd.

The first segment is "Bongo" based on a short story by Sinclair Lewis. With the exception of narrator Dinah Shore, the whole thing is dialog free and although it moves along at a leisurely pace, it is good enough for the kids but adults will most certainly squirm.

The next segment is "Mickey and the Beanstalk" which has Bergan doing the narration of the classic fairy tale starring Mickey, Donald and Goofy as they face Willie the Giant (voiced amusingly by Billy Gilbert). Although the cartoon is cute and amusing, Bergen and his dummies along with the adorable Luana Patten provide the bulk of the laughs. I can't help but compare the approach in this segment to "Mystery Science Theater 3000" because of the good-natured riffing done by Charlie and Mortimer. It makes you wish that Walt Disney had used this formula for other films like "Alice in Wonderland" or "Cinderella." It goes without saying that Charlie's riffing on Bergen's storytelling is a particular highlight.

I say see this film. It'll warm your heart and keep you amused. Plus, it doesn't have the blatant pop culture jokes you get in contemporary animated films.


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