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Fun & Fancy Free (1947)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Family, Music  |  27 September 1947 (USA)
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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 ...
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Herself - Narrator (voice)
Charlie McCarthy ...
Mortimer Snerd ...
Luana Patten ...
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Mickey Mouse (voice)
Anita Gordon ...
Singing Harp (voice)
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Jiminy Cricket (voice)
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Clarence Nash ...
Donald Duck / Cat (voice)
The King's Men ...
Singers (as The Kings Men)
The Dinning Sisters ...
The Starlighters ...
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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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27 September 1947 (USA)  »

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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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This is the fifth of seven "package films" released by Walt Disney's company in the 1940s due to wartime budgetary constraints. They were called "package films" because they were feature-length films containing two or more short films tied together by surrounding material. In this canon, Fun & Fancy Free (1947) was preceded by The Reluctant Dragon (1941), Saludos Amigos (1942), The Three Caballeros (1944), and Make Mine Music (1946) and followed by Melody Time (1948) and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949). See more »

Quotes

Luana Patten: What did the giant look like?
Edgar Bergen: Well, he was, oh... I'll try and show you.
[He turns on a lamp and aims it at the wall]
Edgar Bergen: He looked something like this.
[Makes a shadow puppet of a pig]
Mortimer Snerd: Looks like my pig, Snedly.
Charlie McCarthy: Never mind the self-portraits.
Edgar Bergen: Well, no, that isn't right. He looked more like... More like this.
[Makes shadow puppet of Willie the Giant]
Edgar Bergen: There he is now. And the giant came home for dinner, roaring...
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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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Lazy Countryside
(1947) (uncredited)
Written by Bobby Worth
Performed by Dinah Shore
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A singing cricket, a Bongo bear, a Mickey with magic beans and a creepy ventriloquist.
26 February 2012 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

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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