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Fun & Fancy Free (1947)

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)
Anita Gordon ...
Singing Harp (voice)
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Jiminy Cricket (voice)
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Donald Duck / Cat (voice)
The King's Men ...
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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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Trivia

The giant of the film does not die. In the finale of the film, Willie the Giant stomps through a modern city looking for Mickey Mouse. See more »

Goofs

During the bear chorus line with bears arm in arm (31 minutes into the feature), which arm is in front changes a few times. See more »

Quotes

Willie the Giant: [lifts the roof off of Edgar Bergen's house] Hey, has anybody seen anything of a teensy-weensy, little mouse?
Edgar Bergen: No, I-I-I...
[faints]
Luana Patten: Oh, Mr. Bergen!
Charlie McCarthy: Bergen, speak to me! Speak to me!
Willie the Giant: What's the matter with him? Something he ate?
Mortimer Snerd: No, it's uh, it's a fig... fig... figmentation of his imagination.
Willie the Giant: No!
Mortimer Snerd: Yeah. Well, good night, Willie. Don't slam the roof. You might wake Mr. Bergen.
[laughs]
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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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Say It With a Slap
(1947) (uncredited)
Written by Buddy Kaye and Eliot Daniel
Performed by Dinah Shore and Chorus
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"Well she used to be a good milker, but now.. she's an udder failure"
1 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Fun and Fancy Free is for me one of Disney's lesser efforts, but is still very charming, simple and enjoyable. I did think the live action sequences were dated though, and the film is quite short. Out of all the characters, the only character I didn't care for that much was the puppet. Apart from the hilarious "well she used to be a good milker, but now... she is an udder failure" he didn't really make an impact on me. Maybe it was because the ventriloquism was rather substandard.

However, I really enjoyed this on the whole. The introduction with Jiminy Cricket- voiced by the one and only Cliff Edwards- in the library was very effective, as was a vast majority of the script. The animation is stunning, and by far the best aspect of the movie, and I hope I am not the only person who found the songs beautiful and memorable, my favourite being "My what a happy day".

There are two mini-classics here, Bongo and Mickey and the Beanstalk. Both are wonderful gems, but I will admit I do prefer the latter. Bongo tells the rather simple story of the adorable Bongo and his endeavour into a world he has never known before, after being the star attraction of a circus. It is very sweet and well meaning, and the narration isn't so bad either. Mickey and the Beanstalk is a favourite of mine. Wonderful voice acting, terrific animation especially for the beanstalk and nice music made this memorable for me.

Other things that impressed were one Jiminy Cricket of course, well how can he not impress, he is a classic character in the history of animation? Two, I thought Edgar Bergen was very entertaining in this film asides from the ventriloquism, and also child actress Luana Patten was impressive.

All in all, one of Disney's lesser efforts, but has undeniable charm due to the animated segments and Cricket himself. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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