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Fun & Fancy Free (1947) Poster

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This was the last time that Walt Disney did the voice of Mickey Mouse. Much of it was recorded in the spring and summer of 1941.
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Both segments were being produced independently as full length features, but when wartime shortages lost the studio resources, time and animators (who were drafted), Walt Disney made the decision to combine the two.
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Edgar Bergen was one of the most popular ventriloquists of the 1940s even having his own radio show featuring Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. After seeing this film he said he was dismayed to see how much he moved his lips, blaming it on the fact that on radio he did not have to not move his lips and had become spoiled.
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Billy Gilbert voiced Willie the Giant. He was a well known radio comic whose best-known gag was a comic sneeze. He also voiced Sneezy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
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The Bongo (1947) story was inspired by a story written by Sinclair Lewis, which appeared in a 1930 issue of Cosmopolitan.
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A scene with Mickey selling the cow to the queen of Happy Valley (played by Minnie Mouse) was storyboarded and lines were recorded but the sequence was deleted before it could be animated.
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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).
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This is one of the first Walt Disney films to list the voice credits for the animated characters, and the first to actually list Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy as if they were actors in a live-action film.
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Unlike many of the Walt Disney films, Fun & Fancy Free (1947) has not been re-released over and over. However, both of the animated segments have been shown separately on television.
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Mickey attempts to convince Willie to turn himself into a fly so that he can be swatted. In Brave Little Tailor (1938) Mickey killed seven flies with one blow and is sent on a quest to kill a giant (as everyone thought he was talking about killing seven giants).
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This was James MacDonald's first credit as the voice of Mickey Mouse. He dubbed in some additional lines due to the fact that Walt Disney had recorded his lines several years earlier.
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An early version of Mickey and the Beanstalk (1947) had Honest John Foulfellow, the villainous fox from Pinocchio (1940), selling Mickey the magic beans.
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The song "Fun and Fancy Free (I'm a Happy-Go-Lucky Fellow)" as sung by Jiminy Cricket was intended to be used in Pinocchio (1940) but was dropped.
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The Mickey and the Beanstalk (1947) project began in 1940, and originally, Sterling Holloway was planned to be the narrator.
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The Golden Harp slightly resembles Cinderella, at least sharing a hairstyle with Cinderella's hairdo for the ball (Cinderella (1950) was in pre-production at the same time this film was being made).
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Finnish censorship visa register number 107057 delivered on 28-8-2003.
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