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So Dear to My Heart (1948)

Passed | | Animation, Drama, Family | 19 January 1949 (USA)
This heartwarming classic tells the tale of a country boy who adopts a mischevious black lamb and learns valuable lessons about love and dedication.


(as Harold Schuster),


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Credited cast:
Uncle Hiram Douglas
Head Judge at County Fair
Raymond Bond ...
Pete Grundy - Storekeeper
Walter Soderling ...
Grampa Meeker
Mr. Burns - Horse Trainer
Spelman B. Collins ...
Jeremiah as an Adult - Narrator (voice)
Voice of Wise Old Owl (voice)
Bob Haymes ...
Singer Bob Haymes (voice)
The Rhythmaires ...
Vocal Ensemble (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Danny ...
Baby Lamb / Ram


This heartwarming classic tells the tale of a country boy who adopts a mischevious black lamb and learns valuable lessons about love and dedication.

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19 January 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tão Perto do Coração  »

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(RCA Sound System)



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1.37 : 1
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The world premiere was held at the Elliott Hall of Music at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. See more »


Referenced in DTV: Golden Oldies (1984) See more »


It's Whatcha Do With Whatcha Got
Written by Don Raye and Gene de Paul
Sung by Ken Carson
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Very lovely and charming
21 November 2010 | by See all my reviews

The title matches my feelings about it: indeed it is so dear to my heart. This is one of those early Disney classics which mix live-action and animation. It's a relic, one of those cinema pearls incredibly difficult to find and almost completely forgotten today. Which is a shame. It really is a fine little film. A small Disney masterpiece. I can even use the old-fashioned but charming exclamation of surprise «Gee whiz» to describe it. «Gee whiz» was probably Bobby Driscoll's favorite saying, as he often used this phrase in his films.

They don't make anything like this nowadays. This is from a time when films were made with love, art and talent. Now the priority is purely to profit, with no real quality, no real talent and sadistic humor.

Made shortly after 'Song of the South', has evident similarities with that one. Like that one, it mixes live-action and cartoons and has the same couple of children: the unforgettable Bobby Driscoll and Luana Patten. Another thing in common is the beauty of sceneries and locations, all in a big farm and they're about farm life. On the other hand, I can see that the famous 1995 film 'Babe' got some of its inspiration from 'So Dear To My Heart'.

Now, as for the comparison between 'Song of the South' and 'So Dear To My Heart', which one is the better film? 'Song of the South' is good, but 'So Dear To My Heart' is the winner to me.

The 4 main actors are excellent: Bobby Driscoll as Jeremiah Kincaid, Luana Patten as Tildy, Beulah Bondi as Jeremiah's loving grandmother but serious Granny Kincaid and Burl Ives as Uncle Hiram Douglas. The narrator does a wonderful job too. Oh yes, I can also mention the black lamb that portrays Danny: a fine animal actor, even though it might sound a little strange to say this. Danny the lamb is quite an extraordinary creature, to say the least. Danny is completely hilarious whenever he runs and causes mess and Jeremiah runs after him and tries to stop him.

So, this film takes place in the early 20th century (in the year 1903, to be exact). It is basically the tale of Jeremiah and his love for his lamb Danny, being also a very educative film that teaches some culture and some good messages. Both the live-action and the animation look beautiful, pure, colorful, alive, artistic and magical.

This and 'The Window' from 1949 are both masterpieces with the great Bobby Driscoll.

Title in Portugal: 'Tão Perto do Coração'.

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