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The Saga of Windwagon Smith (1961)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Short, Family  |  16 March 1961 (USA)
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Sea Captain Windwagon Smith hits Westport, Kansas, the starting point of the old Oregon and Santa Fe Trails, and is quickly the laughing stock of the town; instead of traveling in the usual... See full summary »

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Sea Captain Windwagon Smith hits Westport, Kansas, the starting point of the old Oregon and Santa Fe Trails, and is quickly the laughing stock of the town; instead of traveling in the usual oxen-drawn covered wagon, he is at the helm and wheel of a Contestoga-type wagon with a full set of sails. He plans to go to Oregon by taking advantage of the prairie winds. First, he wins over the town mayor, falls in love with the mayor's beautiful daughter, Molly Crum, and then secures financial backing from the townspeople. He sets sail across the plains, with Molly Crum as a covered-wagon stowaway, and a Kansas twister looming on the horizon. And, then, the wind hits the sails. And the fan, too, if he had had one. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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An interesting change of pace
15 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Saga of Windwagon Smith is quite an unusual Disney cartoon and this is not meant in a bad way regardless of how at times un-Disney-like it is. In fact, The Saga of Windwagon Smith is decent and is worth seeing for any Disney fan or anybody keen on watching the "Disney rarities". Personally wasn't too keen on the animation here, nice colours here and there as well, as some flat ones, but some of the backgrounds did seem too simple at times and the characters are often very choppily drawn. The characters are one-dimensional and a lot of them are lacking in personality(some also may not take kindly to the portrayal of the Kansas townspeople nor to a couple of the stereotypical jokes the cartoon has), the titular character is an exception to the latter. The use of rhyming couplets vary in quality, most come off well but there are a fair few that are a touch lame and sound like they were thought up in a rush. However, The Saga of Windwagon Smith has a catchy music score that bursts with energy and a lushness that doesn't interfere with the story too much. The dialogue is witty and amusing and the story is very unique for Disney, they have certainly not been this unusually surreal. That said, the story is comfortably paced, a lot of fun and has a good degree of charm. Rex Allen does a great job with the narration and the voice work of the titular character. All in all, an interesting change of pace that is mostly decent but could have been great. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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