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Lance Nolley (story) &
Charles A. Nichols (story)
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Release Date:
16 March 1961 (USA) See more »
Sea Captain Windwagon Smith hits Westport, Kansas, the starting point of the old Oregon and Santa Fe Trails... See more » | Full synopsis »
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You'd never think this was a Disney film by the look of it. See more (3 total) »


  (in credits order)

Rex Allen ... Narrator / Windwagon Smith (voice)
Sons of the Pioneers ... Singers (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat Brady ... Band Member (uncredited)
Tommy Doss ... Band Member (uncredited)
Hugh Farr ... Band Member (uncredited)
Karl Farr ... Karl - Member Sons of the Pioneers (uncredited)

J. Pat O'Malley ... Mayor Crum (voice) (uncredited)
Lloyd Perryman ... Band Member (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles A. Nichols  (as C. August Nichols)
Writing credits
Lance Nolley (story) &
Charles A. Nichols (story) (as C. August Nichols)

Produced by
Walt Disney .... producer
Original Music by
George Bruns 
Production Design by
Ernie Nordli 
Visual Effects by
Jack Boyd .... effects animator
Animation Department
Homer Jonas .... layout artist
Walt Peregoy .... color stylist
Art Stevens .... animator
Julius Svendsen .... animator
Floyd Norman .... assistant animator (uncredited)

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13 min
Color (Technicolor)
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
USA:Approved (PCA #16424)


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You'd never think this was a Disney film by the look of it., 14 August 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

This is one of the most un-Disney cartoons I've ever seen from this studio. It simply looks unique--not like any other cartoon I've ever seen. Now this isn't really bad, as Disney's short cartoons from the late 50s and early 60s were pretty poorly animated--with VERY simple drawings and backgrounds. This cartoon is a far cry from them or the older style art of Mickey and Donald. You just have to see it to understand.

The story is a strange tall-tale about a weirdo named Windwagon Smith--a sea captain that has created a combination of a covered wagon and a sailing ship. The locals in Kansas are excited about it and throw money at him to build an even bigger one. What happens next is very odd--and the ending is VERY unusual. I liked it as a change of pace but cannot imagine the average child enjoying this odd cartoon--especially with its eerily animated character, Molly. Genuinely odd but highly original.

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