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Lance Nolley (story) &
Charles A. Nichols (story)
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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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  (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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An interesting change of pace, 15 November 2014
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

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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