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3 April 1965 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Dale Robertson ... Justin Eagle (voice)

Edgar Buchanan ... Sorry (voice)
Barbara Jean Wong ... Stormy (voice)

Herschel Bernardi ... The Captain / Saloon Man#1 (voice)

Ross Martin ... Andy Svenson (voice)

Pinto Colvig ... Abner Hawkins / Animal Sounds / Man on Trolly / Laughing Saloon Man (voice)
Clarence Nash ... Senator Freeman / Mountain Lion (voice)
Buck Buchanan ... News Boy / Boy (voice)

Verna Felton ... Mrs.Pomeroy / Mother / Lady on Trolley (voice)
Shepard Menken ... Shanghai Kelly / Chinese Singer / Saloon Man#3 / Trolley Car Conductor (voice)
John Hiestand ... Old Salt / Moatgomerey Blaine (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Cliff Edwards ... Doc / The Whip (voice) (uncredited)

Edward Platt ... The Man In The Black Cape (voice) (uncredited)
Thurl Ravenscroft ... Reverend / Saloon Man#2 (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
David Detiege 
Writing credits
David Detiege (written by)

Al Bertino  additional writer (uncredited)
Phyllis Bounds Detiege  additional writer (uncredited)
Dick Kinney  additional writer (uncredited)

Produced by
Phyllis Bounds Detiege .... producer
Original Music by
George Stoll 
Robert Van Eps 
Film Editing by
Ted Baker 
Sam Horta 
Ralph Ives 
Production Design by
Ernie Nordli  (as Erni Nordli)
Production Management
William Redlin .... production manager (as Bill Redlin)
Camera and Electrical Department
Max Morgan .... animation photography
Animation Department
Mindy Bagdon .... xerox
Robert Brown .... scene planner
Bruce Bushman .... layout artist
Walt Clinton .... animator
Ron Dias .... background painter
John W. Dunn .... animator (as John Dunn)
Ed Friedman .... animator
Moe Gollub .... animator (as Morris Gollub)
Jim Goodnow .... xerox
Stan Green .... animator
Harry Holt .... animator
Ron Honthaner .... xerox
Ken Hultgren .... animator
Dick Kelsey .... background painter
Don Lusk .... animator
Don Morgan .... layout artist
Buf Nerbovig .... scene planner
Amby Paliwoda .... animator (as Ambi Paliwoda)
Jane Philippi .... scene planner
Tom Ramsey .... xerox
Tony Rivera .... layout artist
George Rowley .... animator
John Sparey .... animator
Auril Thompson .... cel painter
Don Towsley .... animator
Gil Turner .... animator
Katherine Victor .... scene planner
Ben Washam .... animator (as Benny Washam)
Thelma Witmer .... background painter
Music Department
Leo Arnaud .... orchestrator
Carl Fortina .... musician: accordion soloist
Sam Horta .... music editor
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator
George Stoll .... conductor
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
Sam Caylor .... music editor (uncredited)
Henry Mancini .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Shelly Manne .... musician: drums (uncredited)
George Stoll .... musical director (uncredited)
Robert Van Eps .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Dale Robertson .... presenter


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81 min
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Cliff Edwards's final major length film.See more »
Justin Eagle:Can I trust you Andy?
Andy:Ya we all in same boat.
Justin Eagle:Have you seen a 60 year old man aboard grey hair, glasses.
Andy:Ya he's in same boat to right over there.
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6 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A two-dimensional Western in more ways than one., 25 December 2001
Author: Victor Field from London, England

"Balto," "Sarah," this - what is it about animated movies with live-action openings that dooms them to failure ("The Phantom Tollbooth" and "The Pagemaster" notwithstanding)? Dale Robertson, voice of "The Man From Button Willow" ("presented" by the man, who also shares credit for songs) introduces the movie with an explanation of what it's about: with the railroads expanding west, some unscrupulous types tried to take advantage of the situation by buying up the necessary land and selling it back at a profit. The Government sent Senate investigators to put a stop to this, and government agents like the title Button Willow man to put a stop to any subterfuge.

All of which could have made for a decent movie, had it not been for writer-director David Detiege shooting himself in both feet and chopping them off for good measure by devoting far, far too much time (about two-thirds of the movie) to our hero's home life... he lives on a ranch with his sidekick Sorry and adoptive Japanese daughter Stormy. And lots of animals. And we even get a song or two. This sub-Disney drivel is not the kind of thing the audience wants, especially as it has nothing to do with the main story; it makes the movie look padded out from a half-hour TV show (not impossible, given the OK but far from A-grade animation).

When the movie does get down to business it improves, but not enough to keep this from being a waste of time - nice Howard Keel song though. (And note: the end credits for the print I saw have been changed a bit to reflect a 1975 re-release.) When this ended, I caught part of "The Wild Thornberrys" - now that's decent cartooning.

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