Humorist Robert Benchley attempts to find Walt Disney to ask him to adapt a short story about a gentle dragon who would rather recite poetry than be ferocious. Along the way, he is given a tour of Walt Disney Studios, and learns about the animation process.
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During the sound effects segment they show a clip of "Casey Junior" which later appeared, in a much shorter version, in Dumbo
(1941). See more
"So they set off up the hill, arm in arm, the knight, the dragon, and the boy. The lights in the little village began to go out one by one."
[Is interrupted by a toy rifle going off
"But there were stars and a late moon as they climbed the downs together."
[Toy rifle again
[Pan to Robert Benchley lying on a raft in the pool, with the toy rifle
Go on, I can hear in any position.
[Shoots a dart at a duck decoy in the pool
"And as they turned ...
At the end of the opening credits, a title reads: "This picture is made in answer to the many requests to show the backstage life of animated cartoons --P.S. Any resemblance to a regular motion picture is purely coincidental" See more
Typically releases of this film have the sequences How to Ride A Horse and the title featurette as separate films with the live action footage excised. See more
Featured in Studio Tour
The Reluctant Dragon
Music by Charles Wolcott
Lyrics by T. Hee
and Erdman Penner
(as Ed Penner) See more