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The Reluctant Dragon ()


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Humorist Robert Benchley learns about the animation process at Walt Disney Studios while trying to find the great man himself to pitch him the idea of making a cartoon about a shy dragon.

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Robert Benchley
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Doris (Studio Artist)
Buddy Pepper ...
Humphrey (Studio Guide)
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Mrs. Benchley
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Sir Giles (segment "The Reluctant Dragon") (voice)
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The Dragon (segment "The Reluctant Dragon") (voice)
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The Boy (segment "The Reluctant Dragon") (voice)
Florence Gill ...
Florence Gill / Clara Cluck
Clarence Nash ...
Clarence Nash / Donald Duck
Norman Ferguson ...
Norm Ferguson (as Norm Ferguson)
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Ward Kimball
Jim Luske ...
Jimmy - Baby Weems Model (as Jimmy Luske)
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Al - Baby Weems Storyboard Artist
Truman Woodworth ...
Truman Woodworth
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Hamilton MacFadden (as Hamilton Mac Fadden)
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Baby Weems Storyboard Artist
The Staff of the Walt Disney Studio ...
Staff of the Walt Disney Studios
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Alexander ...
Baby Weems' Father (uncredited) (voice)
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Frank Churchill (uncredited)
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Undetermined Minor Role (uncredited)
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Tall Baby Weems Storyboard Artist with Mustache (uncredited)
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Walt Disney (uncredited)
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Slim (uncredited)
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Frank - Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
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Studio Policeman (uncredited)
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Sculptor (uncredited)
Leone Le Doux ...
Baby Weems (segment "Baby Weems") (uncredited) (voice)
James MacDonald ...
Sound Effects Man (uncredited)
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Walter Winchell (segment "Baby Weems") (uncredited) (voice)
Linda Marwood ...
Baby Weems' Mother (segment "Baby Weems") (uncredited) (voice)
John McLeish ...
Narrator (segment "How to Ride a Horse") / Man handing Bambi background (uncredited) (voice)
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Studio Guard / Narrator (segment "Baby Weems") (uncredited) (voice)
Fred Moore ...
Fred Moore (uncredited)
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Art Student (uncredited)
Milicent Patrick ...
Studio Artist (uncredited)
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Humphrey's Boss - Head of Security (uncredited)
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Wolfgang Reitherman (uncredited)
Retta Scott ...
Studio Artists (uncredited)
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Baby Weems (segment "Baby Weems") (uncredited) (voice)
Val Stanton ...
Courier (segment "The Reluctant Dragon") (uncredited) (voice)
J. Donald Wilson ...
Narrator (segment "The Reluctant Dragon") (uncredited) (voice)
Jack Young ...
FDR (segment "Baby Weems") (uncredited) (voice)

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Alfred L. Werker
Hamilton Luske ... (cartoon sequences)
Jack Cutting ... (uncredited) (cartoon sequences)
Ub Iwerks ... (uncredited) (cartoon sequences)
Jack Kinney ... (uncredited) (cartoon sequences)

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Kenneth Grahame ... (based on the story by)
 
Ted Sears ... (screenplay) &
Al Perkins ... (screenplay) &
Larry Clemmons ... (screenplay) &
William Cottrell ... (screenplay) &
Harry Clork ... (screenplay)
 
Erdman Penner ... (story "Reluctant Dragon" sequence) &
T. Hee ... (story "Reluctant Dragon" sequence)
 
Joe Grant ... (story "Baby Weems" sequence) &
Dick Huemer ... (story "Baby Weems" sequence) &
John P. Miller ... (story "Baby Weems" sequence)
 
Robert Benchley ...
 
Berk Anthony ... (segment "The Reluctant Dragon") (story)

Produced by

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Walt Disney ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Frank Churchill
Larry Morey

Cinematography by

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Bert Glennon ... director of photography
Winton C. Hoch ... director of photography: Technicolor sequences (as Winton Hoch)

Film Editing by

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Paul Weatherwax

Art Direction by

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Ken Anderson ... (art direction: cartoon sequences)
Yale Gracey ... (art direction: cartoon sequences)
Hugh Hennesy ... (art direction: cartoon sequences)
Lance Nolley ... (art direction: cartoon sequences)
Gordon Wiles

Set Decoration by

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Earl Wooden ... (as Earl Woodin)

Production Management

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Earl Rettig ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Ford Beebe Jr. ... assistant director: cartoon sequences
Jasper Blystone ... assistant director
Jim Handley ... assistant director: cartoon sequences
Erwin L. Verity ... assistant director: cartoon sequences (as Erwin Verity)
Jack Bruner ... assistant director: cartoon sequences (uncredited)
Lou Debney ... assistant director: cartoon sequences (uncredited)
Art Gibeaut ... assistant director: cartoon sequences (uncredited)

Art Department

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Charles Philippi ... art direction: cartoon sequences (as Chas Philippi)

Sound Department

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Frank Maher ... sound recordist
James MacDonald ... sound effects (uncredited)

Special Effects by

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Ub Iwerks ... special effects
Joshua Meador ... special effects (as Joshua L. Meador)

Visual Effects by

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Edwin Aardal ... effects animator (uncredited)
Jerome Brown ... effects animator (uncredited)
Brad Case ... effects animator (uncredited)
Ugo D'Orsi ... effects animator (uncredited)
George De Beeson ... effects animator (uncredited)
Russ Dyson ... effects animator (uncredited)
Andy Engman ... effects animator (uncredited)
James Escalante ... effects animator (uncredited)
Art Fitzpatrick ... effects animator (uncredited)
Harry Hamsel ... effects animator (uncredited)
Joe Harbaugh ... effects animator (uncredited)
Jack Huber ... effects animator (uncredited)
Paul B. Kossoff ... effects animator (uncredited)
Fred Madison ... effects animator (uncredited)
John McDermott ... effects animator (uncredited)
John McManus ... effects animator (uncredited)
Art Palmer ... effects animator (uncredited)
Miles E. Pike ... effects animator (uncredited)
John Reed ... effects animator (uncredited)
George Rowley ... effects animator (uncredited)
Sandy Strother ... effects animator (uncredited)
Reuben Timmins ... effects animator (uncredited)
Don Tobin ... effects animator (uncredited)
Noel Tucker ... effects animator (uncredited)
Vernon G. Witt ... effects animator (uncredited)
Cornett Wood ... effects animator (uncredited)

Animation Department

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Jack Campbell ... animator
Ray Huffine ... background artist
Walt Kelly ... animator (uncredited)
Ward Kimball ... animator
Fred Moore ... animator
Milt Neil ... animator
Wolfgang Reitherman ... animator
Art Riley ... background artist (as Arthur Riley)
Claude Smith ... animator
David Swift ... animator (as Bud Swift)
Harvey Toombs ... animator
Stephen Bosustow ... animator (uncredited)
Chester Cobb ... animator (uncredited)
Rex Cox ... animator (uncredited)
Ed Fourcher ... animator (uncredited)
George Goepper ... animator (uncredited)
Ray Lockrem ... background artist (uncredited)
Bob McIntosh ... background artist (uncredited)
Paul Murry ... animator (uncredited)
Mique Nelson ... background artist (uncredited)
Frank Onaitis ... animator (uncredited)
Frank Oreb ... animator (uncredited)
John Sibley ... animator (uncredited)
Louis Terri ... animator (uncredited)
Judge Whitaker ... animator (uncredited)
Bernard Wolf ... animator (uncredited)

Music Department

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Leigh Harline ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul J. Smith ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Charles Wolcott ... composer: additional music (uncredited)

Other crew

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Walt Disney ... presenter
Natalie Kalmus ... color director: Technicolor sequences
Lyle De Grummond ... technical planner (uncredited)
T. Hee ... caricatures: title sequence (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines A NEW WORLD OF WALT DISNEY WONDERS! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • A Day at Disneys (United States)
  • Sorcery Animation Heaven (Japan, English title)
  • Les secrets de Walt Disney (France)
  • Le dragon hesitant (France)
  • Der Drache wider Willen (Germany)
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  • 74 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia The Mickey Avenue/Dopey Drive signpost was built specifically for the movie, and was supposed to be removed afterward. It wasn't, and it still stands at the Disney studio. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in L'usine à rêves (1962). See more »
Soundtracks The Reluctant Dragon See more »
Crazy Credits 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 »
Quotes Sir Giles: Radish so red / Radish so red / Plucked from the heart of your warm little bed / Sprinkle some salt on the top of your head /
[eats radish]
Sir Giles: Delicious.
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