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Fun & Fancy Free (1947)

Jiminy Cricket hosts two Disney animated shorts: "Bongo," about a circus bear escaping to the wild, and "Mickey and the Beanstalk," a take on the famous fairy tale.

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Homer Brightman (story), Harry Reeves (story) | 5 more credits »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edgar Bergen ... Edgar Bergen / Charlie McCarthy / Mortimer Snerd
Dinah Shore ... Dinah Shore - Narrator (voice)
Charlie McCarthy ... Charlie
Mortimer Snerd ... Mortimer
Luana Patten ... Luana
Donald Duck Donald Duck ... Donald
Mickey Mouse ... Mickey
Jiminy Cricket Jiminy Cricket ... Jiminy
Anita Gordon Anita Gordon ... Singing Harp (voice)
Cliff Edwards ... Jiminy Cricket (voice)
Billy Gilbert ... Willie the Giant (voice)
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Donald Duck / Cat (voice)
The King's Men The King's Men ... Singers (as The Kings Men)
The Dinning Sisters The Dinning Sisters ... Singers
The Starlighters The Starlighters ... The Starlighters
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Storyline

Disney version of fairy tale "Jack and the Beanstalk", featuring Mickey, Donald, and Goofy in the main roles. Also contains another short film, re-released as "Bongo". Written by Tim Pickett <quetzal@yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au>

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Taglines:

It's Got That DISNEY MAGIC! (original print media ad - many caps)


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fun and Fancy Free, Featuring Mickey and the Beanstalk See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Since Bongo is a circus character, initial drafts for his segment of the film included a minor crossover with fellow circus character Dumbo and his supporting cast. The idea was scrapped when it was decided to shorten the duration of the film and minimize the size of its cast. See more »

Goofs

During the "Mickey and the Beanstalk" feature, the giant dragonflies are spotted overhead (at around 55 minutes) and Donald exclaims "Bombers!" then mimics shooting at them with a machine gun. The story takes place long before such things existed. See more »

Quotes

[Mickey is pressed between a wall and the giant's jewelry box]
Charlie McCarthy: Anybody wanna buy a tall, thin mouse?
Edgar Bergen: No, thank you. Uh, I mean, no.
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Crazy Credits

Charlie McCarthy, Mortimer Snerd, Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket, and Donald Duck are billed as if they were actors, when they are fictional characters. See more »


Soundtracks

Lazy Countryside
(1947) (uncredited)
Written by Bobby Worth
Performed by Dinah Shore
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A lovely and adorable film
5 October 2009 | by Herbest8See all my reviews

This package film from the Disney studio is simple but just irresistible as it features two colorful and cute cartoons interwoven with Edger Bergen and his famous dummies Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd.

The first segment is "Bongo" based on a short story by Sinclair Lewis. With the exception of narrator Dinah Shore, the whole thing is dialog free and although it moves along at a leisurely pace, it is good enough for the kids but adults will most certainly squirm.

The next segment is "Mickey and the Beanstalk" which has Bergan doing the narration of the classic fairy tale starring Mickey, Donald and Goofy as they face Willie the Giant (voiced amusingly by Billy Gilbert). Although the cartoon is cute and amusing, Bergen and his dummies along with the adorable Luana Patten provide the bulk of the laughs. I can't help but compare the approach in this segment to "Mystery Science Theater 3000" because of the good-natured riffing done by Charlie and Mortimer. It makes you wish that Walt Disney had used this formula for other films like "Alice in Wonderland" or "Cinderella." It goes without saying that Charlie's riffing on Bergen's storytelling is a particular highlight.

I say see this film. It'll warm your heart and keep you amused. Plus, it doesn't have the blatant pop culture jokes you get in contemporary animated films.


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