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Fun and Fancy Free (1947)

Fun & Fancy Free (original title)
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.

Writers:

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)
Luana Patten ... Luana
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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Plot Keywords:

disney | circus | bear | face slap | night | See All (85) »

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 January 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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

Company Credits

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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

The famous phrase "Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman" from the "Jack and the Beanstalk" story seems to be much older than the known versions of the story. Variations of it appear in earlier works such as "Have with You to Saffron-Walden" (1596) by Thomas Nashe (1567-c. 1601), "King Lear" (1605) by William Shakespeare (1564-1616), and "Jack the Giant Killer" (1711). See more »

Goofs

Willie the Giant's face stubble changes from flesh colored, as seen during the "Mickey and the Beanstalk" feature, to white/gray around his mouth when he lifts Bergen's roof looking for Mickey. See more »

Quotes

Charlie McCarthy: Well, Donald may be nuts, but he's got the right idea. Kill the cow.
Luana Patten: Oh, no, Charlie! The cow was their best friend.
Charlie McCarthy: Well, a friend in need is a friend indeed.
Edgar Bergen: So what?
Charlie McCarthy: So, they need some steak.
Mortimer Snerd: No! If you're gonna kill the cow, I don't wanna hear the rest of the story!
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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 »

Connections

Edited into Donald's Diary (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

My Favorite Dream
(1947) (uncredited)
Written by Bill Walsh and Ray Noble
Performed by Anita Gordon
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A highly uneven and odd hodgepodge.
8 January 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

After WWII, the Walt Disney company released a couple feature films that were actually nothing more than a few long cartoons strung together to feature length. The result were movies like this one as well as "Make Mine Music" and "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad" which are essentially movies that seem a bit disjoint, as the theme that links the shorts is tenuous at best. Here, "Fun and Fancy Free" is a vague term and really has nothing to do with the cartoons. In addition, the quality of the two cartoons is quite different.

The first cartoon, "Bongo", frankly is awfully lame. Despite having some nice splashy colors, the story is weak and should have supported an 8-10 minute film--not a short running over a half hour. Plus, so much of the film seemed like filler--with LOTS and LOTS of singing from Dinah Shore and others. It's the story of a miserable circus bear who longs to be free. But, when a chance opportunity occurs and he escapes, life in the wild isn't as easy as he expected. Apart from a few cute characters (including a girl bear--you can tell because she has a flower growing out of her head), there isn't much to recommend it. I assume kids of the day really were bored by the cartoon and its watchability is not great. I'd score this one a 4---mostly because the animation is pretty good.

The final cartoon is the one kids will love, as it features Mickey, Donald and Goofy. Oddly, however, unlike the first cartoon, this one features a lot of live-action--with Edgar Bergen and his puppets entertaining a cute little girl with a Disney-fied version of "Jack and the Beanstalk". In this version, the three heroes take on the mean giant--wonderfully brought to life by the voice of Billy Gilbert. While it's clearly a variation of an earlier Disney film ("The Brave Little Tailor"), it still is very watchable and cute. Not a brilliant film, nevertheless it actually makes "Fun and Fancy Free" worth seeing. Plus, fans of Edgar Bergen will enjoy seeing him and his characters. I particularly enjoyed Charlie's 'Udder failure' comment. I'd give this one an 8.

Overall, it's a highly uneven and odd hodgepodge that, frankly, is not especially great viewing. However, the accompanying documentary about this, "The Story Behind Walt Disney's Fun & Fancy Free" is a lot more interesting than the film itself--so if you get the DVD, be sure to watch this in the special features.


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