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So Dear to My Heart (1948)

Passed | | Animation, Drama, Family | 19 January 1949 (USA)
1:09 | Clip
This heartwarming classic tells the tale of a country boy who adopts a mischevious black lamb and learns valuable lessons about love and dedication.


Harold D. Schuster (as Harold Schuster), Hamilton Luske


John Tucker Battle (screenplay), Maurice Rapf (adaptation) | 5 more credits »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »





Credited cast:
Burl Ives ... Uncle Hiram Douglas
Beulah Bondi ... Granny Kincaid
Bobby Driscoll ... Jeremiah 'Jerry' Kincaid
Luana Patten ... Tildy
Harry Carey ... Head Judge at County Fair
Raymond Bond Raymond Bond ... Pete Grundy - Storekeeper
Walter Soderling ... Grampa Meeker
Matt Willis ... Mr. Burns - Horse Trainer
Spelman B. Collins Spelman B. Collins ... Judge
John Beal ... Jeremiah as an Adult - Narrator (voice)
Ken Carson ... Voice of Wise Old Owl (voice)
Bob Haymes Bob Haymes ... Singer Bob Haymes (voice)
Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires Jud Conlon's Rhythmaires ... Vocal Ensemble (voice) (as The Rhythmaires)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Danny Danny ... Baby Lamb / Ram
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This heartwarming classic tells the tale of a country boy who adopts a mischevious black lamb and learns valuable lessons about love and dedication.

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Did You Know?


Disney animator Ward Kimball was given the train depot set for his backyard "Grizzly Flats" railroad in San Gabriel, CA, after filming in Porterville, CA, was complete. A few years later Walt Disney asked for it back for use in Disneyland. Kimball refused, and a replica was built to serve as the Frontierland train station. The depot is still there, but it has been moved to the far side of the tracks as a background set. See more »


Granny Kincaid: [arguing about God being her solution to everything] Oh, I know. It's a vexin' thing. It's a cruel thing, havin' your lamb run away. Maybe Danny found a holler log and crawled into it... where the dogs couldn't find him. Maybe he's snuggled up under the roots of a big old tree. However it is, it's beyond our power to help. All you can do is just hope for the best but be prepared for whatever happens.
Jeremiah 'Jerry' Kincaid: He ain't dead. He ain't dead!
Granny Kincaid: I didn't say he was. I'm only tryin' to tell you to remember that ...
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So Dear to My Heart
Written by Irving Taylor and Ticker Freeman
Sung by John Beal
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One of Walt Disney's personal favorites
6 September 2005 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

A boy-and-his-sheep story, set on a farm at the turn of the century, and a valentine to childhood. This family film from Walt Disney opens, literally, with help from a collection of animated greeting cards. It proceeds from there with bits of animation accentuating the story of a likable youngster entering his beloved pet sheep in a county fair contest. Attempt to recapture the uncanny mix of animation and live-action warmth and humor of "Song of the South" doesn't completely succeed because, although the same kids--Bobby Driscoll and Luana Patten--are present, there's no Uncle Remus or any memorable songs beyond "Lavender Blue" (which, granted, is a dilly). Still, the film is meticulously produced and overwhelmingly heartfelt. A nice addition to the Disney catalogue, and rather touching in its old-fashioned way. *** from ****

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Release Date:

19 January 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dentro de mi corazón See more »

Filming Locations:

Porterville, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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