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So Dear to My Heart (1948)

Passed | | Animation, Drama, Family | 19 January 1949 (USA)
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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.

Directors:

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

Writers:

John Tucker Battle (screenplay), Maurice Rapf (adaptation) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

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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Taglines:

A Walt Disney Country Fair, Filled with Music, Laughter, Drama! (1964 re-release) See more »


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tão Perto do Coração See more »

Filming Locations:

Porterville, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Referenced in One Hour in Wonderland (1950) See more »

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It's Whatcha Do With Whatcha Got
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Written by Don Raye and Gene de Paul
Sung by Ken Carson
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Exceptionally well made schmaltzy Americana.
9 September 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"So Dear to My Heart" is the sort of unabashed bit of schmaltz that Disney did very well and which you would never see today. It's pure Americana--the sort of perfectly groomed and manicured America that Walt Disney himself wanted to promote--and which he later promoted with Disneyland and Disneyworld. It represents a look at a time and place that isn't realistic--it's more hyper-idealized and sweet--and it's pure nostalgia. Some might balk at this sort of thing--I felt like it was an incredibly sweet film.

The story is about a boy (Bobby Discoll) and his pet lamb. It's also a parable about hard work, determination and good old fashioned values. And, it culminates with the lamb going to the county fair.

When the film was tested, audiences didn't like that there was no animation as they expected animation in a Disney film. I really do NOT think it was needed and the animated sequences are completely unnecessary for the film, though they have a certain charm. I think they weren't needed because the film had so much going for it already--great acting by Driscoll (a very talented child actor), Beulah Bondi and Burl Ives, some AMAZING cinematography (with amazing shots of forests and meadows) and a nice but very simple script. It's a great film for kids--especially because of its healthy messages and an unusually strong religious message for a Disney film. Well worth seeing for all ages.


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