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.
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Features How to Ride a Horse
(1950), the first of the Goofy "How-to" cartoons. When narrator John McLeish
was brought in to record the narration, he was asked to read it in a very straightforward manner, as if for a serious documentary about horse riding. He was shocked when he was told that the narration he recorded would be used in a Goofy cartoon. See more
"So they set off up the hill, arm in arm, the knight, the dragon, and the boy. The lights in the little village began to go out one by one."
[Is interrupted by a toy rifle going off
"But there were stars and a late moon as they climbed the downs together."
[Toy rifle again
[Pan to Robert Benchley lying on a raft in the pool, with the toy rifle
Go on, I can hear in any position.
[Shoots a dart at a duck decoy in the pool
"And as they ...
The animation credits include caricatures and signatures of the crew. See more
Typically releases of this film have the sequences How to Ride A Horse and the title featurette as separate films with the live action footage excised. See more
Excerpts from the opera 'Martha, oder Der Markt von Richmond'" (uncredited)
Music by Friedrich von Flotow
Libretto by Friedrich Wilhelm Riese See more