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Fun and Fancy Free (1947)

Fun & Fancy Free (original title)
Approved | | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 12 March 1948 (USA)
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.

Directors:

Jack Kinney (uncredited), Hamilton Luske (uncredited) | 2 more credits »

Writers:

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


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Trivia

Contrary to popular belief, this is not the first film project to star James MacDonald as the voice of Mickey Mouse. He was the voice actor for Mickey Mouse from 1948 until his retirement in 1977, when Wayne Allwine took over as the official Mickey Mouse voice. See more »

Goofs

During the bear chorus line with bears arm in arm (31 minutes into the feature), which arm is in front changes a few times. See more »

Quotes

Willie the Giant: [pointing at one of the lines on his hand] But what's this here? What is it? What is it?
Mickey Mouse: Uh-oh! I can't believe it!
Willie the Giant: Is it bad?
Mickey Mouse: Why, i-i-it says here that you can change yourself into anything!
Willie the Giant: Sure, sure! You wanna see me? I can change myself into the darndest things! Go on, gimme somethin'. Anything!
Mickey Mouse: Anything?
Willie the Giant: Anything!
Edgar Bergen: See? Mickey never misses a trick. He's got a good idea.
Mickey Mouse: Well, uh. Can you change into a fly?
Willie the Giant: A cute, teeny-weeny, itsy-bitsy housefly?
[...]
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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

Featured in WatchMojo: The History of Mickey Mouse (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Too Good to be True
(1947) (uncredited)
Written by Buddy Kaye and Eliot Daniel
Performed by Dinah Shore and Chorus
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"Well she used to be a good milker, but now.. she's an udder failure"
1 October 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Fun and Fancy Free is for me one of Disney's lesser efforts, but is still very charming, simple and enjoyable. I did think the live action sequences were dated though, and the film is quite short. Out of all the characters, the only character I didn't care for that much was the puppet. Apart from the hilarious "well she used to be a good milker, but now... she is an udder failure" he didn't really make an impact on me. Maybe it was because the ventriloquism was rather substandard.

However, I really enjoyed this on the whole. The introduction with Jiminy Cricket- voiced by the one and only Cliff Edwards- in the library was very effective, as was a vast majority of the script. The animation is stunning, and by far the best aspect of the movie, and I hope I am not the only person who found the songs beautiful and memorable, my favourite being "My what a happy day".

There are two mini-classics here, Bongo and Mickey and the Beanstalk. Both are wonderful gems, but I will admit I do prefer the latter. Bongo tells the rather simple story of the adorable Bongo and his endeavour into a world he has never known before, after being the star attraction of a circus. It is very sweet and well meaning, and the narration isn't so bad either. Mickey and the Beanstalk is a favourite of mine. Wonderful voice acting, terrific animation especially for the beanstalk and nice music made this memorable for me.

Other things that impressed were one Jiminy Cricket of course, well how can he not impress, he is a classic character in the history of animation? Two, I thought Edgar Bergen was very entertaining in this film asides from the ventriloquism, and also child actress Luana Patten was impressive.

All in all, one of Disney's lesser efforts, but has undeniable charm due to the animated segments and Cricket himself. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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Country:

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Language:

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Release Date:

12 March 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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