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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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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:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1948 (USA) 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

While the film employs the talents of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his dummies, it was a somewhat atypical performance for him. One reason for Bergen's success as a performer was that he incorporated double entendres and riskè humor in his dialogue, elements that were considered daring and innovative for his time. This material could not be used in a Disney film. See more »

Goofs

During the "Mickey and the Beanstalk" feature, the giant dragonflies are spotted overhead (at around 55 minutes) and Donald exclaims "Bombers!" then mimics shooting at them with a machine gun. The story takes place long before such things existed. See more »

Quotes

Jiminy Cricket: Now, some folks like the heavy stuff with titles five feet wide. Not me, I'm always out for fun. I like the lighter side, yes, sir!
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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

Lazy Countryside
(1947) (uncredited)
Written by Bobby Worth
Performed by Dinah Shore
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Not Disney's best, but has its interest points
16 November 2008 | by Atreyu_IISee all my reviews

The 9th animated Disney classic is something I have mixed feelings about, in similarity to what happens with "The Three Caballeros".

It's a curious cartoon with some to offer, yet not one of Disney's finest creations.

For one thing, I like its introduction. I was surprised when I heard a familiar singing voice. I thought «This voice sounds like Jiminy Cricket». And in the next moment, Jiminy Cricket appears, voiced by the same Cliff Edwards. Another interesting fact is that Jiminy Cricket is the narrator of the story in some parts. He introduces us the first of the two stories, "Bongo": it is the story of a little circus bear that runs away from the circus and discovers what it's like to be free.

I liked the story of Bongo and the character itself. He's a cute and adorable little bear. This is, without a doubt, the best segment of this motion picture. It is, however, narrated by Dinah Shore.

As for the second and final segment, "Mickey and the Beanstalk", it is narrated by Edgar Bergen, but before that there are a few live-action scenes where Edgar Bergen is working as a ventriloquist and tells the tale to child actress Luana Patten. After the end of the story, there are a few more live-action scenes like this and Jiminy Cricket appears in both.

As for the segment itself, needless to say it is based on "Jack and the Beanstalk". It's not a bad segment, but honestly I found it nothing special. It features, however, well known cartoons like Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy. It also features Willie, the famous temperamental giant from some Disney tales. Mickey Mouse is voiced by Walt Disney himself, while Donald Duck is voiced by the inimitable Clarence Nash.


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