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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:

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Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

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 »

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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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Trivia

By the time this film was released, Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy starred in individual series of animated shorts and no longer appeared together. Their series had varying levels of popularity, numbers of films produced, and longevity. Several of Mickey-related films actually focused on Pluto, with Mickey in a secondary role or a cameo. The last appearance of Mickey in a classic animated short was "The Simple Things (1953), which was also the final appearance of Pluto. Donald continued to star in his own series until the 1960s, his last regular animated short being "The Litterbug (1961). He also appeared in two different educational films in 1965, but these never received wide release. Goofy had the most enduring series out of the three of them, since it ended in 1965 with "Goofy's Freeway Troubles (1965)". See more »

Goofs

During the "Mickey and the Beanstalk" feature, the house breaks apart as the beanstalk grows (at around 53 minutes) and the vines carry Mickey, Donald and Goofy upwards as they sleep. But a minute later, a shot of the intact house can be seen being carried into the clouds by the beanstalk again. See more »

Quotes

Edgar Bergen: This was the biggest adventure of their lives. Forgotten was their hunger, forgotten was their fear. It took courage to scale these massive steps, to make this journey into the unknown. But these stout-hearted lads never faltered. Three minds but with a single thought: What mystery lurked within those cold, forbidding walls? What strange spell hovered over this gloomy place?
[Mickey knocks on door]
Edgar Bergen: Will no one answer? Are they walking into a trap? Do they go in?
Charlie McCarthy: You know, you could stand some ...
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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 Disneycember: Fun and Fancy Free (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Fee Fi Fo Fum
(1947) (uncredited)
Written by Paul J. Smith and Arthur Quenzer
Performed by Billy Gilbert
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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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