Fun and Fancy Free
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Fun and Fancy Free is a 1947 American animated musical fantasy package film produced by Walt Disney and released on September 27, 1947 by RKO Radio Pictures. It is the ninth Disney animated feature film and the fourth of the package films the studio produced in the 1940s in order to save money during World War II. The Disney package films of the late 1940s helped finance Cinderella, and subsequent others, such as Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.
The film is a compilation of two stories, the first of which, Bongo, is hosted by Jiminy Cricket and narrated by Dinah Shore. Based on the tale Little Bear Bongo by Sinclair Lewis, Bongo tells the story of a circus bear cub named Bongo who longs for freedom from captivity. Bongo escapes the circus and eventually forms a romantic relationship with a female bear cub named Lulubelle in the wild, realizing that he must prove himself in order to earn Lulubelle as his mate. The second story, Mickey and the Beanstalk, is hosted by Edgar Bergen and is a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk featuring Mickey, Donald, and Goofy as three peasants who discover the temperamental Willie the Giant's castle in the sky through the use of some magic beans. They must battle the greedy but lovable giant in order to restore peace to their valley. Though the film is primarily animated, it also uses live-action segments to join its two stories together.
Why It Rocks
- As its title implies, this movie tells people to not worry or let life bother them. In fact, the first song heard in the movie (besides the title song) is "I'm a Happy, Go-Lucky Fellow". The movie has other songs like that, such as "In My Favorite Dream", "My, What a Happy Day", and "Too Good to Be True".
- The animation and colors are beautiful, despite it being released over 70 years ago.
- As mentioned, the songs clearly are on the optimistic side, and they are all pleasant to listen to.
- The voice acting is well done just like the story and songs.
- The movie does not have the best technology in some scenes, particularly the live-action parts.
- The "Say It with a Slap" scene, although funny, is kind of inappropriate for a family film. However, it could have been a G-rated way of showing how bears mate.
- The "Mickey and the Beanstalk" half of the film marked the last time Walt Disney voiced Mickey Mouse, because he was too busy on other projects to continue voicing the famous character. Disney replaced himself with sound effects artist Jimmy MacDonald, who was also a voice actor in some other Disney movies, such as the mice in Cinderella and Evinrude the Dragonfly in The Rescuers.