Fun And Fancy Free 1974

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Two different animated stories produced by the Disney studios. 'Bongo' is based on a children's story by Sinclair Lewis and tells the tale of a lonely circus bear who finds love in the wilderness. 'Mickey and the Beanstalk', which features live-action sequences, casts Mickey Mouse (voice of Walt Disney), Donald Duck (Clarence Nash) and Goofy (Pinto Colvig) in a variant of the familiar tale, with the trio climbing a magic beanstalk in an attempt to rescue a singing harp.

Starring:
Goofy, Jiminy Cricket
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DVD

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  • Feature universal
Runtime 1 hour 10 minutes
Starring Goofy, Jiminy Cricket
Director Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Ha
Studio WALT DISNEY HOME VIDEO
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages English

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lularitzibellafizz on 27 April 2008
Format: DVD
I have loved the Mickey and the Beanstalk film since I was 3 and I still love watching it (I'm 18!). It's one of the classics that I believe is underrated. The drawings and paint are stunning and the humour is there aswell (I absolutely love Herman, the narrator and Willy the giant!).

Considering it's 60 years old, it's really a fantastic Disney film that should be in anyone's collection.
It's a good, old-fashioned tale that will keep children interested and yet, as it's only approx. 30 minutes long it's short enough so as to not make them bored.

Give them a classic, rather than the a mass-produced Pixar type film!
They don't make 'em like this any more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley as Billy on 13 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
`Fun and Fancy Free' is a lovely animated feature-length Disney film that I've enjoyed re-watching from my childhood. It features Mickey, Donald and Goofy with Jiminy Cricket and contains two stories that can be seen as one. It's also very clever in blending in a mix of live action and animation into the mix.

I bought this DVD for my mum and dad's wedding anniversary recently and they enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed watching it again since I remember seeing this when I was younger.

What I like about this film is that it's a film that talks about the meaning of life and what life's all about. It's an uplifting, feel-good film that helps to put us out of a misery whenever you think life is not worth living or there is too much trouble in the world. It reminds us of how to be optimistic no matter how bleak things are and teaches us how we can be happy. Even Jiminy Cricket tells us these things, especially when he's showing Cleo the goldfish in her goldfish bowl a newspaper and singing how to smile and not to worry.

This film was produced by Walt Disney from the aftermath of World War II. It's fitting that a film as feel-good as this should be released in cinemas after a period of hardship and suffering to lift up people's spirits again. The two stories in the film went through a number of stages before being halted because of World War II till eventually the two stories were resurfaced and packaged to make one film. For me, this was a neat and rather nice idea and was a pleasure to watch when I was younger.

The two stories in this film are `Bongo' and `Mickey and the Beanstalk'.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Mar. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
What can I say? Two classic (and I mean classic) disney tales, the most prominent of which (Mickey and the Beanstalk), is a real landmark for the whole industry. The famous disney characters, all together (a rare occasion) in a funny and dramatic film. Its wondrous what these people can come up with and mickey and the beanstalk (and the entire video in fact) is a true gem. Any real person would love it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By peter thijssen on 26 Jan. 2003
Format: DVD
Okay. I am a huge Disney fan and I want to have everything on DVD although I already have it on VHS. If you are a fan, like me this is a must have dvd. Simply because you want to complete your collection. If you just like cartoons this is funny, not great but funny. Fun and fancy free was Disney's ninth full lenght animated classic. It was made during the war time and Disney needed to cut down the cost, so he desided to combine some short films together. Mickey and the Beanstalk is an absolute classic it was the last film in whitch Walt personally provided the voice of Mickey Mouse.
Fun and fancy free is as the title indicates Fun. But nothing Fancy.
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While none of the package features that the Disney Studios released during the aftermath of World War II have stayed very popular intact, elements from them are actually quite popular. In fact, it might be a surprise to learn that a few of their popular mid-length releases started out in these features. That’s certainly the case with one of the two segments from Fun and Fancy Free.

Jiminy Cricket is our host for this movie, and he opens it with the title song (a song that was written for him and then cut from Pinocchio.) After that song is over, he transitions into the two stories, but his overall part in the film is very small.

Up first is “Bongo”, the story of a circus bear who is trained to do all kinds of acts. He’s the star of the show, but when not in the big top, he’s a prisoner of the owners. All that changes when he discovers his cage is unlocked one day and makes a daring escape into the wild. But will the bear be able to survive on his own? And what will happen when he meets up with other bears?

This portion is told by Dinah Shore, who sings a few songs that go along with the film. There’s no spoken dialogue between characters. Animals in a Disney film not talking – shocking isn’t it? Still, the story is fairly entertaining and contains some great physical comedy as only a cartoon can do. As it turns into a romance, the comedy keeps coming, and that part of the story is just as entertaining.

I’d guess that most kids would actually enjoy this short with the exception of the music. While popular for the 1940’s, the style is definitely dated today. If kids are young enough, they probably won’t care. Still, it’s probably not something they would be clamoring to watch over and over again.
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