Fun and Fancy Free - Disney Films Project

Fun and Fancy Free - Disney Films Project

Fun and Fancy Free is the 5th package presentation we've watched for our Disney Films Project


This film features two segments: Bongo and Mickey and the Beanstalk. Jiminy Cricket appears at the beginning singing a short song of"I'm a Happy-go-Lucky Fellow", a song written for and cut from Pinocchio before its release. Jiminy then finds a playroom with a doll, a teddy bear, and a record player with some records, and sets up to play the story of Bongo on the record.

Mickey and the Beanstalk was narrated by Edgar Bergen in live-action sequences, who, with the help of his ventriloquist dummies Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd, told the tale to child actress Luana Patten at her birthday party.

 

A few interesting tidbits about Fun and Fancy Free:

  • The "Mickey and the Beanstalk" portion of the film was the last time Walt Disney voiced Mickey Mouse, because he was too busy on other projects to continue voicing the famous character.
  • During the 1940s, Mickey and the Beanstalk and Bongo were originally going to be developed as two separate feature films.
  • It is the the only film featuring all four of Walt Disney's most famous characters -- Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Jiminy Cricket

Sources: Wikipedia and Disney.com

 

Katie's thoughts

It's clear that this film is an excuse to paste together a few odd projects and create a feature. As I explained in my last post, it's what kept the Disney animation studio alive during a difficult time after World War II. I felt like the animation on the Bongo segment was quite primitive compared to the other work produced by the studio in the same time period. It certainly seemed quite a bit behind the artwork in Mickey and the Beanstalk. I didn't really care for the Bongo story, but I have always liked the Mickey Mouse version of the beanstalk tale. The interlude with Edgar Bergen and his puppets was strange and a little creepy. He did do a nice job of narrating the story though. Overall, I give this collection 3 out of 10 Mickey heads. 

 

Second opinion with Alex

Fun and Fancy Free features a cut song from Pinocchio, and performance footage of Edgar Bergen. Sadly, this is the only benefit to the film. The rest runs too short, and the featured stories can easily be found elsewhere. When Mickey and Friends can't manage to save a movie, it's a bad sign. Tellingly, this is one of the last package films made. I give this film 2 out of 10 Mickey ears. That's right, this is close to the bottom of the barrel! I did enjoy the segment with Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy though.

 

Riley's viewpoint

These two clips have nothing to do with each other, and you can tell that they were cut from different films. Bongo is a very interesting story and seems to say that everyone has a different view of love. If it is true that people express their love with a slap, than count me out of love. I liked the retelling of Jack and the bean stalk but can someone tell me why a little girl an old man and two puppets are the only ones at her birthday party? Does that seem weird to anyone else? I am giving this film 3 mickey heads.

Disney seems to have brushed Bongo aside (wisely) but they have kept Mickey and the Beanstalk around through the years and re-released it with a few different collections. The Golden Harp from the movie even makes a cameo appearance in Who Framed Roger Rabbit!

 

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