Released in [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1947]], ''Fun and Fancy Free'' is the ninth film in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon.

The movie is a "[[AnthologyFilm package film]]", consisting of two shorts that were each originally planned to be full-length movies in their own right, but due to situations at the time, had to be cut short and put together in this one movie.

The two shorts are:
* ''Bongo'': An adaptation of Creator/SinclairLewis' short childrens story "Little Bear Bongo". The story of a circus bear who escapes into the forest.
* ''Mickey and The Beanstalk'': An adaptation of ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'' starring MickeyMouse, WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and {{WesternAnimation/Goofy}}.

The shorts are tied together with a framing story starring Jiminy Cricket from ''{{Disney/Pinocchio}}'', who sets up a record player that plays the first story, and then attends a birthday party where the second story is told by Creator/EdgarBergen and his puppets Charlie [=McCarthy=] and Mortimer Snerd. ''Mickey and the Beanstalk'' is by far the more well known of the two shorts, being actually more well-known than the movie itself.

Unlike most other Disney animated features from before the age of home video, this was never given a theatrical re-release. Sometimes, however, the individual segments were each tacked onto another Disney release and/or aired on television, usually as part of episodes of [[Series/WaltDisneyPresents the Disney anthology series]]. While ''Bongo'' was usually left unchanged, ''Mickey and the Beanstalk''[='=] solo releases were mostly based on a ''Disneyland'' episode where they had replaced the narration by Edgar Bergen and his puppets with one by Ludwig von Drake.

!!'''The movie provides examples of:'''

* AdaptationalAlternateEnding: The original "Little Bear Bongo" story does feature a happy ending, but is still more cynical and violent. Notably, Bongo never becomes accepted by the other bears, his beloved rejects him for Lumpjaw, and the happy ending comes from another circus troupe finding him and re-introducing him to civilization. In the movie, the other bears and his beloved accept him.
* AffablyEvil: Willie the Giant
* AlasPoorVillain: In-universe; Mortimer is rather sad over Willie's DisneyVillainDeath by ''Mickey and the Beanstalk'''s end and has to be reassured that Willie was just a character in their story. Of course, it turns out that Willie was alive ([[RealAfterAll not to mention real]]) after all...
* AnachronismStew: ''Mickey and the Beanstalk'' takes place in a medieval setting, but Donald apparently knows what a machine gun is.
** Right before imitating a machine gun, he refers to the dragonflies he's pretending to shoot at as "bombers."
* AttackOfThe50FootWhatever: Played straight with Willie the Giant when he invades Happy Valley and steals the harp.
* AxCrazy: Literally by Donald due to extreme hunger. He swipes an ax, intending to butcher the cow so he could eat it, but is quickly stopped by Mickey and Goofy.
* BareHandedPuppetry: Bergen entertains the guests by making his hand into an old woman puppet.
* BearsAreBadNews: [[BearyFunny Inverted with Bongo, Lulubelle, and the gang of friendly bears]] that live in the forest. Played straight with the huge, monstrous bear, Lumpjaw.
* BewareTheSillyOnes: Willie the Giant (see both NotSoHarmlessVillain and VillainousBreakdown below).
* BullyingADragon: Mickey, Donald, and Goofy accidentally attract the attention of a dragonfly the size of a bomber plane and it briefly attacks them, but then flies off. Unfortunately, Donald then has the [[SarcasmMode bright idea]] of taunting it.
* ChekhovsSkill: Bongo uses his circus skills to help defeat Lumpjaw.
* ComedicUnderwearExposure: Happens to Goofy when he squeezes under the door of the giant castle and he loses his pants when they get snagged, exposing his GoofyPrintUnderwear.
** [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] by Charlie [=McCarthy=] (whom Edgar Bergen tries to keep quiet):
-->'''Charlie:''' Hey! He [Goofy] got caught with his pants--
-->'''Edgar:''' ''(sternly)'' Charlie.
-->'''Charlie:''' Caught with his pants--
-->'''Edgar:''' ''Charlie.''
-->'''Charlie:''' Well, his slip was showing...
* CuteAndPsycho: Donald.
* DamselInDistress: The Harp got kidnapped one stormy night by Willie and locked away in his castle in the sky. Mickey, Donald, and Goofy, wind up rescuing her to restore Happy Valley.
* DeadlyDodging: Bongo pulls this off.
* DeadpanSnarker: Charlie [=McCarthy=] the ventriloquist dummy constantly snarks on everything from Edgar Bergen's story telling ability to the New Deal. Naturally, a lot of his jokes go over younger viewer's heads nowadays.
-->'''Mortimer:''' ''(referring to the giant's footsteps)'' Gosh, who made them?
-->'''Charlie:''' Well, it wasn't Cinderella.
* DespairEventHorizon: Donald's breakdown of driven to the absolute lowest point of starvation, it's both terrifying and completely tear-wrenchingly understandable given the circumstances.
* DisneyDeath: [[spoiler: Bongo and Lumpjaw both go over an InevitableWaterfall]].
* DisneyFication: The original Bongo story was more dark and cynical than the adaptation Disney does for it here, right down to the ending being the exact opposite of what happens in the short story.
* DisneyVillainDeath: Willie the Giant. [[spoiler:That is, until the story turns out to be RealAfterAll.]]
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin:
-->'''Edgar:''' Now it was called Happy Valley because everyone who lived there was happy.\\
'''Charlie:''' [[SarcasmMode NO!]] [[LampshadeHanging Well, there's a hunk of logic for you.]]
* FallingInLoveMontage: Bongo and Lulubelle, accompanied by the sugary love song "Too Good to be True".
* FisherKing: The harp is what keeps Happy Valley happy. With her gone, it turns into Gruesome Gulch.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Early on in the "Bongo" sequence, Dinah Shore delivers the line, "He didn't even know how to act like a bear!" Later, Bongo doesn't understand why Lulubelle slaps him in the face (it's apparently how a bear says "I love you").
* HighDiveHijinks: Part of Bongo's circus act involves diving 300 feet into a damp sponge.
* IAmSong: "I'm a Happy-Go-Lucky Fellow" (which, incidentally, was originally created for ''{{Disney/Pinocchio}}'', where Jiminy first appeared).
* ImpactSilhouette: Bongo does it with a ''waterfall.''
* InsaneEqualsViolent: A hunger-induced Donald Duck attempting to kill the cow into hamburgers counts.
* InteractiveNarrator / BigShutUp: In ''Mickey and the Beanstalk'':
-->'''Edgar Bergen:''' But Donald doesn't give in, Donald doesn't give up--\\
'''Donald:''' ''SHUT UP! I CAN'T STAND IT!''
* LaughablyEvil: Willie first comes across this way, as a dim, bungling doofus who's actually sort of loveable. Monumentally inverted the minute he sees Mickey, at which point he turns genuinely menacing and terrifying.
* LeafBoat: Mickey, Donald and Goofy cross the giant's moat on a giant leaf. Jiminy Cricket also uses one in the introduction.
* LetsGetDangerous: When Bongo stops running in fear and starts putting his circus skills to work.
* LoveAtFirstSight: When Bongo's eye catches Lulubelle standing in the water.
* TheLoveSlapOfEpiphany: The Bongo story. There was even a song about it, part of which goes like this:
-->''When a bird loves a bird he can twitter''\\
''When a puppy falls in love he can yap''\\
''Every pigeon likes to coo''\\
''When he says I love you''\\
''But a bear likes to say it with a slap''
* MoodWhiplash: The scene where the narrator explains the plight of the peasants is somewhat gloomy but still funny. Then Donald starts freaking out....
** Earlier, when Bongo and Lulubelle's FallingInLoveMontage is disrupted by the arrival of Lumpjaw.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Once Mickey has gotten Donald, Goofy, and the harp free from the the chest in which Willie trapped them in, the group begins to escape the castle to bring the harp back to Happy Valley, but rather than choosing to hightail it out of the castle as quickly as possible, Mickey decides to tie the sleeping Willie's shoestrings together in hopes of ensuring the giant will be slowed down if he wakes up and tries to chase the group down. Unfortunately, this backfires horrendously when Willie wakes up and tries to kill Mickey for what he and his friends have done.
* NoFourthWall: An animated Willie crashes Luana's party by lifting the roof off and asking if anyone had seen Mickey. The sight of this causes Edgar to faint. In the stand alone release of Mickey and the Beanstalk, this happens to Ludwig von Drake. Prior to Willie's appearance, both are consoling a companion that Willie never actually died and that he exists as a figment of their imagination. Boy were they wrong!
** It gets better: Willie walks through UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, picks up a Brown Derby restaurant, and wears it as a hat.
* NotSoHarmlessVillain[=/=]VillainousBreakdown: Willie is [[LaughablyEvil laughable]] enough, but he is also a violent kleptomaniac who wields a morning star the size of a two-story house when he sees Mickey, Donald and Goofy trying to escape with the harp that he had stolen.
* OurGiantsAreBigger: Willie the Giant in the "Mickey and the Beanstalk" segment is the villain in this ''Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk'' adaptation. He's several stories tall, looks quite human, and lives in his castle high in the clouds. He's also a giant ''magician'', being a consummate shapeshifter. He keeps a magical animate harp imprisoned, whom Mickey, Goofy, and Donald need to save.
* PaleFemalesDarkMales: Lulubelle's fur is a noticeably lighter color than that of Bongo or Lumpjaw.
* ParasolParachute: Jiminy Cricket does this.
* PorkyPigPronunciation: Willie just can't get the hang of saying "pistachio".
* ProductionForeshadowing: When Mickey and his friends find Willie's giant footprints, Charlie possibly does this by joking that Disney/{{Cinderella}} (whose movie premiered three years after this one did, and which was in fact in production at the time of this film's release) couldn't have made them.
* RealAfterAll: At the end Bergen has to tell Mortimer that Willie didn't die because he wasn't real to begin with, that he was just a figment of the imagination. And then Willie lifts the roof off their home looking for Mickey.
* RealMenWearPink: "You sure you don't want a pink bunny?"
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Willie's blue eyes flash red when he awakens from his sleep to discover Mickey and company making off with the harp.
** Two times during Donald's breakdowns.
* RedIsHeroic: Bongo wears a red vest.
* {{Redubbing}}: After the film's release, ''Mickey and the Beanstalk'' was aired on TV in several different versions with new narrators. One aired as part of an episode of ''The Wonderful World of Disney'', narrated by Professor Ludwig Von Drake (this received a standalone video release in 1988). Another was narrated by Disney legend Sterling Holloway, with a completely different script. In TheSeventies show ''The Mouse Factory'', Shari Lewis and her puppet Lamb Chop did the honors.
** When ''Bongo'' first aired on TV, the narration by Dinah Shore was replaced by that of Jiminy Cricket himself (this version, too, was released separately on video in the late '80s).
** Japan also had several dubs. One version has Rokuro Naya as Mickey; the other has Takashi Aoyagi, and both versions still have Yu Shimaka and Koichi Yamadera as Goofy and Donald, respectively.
* RogerRabbitEffect: The frame for the second story is in live action. Although Jiminy is so small and has such an insignificant role at this point, it's not really a big deal. But when Willie shows up at the end...
* SimpletonVoice: Both Mortimer and Willie.
* SlapSlapKiss: Literally in the case of the wild bears in ''Bongo'', who show that they like other bears by slapping them.
* SolidClouds: The giant's castle rests on a solid cloud.
* StockScream: One of, if not the, first uses of what is now known as the "Goofy Holler".
* StockSoundEffects: Wolf Howling
* StraightManAndWiseGuy: Edgar and Charlie, respectively, during the "Mickey and the Beanstalk" segment.
* TitleDrop: Jiminy's introductory song essentially names the set -- the name "Fun and Fancy Free" describes his happy-go-lucky view on life.
* TrickingTheShapeshifter: Subverted. Mickey tries to get Willie to turn into a fly so that he can kill him with a fly swatter. Unfortunately, Willie wants to turn into a bunny rabbit, and does so instead. And when he sees Mickey, Donald and Goofy holding the swatter, he gets wise to their scheme and captures them.
* TriumphantReprise: "My, What A Happy Day" reprises grandly as the three adventurers discover the Giant's banquet.
* VillainSong: "Fee Fi Fo Fum."