YMMV / Fun and Fancy Free


  • Adaptation Displacement: Averted for Mickey and the Beanstalk, as the non-Disney version of the fairy tale is still pretty ubiquitous in American childhoods (not to mention being one of the few popular fairy tales Disney hasn't adapted into a feature-length film). Played straight for Bongo - it's already obscure by Disney standards, but pretty much no one knows about the original short story penned by Sinclair Lewis.
  • Ear Worm:
    Willie the giant:: "Fe, fi, fo, fum! He, hi, ho, hum! I'm a most amazing guy! A most amazing guy am I!"
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Iron Woobie: Subverted in "Mickey and the Beanstalk", where Edgar Bergen builds Donald up to be this, only for the latter to snap at him and undergo a nervous breakdown.
    Edgar Bergen: Just look at that miserable creature. Doggedly struggling to maintain life. A gaunt, lean bag of bones and feathers. Truly a picture of despair. But Donald doesn't whimper. Donald doesn't give up.
    Donald Duck: Shut up! I can't stand it!
  • Nightmare Fuel: Donald Duck's hunger-induced nervous breakdown in Mickey and the Beanstalk.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Varying views:
    • To some, aside from Mickey and The Beanstalk, none of the cartoons or scenes stand out too much.
    • Others instead find Mickey and the Beanstalk to be too slow for its own good and say it is this trope, while instead praising Bongo.
  • Special Effects Failure: Let's just say that Edgar Bergen's ventriloquist talents aren't particular convincing to most modern viewers.
  • Tear Jerker: In universe. Willie the Giant's apparent death, or at least for the soft-hearted dummy Mortimer Snerd.
    • The circumstances that led to Donald's breakdown; being reduced to having paper thin slices of bread with a single sliced bean, it's understandable why he just snapped.
  • Values Dissonance: Edgar Bergen is throwing a small birthday party for a young Luana Patten. A modern viewer would probably find something quite odd about this little arrangement. May potentially be explainable by how he is a friend of her family and is watching her while her parents are out.
    • It can be kind of disturbing for modern audiences to watch the "Bears Like to Say it With a Slap" scene, as the idea of 'saying you love someone by hitting them' sounds eerily like a case of Domestic Abuse.

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