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. 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.
  • Disneyfication: A mild case for Bongo. The original story also features 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Iron Woobie: Subverted in "Mickey and the Beanstalk", where Edgar build 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.
  • 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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