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Reviews Comments: Surprisingly subpar Fun And Fancy Free film/book review by yumny

This was very clearly made in a time of economical despair for Disney. This movie comprises two separate animated segments - "Bongo" and "Mickey and the Beanstalk", both originally intended to be full-fledged features but cut short due to restraints on money, resources and time. The music in both segments is increasingly average and forgettable. The "Bongo" segment is lightly enjoyable, but poorly animated compared to Disney's usual standards. To top it all off, it's pacing is mind-bogglingly dreadful (it drags on forever). Before we get to the next segment, there is an eerily strange live-action bit in which a ventriloquist who was popular in the 1940s ties the stories together with the help of a little girl and two of his (creepy) dolls. The movie proceeds into "Mickey and the Beanstalk", which is not all together terrible, but certainly not the brightest moment of Mickey, Donald and Goofy. Neither of these three is really used to their full potential, save for some slapstick here and there. Annoyingly enough, the ventriloquist, his dolls and the little girl keep commenting on the animated segment off screen. To say this really destroys whatever fun there may have been in the segment is putting it mildly. The "commentary" is incredibly annoying.

In the end, though in a historical perspective "Fun and Fancy Free" could gain our respect, I feel that its one of Walt Disney's lesser efforts, and certainly the weakest animated Disney movie of the 1940s. Go see it if you want to say you've "seen them all" - otherwise, there's little "fun" to be found, and you'll mostly get the feeling you're watching something that was thrown together and launched into cinemas as a desperate attempt to get some money during the tough wartime.


  • Wackd
  • 1st Dec 12
...Did you just diss Edgar Bergen?
  • yumny
  • 26th Dec 12
Hey, him being terrible in this movie is hardly his fault. He was doing a fine job, but the man was out of place. I still think his dolls are creepy though.
  • taylorkerekes
  • 13th Apr 13
Edgar Bergen is a ventriloquist. What do you expect? Anyhow, Fun & Fancy Free isn't really all that bad in my opinion. Yeah, I know it may seem slightly dated, but it's still worth a watch. It's rather hard to decide which one of its two segments is the better one, but lately, I've been leaning more on "Bongo", probably because I love cartoon romance. I wouldn't call Fun & Fancy Free the weakest, but it does have its flaws, I'll give it that. Still and all, I think it's mildly entertaining and definitely worth a watch. On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd give it a... 6 1/2.
  • doctrainAUM
  • 13th Apr 13
When I first saw the Bergen version of Mickey and the Beanstalk, I thought the commentary was the best part. It's still one of the weaker Walt Disney movies, though.

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