- Adaptation Displacement: Bongo is already obscure by Disney standards, but pretty much no one knows about the original short story penned by Sinclair Lewis.
- Fridge Brilliance: Why do Goofy's pants keep falling down? He's been losing weight from starvation, so of course they wouldn't fit as well as they used to.
- He Really Can Act: Donald Duck's hunger induced Sanity Slippage resulting in him trying to kill the cow shows that Clarence Nash could really make him sound frightening when the situation called for it.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- Okay, picture this: Bongo, a bear who escaped from the circus to live free in the wild. Fast-foward many years later...
- Two talking puppets and a human watching and commenting on a movie.
- "Who could have made such footprints?" "Well, it wasn't Cinderella!" Cinderella wouldn't be released until three years later, although it was in production at the time.
- This wouldn't be the last time Mickey has a key that's as big as him.
- 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!
- Just Here for Godzilla: Dinah Shore fans might want to check out Bongo solely to hear her voice.
- Signature Scene: Donald's breakdown from Mickey and the Beanstalk is the most talked about scene from this movie, and is arguably one of the most infamous sequences in the entire Disney Animated Canon.
- 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 particularly convincing to most modern viewers. Even at the time he was well aware that his lips visibly moved and made up for it with his witty writing for his puppets, including having Charlie point this out. Just notice how his biggest success was on the radio.
- Tear Jerker:
- 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.Donald: I just gotta eat! I'm so hungry!
- Unintentional Period Piece: Animated segments aside, this movie is clearly a period piece for The '40s. Notable in the use of the Hollywood lights, record players, the presence of the Brown Derby restaurant in the end (closed in 1980), the line "All the world is gay!", and stars who were relevant over radio and in The '40s.
- Values Dissonance:
- The golden harp sings "All the world is gay!" which many a YouTube comment and modern viewers snickered at.
- Some might interpret the idea of Bergen having a small and private birthday party for Luanna Patten as a little strange - but intergenerational friendships were of a different nature around the time the film was produced.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: The animated Jiminy Cricket drinking a very real cocktail glass through a straw. And this was decades before Who Framed Roger Rabbit, too!
YMMV / Fun and Fancy Free