Fun and Fancy Free (Disney Gold Classic Collection)
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This DVD contains the theatrical version, where the animation is interspersed with live-action footage of people at a party, who are "telling" the story. This also means the wonderfully soothing TV-version narration (provided by Sterling Halloway, also voice of Pooh) is gone. The end result is that the cartoon drags on unnecessarily as the action is constantly interrupted by the live-action segments. Additionally, the live actors tend to get a bit chatty with their narration, and some of the humor they try to inject hasn't aged well. With the capacity of the DVD medium, why couldn't the TV version be tacked on as an extra?
Still worth owning (the beautiful animation and music can't be derailed even by the mediocre live action footage)--but be warned.
The First short in the movie is the story of Bongo, a circus bear. Unless you are steeped in Disney knowledge, chances are you've never heard of this little bear, but it's very well animated and narrated.
The second short is Mickey and the Beanstalk. This has all the stars like Mickey, Goofy, and Donald. The story is told by Edgar Bergen, something Disney would do again later with Roy Rogers introducing Pecos Bill in Melody Time.
Another interesting note about this short is that Walt Disney himself was the voice of Mickey Mouse. He had been the voice many times before, but this would be the last time he would be the voice of the Mouse. That alone makes it noteworthy.
Overall it's a Disney Gold! watch it and relax!
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My son keeps this movie on repeat! All the stories keep the little ones attention! Highly recommend for your Mickey loving child!Published 6 days ago by Bethany Ross
As a Disney fan, I love that these early films are, at long last, getting an HD treatment.
This review is for the stand-alone HD version of FUN AND FANCY FREE, which I... Read more
Not worthy of Disney! The Bongo sequence is offensive. It celebrates male bears slapping female bears to show love! This violence should be disclosed in the item description. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Cindy
Two animated short subjects slapped together for the sake of making money after World War II. Package films like this helped Disney earn enough money to begin making feature... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Einsatz
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