Fun and Fancy Free (Disney Gold Classic Collection)
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FUN AND FANCY FREE, Walt Disney's 9th full-length animated masterpiece, is a delightful gem that not only sparkles with charm, but is unbelievably rich in history-making Disney moments. It was the last animated feature starring Walt Disney as the voice of Mickey Mouse, and the only film featuring all four of Walt Disney's most famous characters -- Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Jiminy Cricket. Following Disney's classic tradition of great storytelling, unforgettable characters, music, and adventure, FUN AND FANCY FREE is the joyful telling of BONGO and MICKEY & THE BEANSTALK, two timeless tales magically brought to life by the beloved Jiminy Cricket and the masterful combination of animation and live action. And now, in celebration of its 50th anniversary, FUN AND FANCY FREE has been beautifully restored so a whole new generation can experience the magic of Walt Disney's original theatrical vision -- for the very first time! One of Disney's happiest films ever, FUN AND FANCY FREE makes a valuable addition to your Disney video collection.|This film marked the debut of actor Jim Macdonald as the voice of Mickey Mouse -- Walt was too busy to do it himself.|Jiminy's opening song, "I'm A Happy Go Lucky Fellow" was originally written for PINOCCHIO.|It's the only film featuring all four of Walt Disney's most famous characters -- Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Jiminy Cricket.|Cliff Edwards, the voice of Jiminy Cricket, played a soldier in GONE WITH THE WIND -- he appears in a hospital scene with Olivia DeHaviland (Melanie Wilkes).
Top Customer Reviews
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son keeps this movie on repeat! All the stories keep the little ones attention! Highly recommend for your Mickey loving child!Published 2 months 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 4 months ago by Cindy
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