Opened: September 27, 1947
Directed by: Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts, Hamilton Luske & William Morgan
Starring: Edgar Bergen, Luana Patten, Dinah Shore, Cliff Edwards, Walt Disney, Clarence Nash, Pinto Colvig, Billy Gilbert, The King’s Men & Anita Gordon
As Disney’s fourth animated package film and ninth animated film overall, Fun and Fancy Free brings two stories to life: Bongo and Mickey and the Beanstalk.
Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards) serves as the character bridging the two stories and first finds a record of Dinah Shore narrating the story of Bongo, a circus bear who follows the call of the wild. Edgar Bergen tells the story of Mickey and the Beanstalk to Luana Patten, Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd.
Unfortunately, Bongo doesn’t hold up well with animal cruelty at the start and an abusive relationship at the end. It’s not great for kids seeing love portrayed as slapping your partner.
However, the second film is a timeless classic based on Jack and the Beanstalk. It’s the last time the Walt Disney voices Mickey Mouse himself.
Final say: Half is good. ★★★☆☆