Review of Fun and Fancy Free

9th May, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Review of Fun and Fancy Free

Disney Fun and Fancy Free

Fun and Fancy Free is exactly what the title purports it to be. It’s a very lighthearted piece, full of hilarious gags and asides (especially the “Mickey and the Beanstalk” segment). Both segments were intended to be their own full-length movie but got thrown together as a package film instead. I think that the shortened time allowed both pieces to be more lighthearted, for better or worse. And it was nice to see Jiminy Cricket come back. His particularly carefree nature seems to be a bit in contrast with his parental concern with his appearance in Pinocchio, however.

I enjoyed the story of Bongo. It has a good lesson relating to the old “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence” philosophy. But ultimately, it is nice to see that the bear in the wild with his mate is better than “the bear in the gilded cage.” Hmm… there could be some philosophical implications drawn there with the current corporate landscape. I feel my literary analysis juices kicking in.

I also like the parallels with Bongo’s falling in love. Sometimes love really can be turning from a dream to a nightmare if things go wrong. And the whole “slapping” situation shows how confusing the rules of courtship can be – especially when there’s often no one to really explain such things.

My favorite part of this segment: the little quail getting spanked for not hurrying up.

“Mickey and the Beanstalk”

I had seen this before, but it had been a long time. It moves pretty quickly, but to me the comments from Edgar Bergen’s dummies are distracting and generally annoying (a few are funny, however). I felt like this movie was mostly a bunch of gags strung together in a story, which was okay. It was pretty hilarious at parts. But I did not like the absence of any sort of resolution with Happy Valley.

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