Time Magazine’s Take on Fun and Fancy Free

27th May, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Time Magazine’s Take on Fun and Fancy Free

This post brought to you directly out of Time Magazine: “Good fun: the oafish, back-country bears who watch the Bongo triangle square itself. Top-drawer Disney: various dreamlike bits of flowing, beautifully planned motion (notably Bongo’s love-dream and the climax of his fight); the marvelously oily thrusting and gropings of the magical plant as it grows […] Read More

What Could Have Been in Fun and Fancy Free

25th May, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on What Could Have Been in Fun and Fancy Free

There were several ideas for both segments of Fun and Fancy Free that didn’t make it into the final cut. One idea was to have Bongo be part of the same circus as Dumbo. And while Dumbo may not have made a specific appearance, several of the other characters would have – such as the […] Read More

Time and Place of Fun and Fancy Free

23rd May, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Time and Place of Fun and Fancy Free

Obviously the Jiminy Cricket portions of the story take place in modern day (1947 – when the movie was released) Hollywood. The Bongo segment is a bit difficult to place, but considering the fact that it’s about a circus and whatnot, the 1930’s seems appropriate. Since Sinclair Lewis published the original story in 1936, that […] Read More

Source Material of Fun and Fancy Free

20th May, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Fun and Fancy Free

When it mentioned in the credits that “Bongo” was based on a story by Sinclair Lewis, I thought that I was in store for a somber, social-injustice-type story. Instead, it was light-hearted and relatively carefree. I kept looking for symbolic implications (indeed – I found some), but ultimately I realized that the story is primarily […] Read More

Fun and Fancy Free’s Significance

18th May, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Fun and Fancy Free’s Significance

Fun and Fancy Free is not the typical acclaimed Disney film. But it did mark several important events. For example, Mickey and Donald had both seen appearances in feature films before (Fantasia and The Three Caballeros), but it was a first for Goofy. It also marked the return of Jiminy Cricket. Also, Fun and Fancy […] Read More

What’s in a Name? – Fun and Fancy Free

16th May, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on What’s in a Name? – Fun and Fancy Free

There’s not too much to say here. The name Fun and Fancy Free comes from the song “I’m a Happy-Go-Lucky Fellow.” The song was actually written for Pinocchio originally, but it was unused for that film. Most of the characters are pre-existing, so their names are not new for this movie. For example: Jiminy Cricket, […] Read More

Ten Things I Learned from Fun and Fancy Free

13th May, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Ten Things I Learned from Fun and Fancy Free

1. A good story can change the shape of inanimate objects such as a doll or teddy bear. 2. Having no beans is better than having three beans if you’re starving to death. 3. Just because you get a good slap on the face doesn’t mean that you’re in trouble – it might mean that […] Read More

My Take on Fun and Fancy Free

11th May, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on My Take on Fun and Fancy Free

Character I identify with: Bongo – Sometimes I feel like I can do anything. The next moment I feel like my skills are worthless. Element I wish would have been elaborated: What happens after Mickey and friends bring the harp back to Happy Valley. Views on the villain: The bear is a stereotypical bad-guy. Willy […] Read More

Review of Fun and Fancy Free

9th May, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Review of 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 […] Read More