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

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

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

Source Material of Pinocchio

23rd February, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Source Material of Pinocchio

Pinocchio was adapted from Carlo Collodi’s book. Originally Collodi was writing an allegory of a more serious note. This creates one of the most drastic differences between the original and the Disney film, for Pinocchio was much more mischievous in Collodi’s story, whereas he is simply ignorant (and innocent) in the Disney version. For example, […] Read More

Pinocchio’s Significance

22nd February, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on Pinocchio’s Significance

I suspect that Pinocchio’s original significance lay in its animation techniques. In an environment where animated feature films were a novelty, every improvement was revolutionary. Its existence at all was significant. And while not originally the financial success that Snow White was, Pinocchio was received well critically. In a 26 February 1940 article in Time […] Read More

What’s in a Name? – Pinocchio

21st February, 2011 - Posted by DisAnim - Comments Off on What’s in a Name? – Pinocchio

Pinocchio, having an Italian setting, includes lots of characters with Italian-related names. For example, Pinocchio means “pine wood.” It doesn’t sound as appealing, but you must admit it is quite practical. Monstro is also like this—just a foreign word for monster. Most of the characters, such as the fox, didn’t have a name in the […] Read More