Fun and Fancy Free

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Fun and Fancy Free
Directed by
Produced by Walt Disney
Story by
Narrated by
Music by
Editing by Jack Bachom
Studio Walt Disney Productions
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Release date(s) September 27, 1947 (1947-09-27)
Running time 73 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Money made $2.4 million (US rentals)[1]

Fun and Fancy Free is a 1947 American animated musical buddy comedy movie. It was produced by Walt Disney. It was released on September 27, 1947 by RKO Radio Pictures. It is the 9th movie in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series and the fourth of the "package movies" (feature-length compilations of shorter segments) the studio produced in the 1940s in order to save money during World War II. The movie features two stories. The first story, Bongo, is hosted by Jiminy Cricket and narrated by Dinah Shore. Based on the tale "Little Bear Bongo" by Sinclair Lewis, Bongo tells the story of a circus bear cub named Bongo who longs for freedom from captivity. Bongo escapes the circus and eventually forms a romantic relationship with a female bear cub named Lulubelle in the wild, realizing that he must prove himself in order to earn Lulubelle as his mate. The second story, Mickey and the Beanstalk, is hosted by Edgar Bergen and is a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk featuring Mickey, Donald, and Goofy as three pheasants who discover the temperamental Willie the Giant's castle in the sky through the use of some magic beans. They must battle the greedy but lovable giant in order to restore peace to their valley. Mickey and the Beanstalk was the last time Walt Disney voiced Mickey Mouse, because he was too busy on other projects to continue voicing the famous character. Disney replaced himself with sound effects artist Jimmy MacDonald.

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Release and reception[change | change source]

The movie was released on September 27, 1947. It enjoyed fairly decent reception. The Disney package movies of the late 1940s helped finance Cinderella, and subsequent others, such as Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.

Worldwide release dates[change | change source]

Title in other languages[change | change source]

  • Dutch: Vrij en Vrolijk, the video of only Mickey and the beanstalk is called Mickey en de bonenstaak
  • Finnish: Pennitön ja Suruton
  • French: Coquin de Printemps
  • German: Fröhlich, Frei, Spaß dabei
  • Italian: Bongo e i Tre Avventurrieri
  • Portuguese: Como É Bom Se Divertir
  • Spanish: Las Aventuras de Bongo y Mickey y las Judías Mágicas (Spain); Diversion y Fantasia (Latin America)
  • Swedish: Pank och fågelfri (also known as Bongo och Musse och bönstjälken)

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