Free Fun

Covid-19 Day 37

Fun and Fancy Free is a 1947 American animated musical fantasy package film produced by Walt Disney and released on September 27, 1947.

It is the ninth Disney animated feature film and the fourth of the package films the studio produced in the 1940s in order to save money during World War II.

The film is a compilation of two stories, the first of which, 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.

The second story, Mickey and the Beanstalk, is narrated by Edgar Bergen and is a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk featuring Mickey, Donald, and Goofy as three peasants who discover the temperamental Willie the Giant’s castle in the sky through the use of some magic beans.

With only two stories, there is more narrative to engage with here. And it’s still the classic Disney fun and mischief. The second, featuring Mickey, Donald and Goofy incorporates live action and more comedy. It also has a nice twisted ending.