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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Animated Feature #9: "Fun and Fancy Free"

The ninth feature length film released by Walt Disney Studios was 1947's Fun and Fancy Free. Another "package film", it was actually two featurettes tied together by live action footage of Edgar Bergen.

The film has two featurettes this time- Bongo, a tale about a lovable circus bear and Mickey and the Beanstalk a tale featuring Mickey, Donald and Goofy. This segment is notable because it builds on the idea began ten years before in the short Brave Little Tailor- that Mickey Mouse was an actor performing in a film. Previously, Mickey's adventures were his own; we were seeing his daily life. Now the studio was building on the idea that Mickey and friends could do anything separate of their "normal" personalities.

This "package film" often gets released on home video cut in pieces without any of the live action scenes intact. Seeing it uncut nowadays is often a rare treat.