Fun and Fancy Free is a 1947 American animated musical fantasy-comedy package film produced by Walt Disney and released on September 27, 1947 by RKO Radio Pictures. 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 Disney package films of the late 1940s helped finance Cinderella, and subsequent others, such as Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.
Why It Rocks
- Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Bongo and Jiminy Cricket are memorable characters.
- As its title implies, this movie tells people to not worry or let life bother them. In fact, the first song heard in the movie (besides the title song) is "I'm a Happy, Go-Lucky Fellow". The movie has other songs like that, such as "In My Favorite Dream", "My, What a Happy Day", and "Too Good to Be True".
- The jazzy main title theme is pure catchy.
- The animation and colors are beautiful, despite it being released over 70 years ago.
- It brought back the character from the movie Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket, for his encore performance.
- Years before the success of Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, it bring Jiminy Cricket to the real world.
- It also bring Willie the Giant to the real world at the end of this movie. Talk about surreal humor.
- At the behind the scene documentary for its VHS release, Minnie Mouse made her appearance in its deleted scene.
- As mentioned, the songs clearly are on the optimistic side, and they are all pleasant to listen to.
- The voice acting is well done just like the story and songs.
- Willie the giant is a very entertaining and funny villain.
- The movie does not have the best technology in some scenes, particularly the live-action parts.
- The "Say It with a Slap" scene, although funny, is kind of inappropriate for a family film. However, it could have been a G-rated way of showing how bears mate.
- The "Mickey and the Beanstalk" half of the film marked 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, who was also a voice actor in some other Disney movies, such as the mice in Cinderella and Evinrude the Dragonfly in The Rescuers.