My husband and I are on a quest to watch all the Disney animated classics in order. We finally got to Fun & Fancy Free. This is a fun movie narrated by Jiminy Cricket and features two short stories.
The first story is about a bear named Bongo. Bongo is a circus bear who dreams of being free. He finally breaks out of his cage in the circus train. The short story is about how he settles down and learns about how to be a “real” bear in the wild. The best part is when he falls in love and learns how bears proclaim their love. It is so adorable! The illustrations are done nicely and the story moves along at a great pace. None of the songs are over done or lose my attention. I had a hard time staying focused on Melody Time.
The second story is done in part animation, part live action. The live action part has puppets in it as well. Jiminy Cricket crashes a party where stories are being told. He munches on some cakes and listen to the story about Happy Village. The story stars Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy. They are playing the parts of Jack & the Beanstalk. I loved the scene where the bean stalk grows while Mickey Mouse and the others are sleeping. Willie the giant is lovable and you almost want to root for him too.
Both of these short stories make the film fun and grab your attention. I think children would love these stories. The music is not the most lively all the time but the animation and story lines make up for the lack of current musical appeal. The music is well done though and quite popular at its’ time.