FUN AND FANCY FREE, Walt Disney's 9th full-length animated masterpiece, is a delightful gem that not only sparkles with charm, but is unbelievably rich in history-making Disney moments. It was the last animated feature sta... more »rring Walt Disney as the voice of Mickey Mouse, and the only film featuring all four of Walt Disney's most famous characters -- Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, and Jiminy Cricket. Following Disney's classic tradition of great storytelling, unforgettable characters, music, and adventure, FUN AND FANCY FREE is the joyful telling of BONGO and MICKEY & THE BEANSTALK, two timeless tales magically brought to life by the beloved Jiminy Cricket and the masterful combination of animation and live action. And now, in celebration of its 50th anniversary, FUN AND FANCY FREE has been beautifully restored so a whole new generation can experience the magic of Walt Disney's original theatrical vision -- for the very first time! One of Disney's happiest films ever, FUN AND FANCY FREE makes a valuable addition to your Disney video collection.« less
Sally H. from PLATTEVILLE, WI Reviewed on 1/10/2013...
I watched this movie collection when I was a small child (actually all throughout my childhood) and I still love it very much. It is dear to my heart and really my favorite Disney "movie" (it's really a collection with two short films, Bongo and Micky and the Beanstalk, and a story line inter-dispersed throughout the film with cartoon Jiminy Cricket, real people, and ventriloquist's dummies [manned by the legendary Ventriloquist Edgar Bergen] with music by Dinah Shore. A real delight, would recommend to literally everyone!
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Kathleen B. (KBrennan805) from CALDWELL, NJ Reviewed on 8/4/2008...
There is a puppet (marionette?) that interrupts a few times throughout the story. He freaked me out a little bit, so I never watched the dvd again.
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Might not be the version you remember...
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If like a lot of people you first saw "Mickey & the Beanstalk" not in theaters but on television (usually preceding a feature, like "Dumbo") you are in for a bit of a surprise. This DVD contains the theatrical version, where the animation is interspersed with live-action footage of people at a party, who are "telling" the story. This also means the wonderfully soothing TV-version narration (provided by Sterling Halloway, also voice of Pooh) is gone. The end result is that the cartoon drags on unnecessarily as the action is constantly interrupted by the live-action segments. Additionally, the live actors tend to get a bit chatty with their narration, and some of the humor they try to inject hasn't aged well. With the capacity of the DVD medium, why couldn't the TV version be tacked on as an extra? Still worth owning (the beautiful animation and music can't be derailed even by the mediocre live action footage)--but be warned."
Only the best movie that I have ever seen
Fishbroomz | Pineapple, Rhode Island USA | 12/09/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, I have been reading the other reviews on this movie, and they all say things like "went on for too long"..."Way overhyped"...and things like that. I beg to differ. The two movies in this wonderful DVD, Bongo and Mickey and the Beanstalk, are two family classics. As a child, I watched these two movies (on VHS, of course) over and over and over again. Willy the Giant characterizes my childhood in three words..."Potroast! Chocolate potroast!" And now, I know for a fact that my two little brothers have memorized the whole movie of Mickey and the Beanstalk. I don't want to ramble on forever, but I just want to say that these two are the best movies that I have ever seen, and I have seen a lot of movies."
One of Disney's most under-rated classics.
toonstuff | 09/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Actually, unknown might be a better word to use. This movie is rollicking fun from beginning to end, and features some wonderful animated moments. This is the original home of the featurettes "Mickey and the Beanstalk" and "Bongo", which are presented in their entirety. If you're looking for something a little different... an alternative to the animated Broadway musical... this is it. Highly recommended."
What's with the lame narration?
Jacob C. Shore | , USA | 04/09/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I loved Mickey and the Beanstalk as a kid. The version I recall had a pleasant narration. This edition is narrated and intercut with cheesy comedy relief from live actors and puppets. Its so annoying I couldn't even finish the cartoon. If you enjoyed cartoon only Mickey and the Beanstalk, find another version. This one will only frustrate you."
A great Clasic Masterpice for Mickey and friends Fans.
Alexander Gramlich | Mexico City | 06/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This movie release clasic, comes with two special segments as part of a complete movie. Mickey and the Beanstalk, were Walt Disney lended for the last time the voice of Mickey, and appears with his budies, Goofy and Donald. Everyone will love it, all do you may allready saw it. The second story is Bongo, witch I specialy have a lot of memories of my childhood. With some more shorts and music it mackes a lovable great movie for all."