Series Intro: Here's Part 9 of this multi-part retrospective of Walt Disney Animation Studios' endeavors. They'll mostly be in release date order, save for those that aren't available on DVD at Netflix. (Numbers will be skipped to note missing movies)
Some background info (compiled from Wikipedia and imdb and my own knowledge of the movie).
Official Title: Fun and Fancy Free
Release: September 27, 1947
Running Time: 73 minutes
Estimated Cost: none available (Like many of the shorts)
Estimated Revenue: n/a
Overall Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Series of two shorts, loosely connected by Jiminy Cricket (from Pinocchio.
Bongo is about this circus bear that escapes the circus and finds himself trying to be a wild bear and is completely bad at it. He falls in love with a wild girl bear, but because he doesn't understand the courting rituals of bears, he almost looses her. Until, finally he learns more about being a bear and they get together.
Mickey and the Beanstalk is a standard Jack story with Donald, Goofy and Mickey all playing "Jack." Not much here that you don't know already. This bit was also bookended with live action sequences starring some famous ventriloquist of the time.
Honestly, there were songs, but I can't remember any!
Plot Rating: 2 stars out of 5
I'm tired of commenting on the lack of through lines in these shorts. But, here it is again. Bongo had nothing to do Beanstalk... god, how much longer am I going to be watching these "package films"
Animation Rating: 2 out of 5
Bongo felt too cartoony and Mickey was too dark.
The Test of Time:
None. This series of shorts still should stay in the vault.
Melody Time (god another packaged film!)