Thoughts on Fun and Fancy Free

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The next in the series of “package films” from the 1940’s, this one features two shorts: Bongo, about a bear who runs away from the circus, and Mickey and the Beanstalk, a sort of re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Highlights:  Mickey and the Beanstalk is a cute, fun film with lots of little gags and funny bits thrown in.  It features three of our favorite characters: Mickey, Donald, and Goofy.  The giant is more humorous than scary and all in all it’s an enjoyable little short.

Low points:  Bongo.  Oh my gosh, I’m sorry if anyone out there likes it (there must be fans), but it was just awful.  It had very little plot and went on for way too long.  The first half of the film is basically just Bongo exploring the wild and it takes forever.  Then he falls in love and there’s a really long, excessive song about it.  The ending is okay but it does not make up for the rest of it.  Also, during Mickey and the Beanstalk there is some really weird stuff going on with the narration and some ventriloquist dummies, which honestly freak me out.  Luckily they’ve released a better version of Mickey and the Beanstalk that is narrated by Ludwig von Drake, rather than these weird ventriloquist dummies.

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