Fun & Fancy Free Reviews
Jiminy Cricket tells two short stories in this film. The first is about a bear that escapes from the circus and wants to try and survive in the wild on his own. As he looks to make a new home, he also meets a girl who could be the love of his life...if it wasn't for her nasty boyfriend. The second story is about a group of poor friends that reside in a shack and have to trade their last cow for food; instead of food, they obtain magic beans. They throw the beans out in an argument and a beanstalk grows leading to a magic kingdom. Will the friend's luck change?
"She knows the giant's weakness."
"She could be my weakness."
Seven magnificent classic Disney directors collaborate to delivers this gem. The storylines in this picture are very well done, thought out, illustrated, and executed. The musical scores are also brilliant and the plots are fun to watch unfold. The voices fit the characters perfectly.
"They're certainly out of the high rent district."
My daughter received this picture as part of a three film Disney classic blu ray collection. This was a very well done animated feature that had my daughter giggling all the way through. She was genuinely excited and loved every minute of this film. This is an underrated gem that is worth having in your collection.
"Bears like to say it with a slap."
TV audiences would probably know each tale better separately as they played often enough without the complete cricket wraparound but together this film forms yet another decent group of shorts from an era when Disney was a master of them. Mickey and the Beanstalk especially is quite memorable not only due to the selection of main characters but because of the well known children's tale.
Whether taken in pieces or as a whole, Fun and Fancy Free is an enjoyable animated piece of Disney history.