Disney in the 1940s: Fun and Fancy Free (1947)

Mickey and the Beanstalk

An updated version of this post about Fun and Fancy Free has moved to The Tomorrow Society, my blog and podcast that focus on Disney and the world of theme parks. You can locate my article on this 1947 package film from Disney at this location.


  1. The Disney marketing team brilliantly released these package films as separate stand alone video segments with edited introductions. Each tape ran from twenty to thirty-five minutes and since it was all that was on that tape, kids did not get bored waiting for another story. So Bongo, The Reluctant Dragon, Mickey and the Beanstalk and the others were all individual products, much more digestible, although dismissive of the history of the production.

    1. I remember seeing Mickey and the Beanstalk that way when I was a kid. I'm surprised they even bothered with Bongo, though I guess there was still a market for anything they did. It's nice to see the feature like it was originally presented, even with the thin connections between the segments.


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