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The Reluctant Dragon

Alternate Title: Behind the Scenes at Walt Disney Studios

The Reluctant Dragon (Behind the Scenes at Walt Disney Studios , A Day at Disneys) (1941) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film The Reluctant Dragon

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  • Feature Length Animated Film
  • Distributed by: RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
  • Cartoon Characters: Casey, Jr. ("Casey, Jr.")
    Donald Duck, Clementine Cow ("Old MacDonald Duck")
    Baby Weems, John, Mrs. Weems, Albert Einstein, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George Bernard Shaw, Salvador Dali ("Baby Weems")
    Goofy ("How to Ride a Horse")
    Percy, The Reluctant Dragon, Sir Giles ("The Reluctant Dragon").
    Characters, Live Action: Robert Benchley, Mrs. Benchley, Humphrey, Doris, Ward Kimball, Fred Moore, Norman Ferguson, Clarence Nash, Florence Gill, Walt Disney.
  • Originally Released in 1941.
  • Black & White, TechniColor
  • Running Time: 72 minutes.
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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The Reluctant Dragon

Posted: March 30, 2003

The film certainly does not Drag On!

This gem is not yet available on DVD in the UK, so I've had to ship over an American import on the BEHIND THE SCENES DISNEY TREASURES Tin DVD Set. It is well worth your time and money.

Whilst I'm not convinced this was how Walt Disney made his movies (surely the voices are recorded BEFORE the drawings are done), it nevertheless remains an entertaining tour of the studios.

Granted the treatment of women may border on the sexist, but this film is a product of it's time and it is a credit to Disney DVD that the film remains unedited (why the same coutesy couldn't have been extended to the DVD issues of Melody Time and Make Mine Music, I've no idea)!

The highlight of the film is, of course, the Baby Weems section. I wonder who stroyboarded this storyboard style of telling the tale though?

The Reluctant Dragon cartoon is also a delight. Perfectly inoffensive and wonderfully witty - especially the character of the British Knight (ah, if only us Brits really did drink tea and eat cake all day - life would be wonderful).

This DVD is a limited edition, so get it while you can (I'm now holding my breath in anticipation for a release of Victory Through Air Power on the TREASURES range of DVD (although I doubt it'll ever happen)).

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The Reluctant Dragon

Posted: June 20, 2002

The first film made of shorts

Good film! I enjoyed it.

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