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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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Walt Disney Studios Robert Benchley, Frances Gifford, Buddy Pepper, Nana Bryant, Florence Gill, Clarence Nash, Alan Ladd, Norman Ferguson, Ward Kimball; Full Voice Cast Full Voice Cast.. Hamilton Luske, Ford Beebe, Jim Handley, Verity Erwin, Alfred L. Werker, Jasper Blystone; more Directors More Directors.. Walt Disney , , , , , , , , , , ; more Writers More Writers.. Paul Weatherwax Frank Churchill, Larry Morey, Charles Wolcott
  • 1941
  • Walt Disney Studios
  • RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
  • Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film
  • 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.
  • Vocal Talent: Robert Benchley (Himself), Frances Gifford (Doris), Buddy Pepper (Studio Guide), Nana Bryant (Mrs. Benchley), Florence Gill (Herself), Clarence Nash (Himself, Donald Duck), Alan Ladd (Animator), Norman Ferguson (Himself), Ward Kimball (Himself), Fred Moore (Himself), Jimmy Luske (Baby Weems Model), Frank Churchill (Himself), Walt Disney (Himself), Lester Dorr (Slim), Frank Faylen (Orchestra Leader), Henry Hall (Studio Policeman), Verna Hillie (Sculptor, uncredited), Truman Woodworth, Hamilton MacFadden, Maurice Murphy, Jeff Corey, John Dehner (uncredited).
    "The Reluctant Dragon" Segment: Claud Allister (Sir Giles), Barnett Parker (Dragon), Billy Lee (Boy) Val Stanton (Courier), J. Donald Wilson (Narrator).
    "Baby Weems" Segment: Leone Le Doux (Baby Weems), Raymond Severn (Baby Weems), Eddie Marr (Walter Winchell), Gerald Mohr (Studio Guard, Narrator), Ernie Alexander (Baby Weems' Father), Linda Marwood (Baby Weems' Mother), Art Gilmore (Franklin D. Roosevelt).
    "How To Ride a Horse" Segment: Pinto Colvig (Goofy, uncredited), John McLeish (Narrator).
  • Directed By Hamilton Luske (as Hamilton S. Luske).
    Assistant Directors: Ford Beebe, Jim Handley, Verity Erwin.
    Live Action Director: Alfred L. Werker.
    Assistant Director: Jasper Blystone.
  • Produced By Walt Disney.
  • Animated By Ward Kimball, Fred Moore, Milt Neil, Wolfgang Reitherman, Walt Kelly, Jack Campbell, Claude Smith, Harvey Toombs, Bud Smith.
    Effects Animations: Joshua L. Meador.
  • Written By Ted Sears, Al Perkins, Larry Clemmons, William Cottrell (as Bill Cottrell), Harry Clork.
    Additional Dialogue: Robert Benchley.
    Story, The Reluctant Dragon: Erdman Penner, T. Hee.
    Story, Baby Weems: Joe Grant, Dick Huemer, John P. Miller.
    Novel: Kenneth Grahame.
  • Edited By Paul Weatherwax.

Additional Crew:



  • Art Direction: Gordon Wiles.
  • Cartoon Art Direction: Ken Anderson, Hugh Hennesy, Chas Philippi.
  • Backgrounds: Ray Huffine, Arthur Riley.
  • Set Decoration: Earl Woodin.
  • Production Manager: Earl Rettig.
  • Sound Recordist: Frank Maher.
  • Special Proocesses: Ub Iwerks.
  • Title Sequence Caricatures: T. Hee.
  • Cinematography (B&W): Bert Glennon.
  • Cinematography (Technicolor): Winton Hoch.
  • Technicolor Color Consultant: Natalie Kalmus.
  • Sound: Sonovox.

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Robert Benchley is at the new Walt Disney Studios, there to pitch a story idea for an animated version of The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame. As he is...  (more)

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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.

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Good film! I enjoyed it.

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