A combined live-action and animated film. Five short animated stories totaling about 40 minutes wrapped around a tour of the Walt Disney Studios. The first third of the movie is in Black & White, and switches to Technicolor when Benchley goes to the camera department.
Shorts include: "Casey, Jr.", "Old MacDonald Duck", "Baby Weems", "How to Ride a Horse" and "The Reluctant Dragon".
Released in the middle of the Disney animators' strike of 1941. Strikers picketed the film's premiere with signs that attacked Disney for unfair business practices, low pay, lack of recognition, and favoritism.
The Reluctant Dragon Production Information
Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.
Alternate Titles: "Behind the Scenes at Walt Disney Studios" and "A Day at Disneys (Television)."
- Jun 20, 1941- US Theatrical Release
- 1987- VHS "Reluctant Dragon" segment
- Dec 3, 2002- DVD Release as Walt Disney Treasures: Behind the Scenes at the Disney Studio
- 2004- UK Release, "Reluctant Dragon" segment
- 2007- Disney Movie Club exclusive DVD
- May 19, 2009-
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