In the past few weeks, I was able to watch two more movies on my journey to watch all the Disney animated movies in order, thanks to Disney+.
I watched Bambi and, once again, enjoyed seeing the full movie rather than the little clips that I have seen multiple times during the years. Wouldn’t it be nice if people listened to Thumper when he says “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all?”
I have been using an IMDB list as my guide and there are a few movies coming up that I have never seen before. I watched the first one yesterday – The Reluctant Dragon. I have seen the title before and even seen pictures of the dragon but I had no idea what it was about.
I was quite surprised to find that it is a real hidden treasure, especially for Disney fans. The premise is a gentleman has a story idea – The Reluctant Dragon – to pitch to Walt Disney to make a cartoon about. He goes to Disney Studios to find Mr. Disney and tell him the story idea. And, as I am sure would happen in real life, he is allowed onto the studio property without an appointment and will be given an opportunity to see Walt Disney.
As he makes his way around Disney Studios, he comes across all the different department areas for all the aspects that go into making an animated movie at that time. He sees demonstrations of voice recording, sound effects, animation, ink and paint and several others. In the course of his journey, you also see a storyboard for a cartoon and an Goofy short.
In the end, he gets to see Walt Disney who tells him that he has a new cartoon to show him… and it ends up being the Reluctant Dragon.
While I am familiar with the elements that went into animated movies at that time, it was very interesting to see them more in depth. Plus there are some Disney legends in there as well… Ward Kimball shows how animation is done and Clarence Nash, the original voice of Donald Duck, demonstrates how he makes Donald Duck’s voice recordings. I am sure some of the other people in the different departments are famous in Disney history as well, but these were the ones that I recognized.
I don’t know if I would really say this is an animated movie. There are a few full cartoons within it but it is more of a live action. However, I am glad that IMDB included it on its animated movie list so that I took the time to watch it.