This little classic spends just short of an hour touring the Disney Studios in the company of Robert Benchley, the humorist who acts like a big kid in a candy store (and is thus the perfect guide for something like this). We see how the cartoons are made, moving from the recording studio - where the real-life voices of Donald Duck and Clara Cluck sing an aria - through to clay models of the characters to be animated - the sound effects dept. (we see the full Casey Junior sequence, some of which ended up in 1941's 'Dumbo') - the scenario department (we see a whole cartoon - Baby Weems - in storyboard format) - the animation department (we see a cartoon feature on riding a horse, and see Donald Duck showing us how he walks) - and much more. There's also a neat segue from black and white to Technicolor. 'The Reluctant Dragon' is a book which Benchley hopes to pitch to Disney, only to find the film has already been made; the last 20 minutes of this feature is the cartoon about the (rather camp) dragon, and a classic bit of Disney work. The whole movie is engrossing and a fantastic overview of the state-of-the-art work being done by the Disney Studios at the beginning of the 40s.
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The Reluctant Dragon (1941)
The Reluctant Dragon is a movie starring Robert Benchley, Frances Gifford, and Buddy Pepper. Humorist Robert Benchley learns about the animation process at Walt Disney Studios while trying to find the great man himself to pitch him...
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Humorist Robert Benchley attempts to find Walt Disney to ask him to adapt a short story about a gentle dragon who would rather recite poetry than be ferocious. Along the way, he is given a tour of Walt Disney Studios, and learns about the animation process.
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eye-popping look at the Disney processReviewed bydidi-5Vote: 5/10
While not necessarily a childhood favourite, The Reluctant Dragon is very sweet and engrossing as well as easy to like. The animation is lovely, very colourful and nice to look at, fairly simplistic in its construction but very nice all the same. The music is very pleasant, very playful and sweet. I really liked the characters here, the reluctant dragon himself is very lovable, and I admit I mistook his voice actor for Ed Wynn when I first saw this. And the little boy's voice reminds me of the voice of Pinnocchio in the Disney film of the same name. Sir Gyles, despite not being in it very much, is a good character. The poetry is great too; the script isn't the best in the world, but all the same it is a sweet and thoroughly enjoyable mini-classic. 9/10 Bethany Cox
"The Reluctant Dragon" is one of the most fascinating "one off", genre-bending children's films ever made. The historical aspect of the film, giving as it does, an insight into the 1940s Disney studio empire, sets it apart, with the actual appearance of Walt Disney himself really topping it off. The colour sequences are a (deliberately) totally stunning example of the Technicolor process.
I've seen it several times, normally with my young children as an early "rite of passage". This time, however, I'm digging it out to show my film students, who are looking at CGI. Not all things filmic change, as a side by side comparison of this film with "The Making of Ice Age" can verify, for instance. Maybe I'll make some more in-depth comments once I've seen the film again.
Meanwhile, all I have to do is actually locate my video copy of the film... lurking not too reluctantly, I hope, in the storage space under my stairs...
- Two years later, and I have finally located my VHS copy of this film! Now to watch it with my 8 year old son, and then maybe I'll add some insight from his perspective here in this review! If you found this 'mini-review' helpful, then please checkout my full length IMDb reviews, written for post-viewing discussion with live audiences. This postscript added 21st June 2006.