the nineth animated feature movie in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series. The movie has two different sections (both were being produced independently as full length features, but when wartime shortages lost the studio resources, time and animators, Walt Disney made the decision to combine the two): Bongo - the story of a very funny circus bear cub (based on an original story by Sinclair Lewis) - and Mickey and the Beanstalk - an adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy as peasants who discover temperamental Willie the Giant's castle in the sky through the use of some magic beans. It was the last time Walt Disney played Mickey Mouse due to his belief that he was too busy to continue doing it and Jimmy MacDonald had to do some of the last remaining voicework.
An animated musical love story sung by Dinah Shore about a circus bear named Bongo, a little girl bear and a big, burly, brown bear who wanted to be her boyfriend.
Directed by Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, William Morgan; story byWriting creditsHomer Brightman,Harry Reeves,Ted Sears,Lance Nolley,Eldon Dedini,Tom Oreb; music by Eliot Daniel, Paul Smith, Oliver Wallace; film editing by Jack Bachom; animation by Art Babbitt, Jack Campbell, Les Clark, Claude Coats, Don DaGradi, Marc Davis, Phil Duncan, Hugh Fraser, John Hench, Hugh Hennesy, Ray Huffine, Ralph Hulett, Ward Kimball, Hal King, John Lounsbery, Brice Mack, Fred Moore, Ken O'Brien, Kendall O'Connor, Wolfgang Reitherman, Art Riley, Glenn Scott, John Sibley, Ed Starr, Harvey Toombs, Judge Whitaker, Al Zinnen.
Cast as voice
Edgar Bergen (himself, Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd), Luana Patten (herself), Cliff Edwards (Jiminy Cricket), Walt Disney (Mickey Mouse), Clarence Nash (Donald Duck), Pinto Colvig (Goofy), Billy Gilbert (Willie the Giant), Anita Gordon (singing harp), Dinah Shore (singer, narrator of Bongo.
This is one of the first Disney films to list the voice credits for the animated characters, and the first to actually list Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and Goofy as if they were actors in a live-action film.
Narrator: This is the story of three bears. Jiminy Cricket: Yeah, I know. The mama bear, the papa bear, and the itsy-bitsy baby bear. Narrator: Oh, but it's not the story you expect. Naturally, you'd think he'd be handled with kid gloves, treated like a king, and pampered like a baby.