The Reluctant Dragon

The Reluctant Dragon
The Reluctant Dragon
  • G
  • 1h 13m
  • 1941
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Our tour guide is on his way to see Walt Disney to present a movie idea called THE RELUCTANT DRAGON. As he stumbles through the maze of the backlot, we discover how a cartoon is created through art, sound, and color. Along the way, we meet Donald, Pluto, Goofy, and other Disney favorites, witness the birth of "Baby Weems," a brilliantly funny animated work-in-progress, and enjoy the complete animated short "The Reluctant Dragon."

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Common Sense Says
Excellent glimpse into how animation was made in the '40s.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Reluctant Dragon is a delightful "behind-the scenes" look from 1941 at how Disney's animated features were made back then. The only thing for parents to even remotely be concerned about is that people are shown smoking cigarettes, which was accurate for the time period. Other than that, this movie offers a fascinating glimpse into all the different aspects that went into every facet of an animated film, from the sketches to the animation itself, from the sound effects to the characters' voices. For parents and children interested in animation, this is the perfect movie to see how animated films were made decades before computers got involved.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Documentary
  • Release Date:June 20, 1941
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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