Imagine you’ve just seen Fantasia in theatres in the autumn of 1940. Whether you liked it or not, you can’t deny its medium-advancing creativity. Disney and the animated genre could go anywhere from here.
Seven months later, Disney releases its next feature, The Reluctant Dragon. This is gonna be good.
It’s not. Disney’s follow-up to the one-two-three punch of Snow White, Pinocchio, and Fantasia can barely even be classified as a movie. It’s a live-action tour of a fictionalized version of Disney studios with unfunny sexist humor strewn throughout, occasionally detouring into new animated shorts.
Maybe these shorts are good, at least?
Nah. They suck. The Casey Jr. segment is at least visually interesting, and the Baby Weems short at…