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FULL SYNOPSIS

The very first Disney feature to include live-action footage, this behind-the-scenes documentary about the studio's animation process includes the cartoon short of the title, which in later years was often exhibited separately from this film. Robert Benchley stars as himself, a visitor to the Disney lot, where he intends to pitch an animated version of the children's fairy tale The Reluctant Dragon by Kenneth Grahame to Walt Disney himself. Benchley wanders away from his studio-appointed guide and tours the facilities himself, where he sees various new cartoons in the process of being storyboarded, including a Baby Weems short. Benchley also meets Clarence Nash, the voice of Donald Duck, and a young animator (played by Alan Ladd) before being corralled to Disney's screening room, where he is shown the company's new short, none other than The Reluctant Dragon. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast

Robert Benchley
as Himself
Frances Gifford
as Doris Studio Artist
Nana Bryant
as Mrs. Benchley
Claud Allister
as Sir Giles
Barnett Parker
as Dragon
Billy Lee
as Little Boy
Clarence Nash
as Donald Duck
Ward Kimball
as Himself
Alan Ladd
as Animator
Hamilton MacFadden
Maurice Murphy
Pinto Colvig
as Goofy
Jeff Corey
as Animator
John Dehner
Gerald Mohr
as Baby Weems Narrator
Gerald Mohr
as Guard
Frank Churchill
as Himself
Walt Disney
as Himself
Lester Dorr
as Slim
Frank Faylen
as Orchestra Leader
Fred Moore
as Himself
Edward Marr
as Walter Winchell in Baby Weems
Clarence Nash
as Himself
Edward Marr
as Walter Winchell in Baby Weems
Fred Moore
as Himself
Frank Churchill
as Himself
Frank Faylen
as Orchestra Leader
Lester Dorr
as Slim
Pinto Colvig
as Goofy
Walt Disney
as Himself
Jeff Corey
as Animator
Gerald Mohr
as Baby Weems Narrator
Gerald Mohr
as Guard

Crew

Alfred L. Werker
Director
Larry Clemmons
Screenwriter
Ted Sears
Screenwriter
William Cottrell
Screenwriter
Bill Cottrell
Screenwriter
Robert Benchley
Screenwriter
Winton Hoch
Cinematographer
Bert Glennon
Cinematographer
Frank Churchill
Composer (Music Score)
Larry Morey
Composer (Music Score)
Paul Weatherwax
Editor
Hugh Hennesy
Art Director
Charles Philippi
Art Director
Joshua Meador
Special Effects
Ub Iwerks
Special Effects
Wolfgang Reitherman
Animator
Walt Kelly
Animator
Ward Kimball
Animator
Milt Neil
Animator
Jim Handley
Animator
Joshua Meador
Animator
Harvey Toombs
Animator
Hugh Hennesy
Animator
Claude Smith
Animator
Fred Moore
Animator
Ford I. Beebe
Animator
Hamilton Luske
Animator
Charles Philippi
Animator
Kenneth Grahame
Short Story Author
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