A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Take life in stride. Don't worry too much about the future or you won't be able to appreciate the present.
Positive Role Models
Mickey Mouse is resourceful and saves his caged friends. Donald Duck has a bad temper. Jiminy Cricket is sunny and good-natured. Mortimer Snerd and Willy the Giant are a little slow-witted, but Mortimer has a kind heart.
Violence & Scariness
A bear is chased by a much bigger and angrier bear. Lightning bolts chase him, too. He nearly falls off a cliff and then down a waterfall. It's reported that bears hit each other to show their love. A giant kidnaps a magic harp and brings doom to the Happy Valley she lived in. Farmers are starving after she goes missing. The giant tries to eat Mickey in a sandwich. He locks Goofy and Donald Duck into a box. Starving Donald threatens to kill and eat the family cow, but is stopped by Mickey and Goofy. It appears that the mean giant falls down the beanstalk to his death but he shows up again later.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Bongo the bear falls in love with Lulu Bell, a bear who is being chased by a big, jealous, and angry bear. The bears snuggle, dance, and rub noses together.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Fun and Fancy Free is a 1947 in-color Walt Disney animated compilation of two shorts, one about Bongo the escaped circus bear, the other a version of Jack and the Beanstalk adapted to feature Mickey Mouse, Jiminy Cricket, Donald Duck, and Goofy, and live-action narration by famed ventriloquist Edgar Bergen and his dummies, Charlies McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd. There's lots of cartoon violence and peril that may frighten the youngest viewers, including scary thunderstorms, angry bears, and a powerful giant. One story shows three characters who are starving. Be aware that a gleeful musical sequence states repeatedly that bears show love "with a slap," and animated bears proceed to slug each other, supposedly in the name of romantic love. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This isn't one of the best Disney works, but the hand-drawn, frame-by-frame animation is a good example of the Disney accomplishment and finesse. The artistic achievement of balancing and bouncing the rubbery Goofy on a huge block of undulating pink Jell-O is easy to appreciate. Kids who can handle the peril and cartoon violence will enjoy Fun and Fancy Free.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.