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The Reluctant Dragon

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

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

Movie NR 1941 73 minutes
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A Great classic

My 7 year old was very intrigued by this movie

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Long before Pixar and computer animation entered the picture, this charming evocation of a long-gone time showed how animated features were made, back in 1941. In spite of some of its general datedness, the film should prove fascinating to families and potentially inspiring to kids interested in learning the art of animation.

Sketches and storyboards, Technicolor and sound effects, editing and character voices -- all these and more are explored as the humorist Robert Benchley leads us from department to department. It's a nonstop glimpse into the endless creativity of the "golden years" of Disney animation and a delightful education for both parents and kids.

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