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The Reluctant Dragon

Original theatrical poster for The Reluctant Dragon
Directed by Alfred J. Werker (live action)
Hamilton Luske (animation)
Produced by Walt Disney
Written by Live-action:
Ted Sears
Al Perkins
Larry Clemmons
Bill Cottrell
Harry Clork
Robert Benchley (uncredited)
The Reluctant Dragon segment:
Kenneth Grahame (original book)
Erdman Penner
T. Hee
Baby Weems segment:
Joe Grant
Dick Huemer
John P. Miller
Starring Robert Benchley
Frances Gifford
Buddy Pepper
Nana Bryant
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) June 20th, 1941 (USA)
Country  United States
Language English
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The Reluctant Dragon is an animated film produced by Walt Disney, directed by Alfred J. Werker, and released by RKO Radio Pictures on June 20th, 1941. Essentially a tour of the then-new Walt Disney Studios facility in Burbank, California, the film stars radio comedian Robert Benchley and many Disney staffers such as Ward Kimball, Fred Moore, Norman Ferguson, Clarence Nash, and Walt Disney, all as themselves. Image File history File links Reluctant_Dragon. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... Date of Birth: 13 March 1900 Massachusetts, USA Date of Death: 22 August 1958 Los Angeles County, California,USA Walt & Lily Disney along with many members of the Disney company attended his wedding. ... Al Perkins (Born August 1, 1933) is a Texas born American guitarist. ... William Billy Jensen Cottrell (born 1980) is a former Ph. ... Robert Charles Benchley (September 15, 1889 – November 21, 1945) was an American humorist best known for his work as a newspaper columnist and film actor. ... Kenneth Grahame Kenneth Grahame (March 8, 1859 – July 6, 1932) was a Scottish novelist. ... Thorton Hee (26 March 1911 - 30 October 1988) was an animator, director, and teacher. ... Joe Grant (May 15, 1908 - May 6, 2005) was a Disney artist and writer. ... Dick Huemer (January 2, 1898 New York — November 30, 1979 Burbank) was an animater in the Animation Golden Age. ... Austin Miller (born June 7, 1976) is an American actor, dancer, and singer, known for television and stage performances. ... Robert Charles Benchley (September 15, 1889 – November 21, 1945) was an American humorist best known for his work as a newspaper columnist and film actor. ... Frances Gifford Mary Frances Gifford (December 7, 1920 - January 16, 1994) was an American actress who played leads and supporting roles in many 1930s and 40s movies. ... The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ... June 20 is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 194 days remaining. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ... The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ... June 20 is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 194 days remaining. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... Tour may mean: Concert tour, series of performances in different markets Tourism, travel for pleasure James Tour, nanoscientist Le Tour de France, the worlds biggest bicycle race This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... ... Burbank is a city in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ... Robert Charles Benchley (September 15, 1889 – November 21, 1945) was an American humorist best known for his work as a newspaper columnist and film actor. ... Firehouse Five Plus Two LP album cover. ... Fred Moore was an American character animator for Walt Disney Productions, best known for being the resident specialist of the animation of Mickey Mouse. ... Clarence Ducky Nash (December 7, 1904–February 20, 1985) was an American voice actor, best known for providing the voice of Donald Duck for Walt Disney Studios. ... For the company founded by Disney, see The Walt Disney Company. ...


The first third of the film is in black-and-white, the remaining two-thirds are in Technicolor. Most of the film is live-action, with four short animated segments inserted into the running time: a black-and-white segment featuring Casey Junior from Dumbo; and three Technicolor cartoons: Baby Weems, Goofy's How to Ride a Horse, and the extended-length short The Reluctant Dragon, based upon Kenneth Graham's book of the same name. Black-and-white or black and white) can refer to a general term used in photography, film, and other media (see black-and-white). ... Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ... In film and video, live action refers to works that are acted out by human actors, as opposed to animation. ... Short subject is an American film industry term that historically has referred to any film in the format of two reels, or approximately 20 minutes running time, or less. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... Dumbo is a 1941 animated feature film produced by Walt Disney and first released on October 23, 1941 by RKO Radio Pictures. ... This article is about the Disney character. ... Kenneth Grahame (March 8, 1859 – July 6, 1932) was a British writer, mainly of the sort of fiction and fantasy written for children but enjoyed equally if not more by adults. ... The Reluctant Dragon movie poster The Reluctant Dragon is a 1898 childrens book by Kenneth Grahame (originally published as a chapter in his book Dream Days), which served as the key element to The Reluctant Dragon, a 1941 feature film from Walt Disney Productions. ...

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Studio operations toured by Benchley in the film

The loose plot of the film features Robert Benchley trying to find (or, rather, avoid finding) Walt Disney so that he can, at the insistence of his wife, pitch to him the idea of making an animated version of Kenneth Graham's book. Dodging a Nazi-like studio guide named Humphrey (played by Buddy Pepper), Benchley stumbles upon a number of the Disney studio operations and learns about the traditional animation process, some of the facets of which are explained by a staff employee named Doris (Francis Gifford): Nazism in history Nazi ideology Nazism and race Outside Germany Related subjects Lists Politics Portal         Nazism or National Socialism (German: Nationalsozialismus), refers primarily to the ideology and practices of the Nazi Party (National Socialist German Workers Party, German: Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei or NSDAP) under Adolf Hitler. ... Traditional animation, also referred to as classical animation, cel animation, or hand-drawn animation, is the oldest and historically the most popular form of animation. ...

  • The life drawing classroom, where animators learn to caricature people and animals by observing the real thing.
  • A film score and voice recording session featuring Clarence Nash, the voice of Donald Duck, and Florence Gill, the voice of Clara Cluck
  • A foley session for a cartoon featuring Casey Junior from Dumbo. Doris demonstrates the sonovox in this scene, which was used to create the train's voice.
  • The camera room, featuring a demonstration of the multiplane camera. Upon Benchley's entering the camera room, the film turns from black-and-white to Technicolor (ala The Wizard of Oz), prompting the droll Benchley to (breaking the fourth wall) examine his now red-and-blue tie and his yellow copy of the Reluctant Dragon storybook and comment, "Ahh...Technicolor!" When Doris arrives to show him around the camera room, she asks Benchley if he remembers her. His answer: "yes, but you look so much different in Technicolor!" Donald Duck appears on the camera stand to help explain the mechanics of animation and animation photography.
  • The ink-and-paint department, including a Technicolor-showcasing montage of the paint-making process. Doris presents a completed cel of the titular character from Bambi.
  • The maquette-making department, which makes maquettes (small statues) to help the animators envision a character from all sides. Some of the maquettes on display included Aunt Sarah, Si, and Am from Lady and the Tramp and Captain Hook and Tinkerbell from Peter Pan; both films were in development at this time, but would be delayed by World War II and not completed until the 1950s. Also on display is a black centaurette from Fantasia, which Benchley steals. The employee on duty makes Benchley a maquette of himself, which many years later was purchased and owned by Warner Bros. director Chuck Jones.
  • The storyboard department, where a group of storymen (one of whom is portrayed by Alan Ladd) test their idea for a new short on Benchley: Baby Weems. The story is shown to the audience in the form of an animatic, or a story reel, using limited animation, and is considered among the Disney studio's best (if unsung) works. Alfred Werker, loaned out by 20th Century Fox to direct this film, later became the first outside film director to use the storyboard, which the Disney staff had developed from predecessive illustrated scripts during the early-1930s.
  • The room of animators Ward Kimball, Fred Moore, and Norm Ferguson. Benchley watches Kimball animating Goofy, and Ferguson animating Pluto. He and the audiences are also treated to a preview of a new Goofy cartoon, How to Ride a Horse, the first of the many how-to parodies in the Goofy series. RKO releases How to Ride a Horse as a stand-alone short on February 24th, 1950.
  • Humphrey, who has been one step behind Benchley the entire film, finally apprehends him and delivers him in person to Walt Disney, who is in the studio projection room about to screen a newly completed film. Disney invited Benchley to join them; to Benchley's slight embarrassment yet relief, the film they screen is a two-reel (twenty minute) short based upon the very book Benchley wanted Walt to adapt, The Reluctant Dragon.

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The Reluctant Dragon segment

The cartoon starts with an introduction by the narrator of the story. We are introduced to one of the main characters: The Boy, who is reading a book about knights and bloodthirsty dragons. His father comes rushing by, claiming to have seen a monster. The Boy reassures his father that it was only a dragon, to which the father panics and runs to the village in fear.


The Boy then goes to the Dragon's lair, where he is confronted not by a ferocious beast, but a shy, poetry spouting creature. The Boy, though surprised at seeing what a nice creature the Dragon is, befriends him.


When he arrives back at the village, the Boy discovers that Sir Giles the Dragon slayer has arrived. He runs to tell the Dragon that he should fight him, only to be left disappointed when the Dragon announces that he never fights.


The Boy visits Sir Giles, and it is revealed that Sir Giles is an old man. The Boy tells Sir Giles that the Dragon will never fight and they decide to visit him.

Sir Giles and the boy meet the Dragon for a picnic, in a scene from The Reluctant Dragon.

Sir Giles and the Boy visit the Dragon while he is having a picnic. It turns out that Sir Giles also loves to make up poetry, so The Dragon and Sir Giles serenade each other. The Boy then decides to recite a poem, then shouts about wanting the Dragon and Sir Giles to fight. The Dragon leaves but is persuaded back out of his cave when he is flattered by Sir Giles. Sir Giles and the Dragon eventually decide to fight, but as Sir Giles and the Boy leave, the Dragon has second thoughts. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ...


The next day, the villagers have gathered to watch the fight. Sir Giles arrives waiting for the Dragon.


Inside his cave, the Dragon is too scared to fight. He cannot breathe fire. An insult from the Boy leads to the Dragon getting angry and eventually spitting flames. The Dragon jumps for joy as he is now ferocious.


The fight starts. Sir Giles chases the Dragon around with his sword, and inside the cave, drink tea and make noises to make it seem they are fighting. Out in the open, they charge at each other, creating a cloud. Inside they dance, and Sir Giles reveals that it is time for the Dragon to be slain, but only for pretend, to which the Dragon gets excited. Sir Giles places his lance under the Dragon's arm, then the Dragon jumps out of the cloud and performs a dramatic death scene.


The story ends with the Dragon being accepted into society, to which the Dragon recites a poem:

"I promise not to rant or roar, and scourge the countryside anymore!"

Release and reaction

The film was released in the middle of the Disney animators' strike of 1941. Strikers picketed the film's premiere with signs that attacked Disney for unfair business practices, low pay, lack of recognition, and favoritism. Critics and audiences were put off by the fact that the film was not a new Disney animated feature in the vein of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs or Pinocchio, but essentially a collection of four short cartoons and various live-action vignettes. The Reluctant Dragon cost $600,000 to make, but only returned $400,000 from the box office. The bitter animators strike of 1941 at Walt Disney Studios was a psychological turning point within the company. ... For other uses, see 1941 (disambiguation). ... Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 animated feature, the first produced by Walt Disney. ... Pinocchio is the second animated feature in the Disney animated features canon. ... The term box office can refer to either: A place where tickets are sold to the public for admission to a venue The amount of business a particular production, such as a movie or theatre show, does. ...


Disney released the film on VHS in 1991. On December 3rd, 2002, it was released on both VHS and DVD, alongside two short subject studio tours and three episodes of the Disneyland television show, as Walt Disney Treasures: Behind the Magic at the Disney Studio. Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... December 3 is the 337th (in leap years the 338th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Bottom view of VHS cassette with magnetic tape exposed Top view of VHS cassette with front casing removed The Video Home System, better known by its abbreviation VHS, is a recording and playing standard. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... The first incarnation of the Walt Disney anthology series, commonly called The Wonderful World of Disney, premiered on ABC on October 27, 1954 under the name Disneyland. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ...


In 2007, it was again released on DVD, this time as a Disney Movie Club exclusive DVD, available only to club members for mail or online ordering.


See also

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