THE RELUCTANT DRAGON (Released to Theaters USA 1941)

NOTE: This short movie has been presented with a narration of how Robert Benchley tries to pitch a movie to Disney Studios and depending on the copy of the film it can be presented as a  stand-alone short film or as an inclusion with a biopic. This critique is on the stand-alone short film.

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.3|5.0 Stars

The Reluctant Dragon—comical, creative, animated short film—has that softness that marks toons before they became computer generated. It’s a terrific child/adult share that has good presentation and great portrayal of story. 

Film Poster Courtesy of Google Images 


Dragons come in all sizes and have different interactions with people. This movie examines a dragon who does not desire a negative relationship with humans. 

Additional Thanks 

Thank you to Director Alfred Werker, Hamilton Luske, Jack Cutting, Ub Iwerks, and Jack Kinney for directing effort.  Thank you to Producer Walt Disney for making the film possible. Cast includes Robert Benchley, Frances Gifford, Nana Bryant, and Buddy Pepper.

Buy a ticket
? Yes? No? Maybe? 

Yes. This animation film surprises on every level. It reverses the usual dragon image and proceeds on a movie theme that is unexpectedly entertaining. 

Video Critique Available Here:


Ben Meyers

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