THE RELUCTANT DRAGON (Released to Theaters USA 1941)

Note: This critique is on the biopic about how Robert Benchley pitched The Reluctant Dragon to Walt Disney Studios. 

Ben Meyers’ Rating: 4.4|5.0 Starsìììì 

The Reluctant Dragon— is a fictional biopic on how Robert Benchley pitched The Reluctant Dragon to Walt Disney, with a tour of the Disney production staff, studios, and how they make cartoons. This film is wonderful and tells a wonderful story. An easy way to explore the background of what it takes to make a cartoon, to meet some of the actors who make Donald Duck and Pluto live on screen. Watch for the special cameo appearance of Walt Disney himself. This is one of the better biopics on the market.

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Robert Benchley, with his wife's tremendous encouragement, reluctantly tries to pitch his book, The Reluctant Dragon to Walt Disney studios.

Additional Thanks 

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

Buy a ticket
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Yes. This is a wonderful biopic and tells a wonderful story. It is great to see what makes Disney Studios work and what goes into the production of some of this studio's most iconic characters and cartoons.

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Ben Meyers


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