Thursday, May 8, 2014

Books on Screen

The Reluctant Dragon

In the 40's, Disney created a number of short films including this one based on a short story by Kenneth Grahame. While the movie lacks the elegance of the original story it remains true to the spirit of the tale and adds a bit more humor. The dragon's head-tuft things are quite expressive and a joy to watch. There were a few changes made that I didn't quite understand (like replacing Saint George with the generic Sir Giles) but that doesn't really detract from the movie on the whole. The cartoon is only about 20 minutes but is preceded by an inside look at Disney animation studios at the time and includes the Goofy short "How to ride a horse."

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