Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The Best of The World of Wonder: Pitting a Mouse Against A Giant
Of course everyone knows the story of Jack & The Beanstalk. It's been told over and over again in all different forms. I even played a snare drum duet based on the story! One version that is extremely popular with people who are in my generation and older is the Walt Disney version, "Mickey & The Beanstalk". It was released in 1947 as part of the feature film, "Fun & Fancy Free" and has since taken on a life of its own. It has been featured on television, videos, DVDs and on record. Which brings us to today's post. This is the recorded version that accompanied the "Fun & Fancy Free" movie release. It was originally released as a 78 storybook album. Later on, with the advent of the LP, it was released on that medium as well. The most notable fact about the recorded version is that it was narrated by the popular singer and composer, Johnny Mercer. Here is Johnny Mercer telling the story of Mickey & The Beanstalk. Complete with dialogue, music and sound effects from the cartoon!
Mickey & The Beanstalk