The Reluctant Dragon (movie)

1941 Disney film directed by Alfred L. Werker and Hamilton Luske

The Reluctant Dragon is a 1941 American combined live action and animated movie. It was produced by Walt Disney. It was released by RKO Radio Pictures on June 20, 1941. The movie gives a tour of the then-new Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California.

The Reluctant Dragon
Directed byAlfred Werker (live action)
Hamilton Luske (animation)
Written byLive-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 Miller
Produced byWalt Disney
StarringRobert Benchley
Frances Gifford
Buddy Pepper
Nana Bryant
Edited byPaul Weatherwax
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
January 2, 1941 (Short Movie)
June 20, 1941 (Segment)
Running time
74 minutes
CountryUnited States

The movie 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.

The first third of the movie is in black-and-white. The last two-thirds are in Technicolor. Most of the movie is live-action. There are four short animated parts. There is black-and-white part with Casey Junior from Dumbo. There are three Technicolor cartoons: Baby Weems, Goofy's How to Ride a Horse, and The Reluctant Dragon. The Reluctant Dragon is based on Kenneth Grahame's book of the same name.

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