the reluctant dragon
the year: 1941
the genre: comedy
The loose plot of the film features Robert Benchley trying to find (or, rather, avoid finding) Walt Disney so that he can, at the insistence of his wife, pitch to him the idea of making an animated version of the book by Kenneth Grahame. Dodging an overly officious studio guide named Humphrey, Benchley stumbles upon a number of the Disney studio operations and learns about the traditional animation process.
don't miss: the poetry slam. I still can't decide which one I like best...Sir Giles' Radish or the dragon's Upside-Down Cake.
did you know: the dragon was originally drawn with a navel which had to removed before the film could be passed, per the Hays Office censors.
Watch the entire piece (including Robert Benchley's tour of the Disney studio) here.