The Reluctant Dragon

The Reluctant Dragon (1941)

The big feature show with a thousand surprises!

  • Genre: Family, Animation, Comedy, Fantasy
  • Release Date: 1941-06-19
  • User Rating: 6.6/10 from 133 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 14min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Walt Disney Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Directors: Hamilton Luske, Alfred L. Werker.
star 6.7/10
From 133 Ratings


Humorist Robert Benchley attempts to find Walt Disney to ask him to adapt a short story about a gentle dragon who would rather recite poetry than be ferocious. Along the way, he is given a tour of Walt Disney Studios, and learns about the animation process.

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  • Robert Benchley

    as Robert Benchley
  • Frances Gifford

    as Doris
  • Buddy Pepper

    as Humphrey
  • Nana Bryant

    as Mrs. Benchley
  • Claud Allister

    as Sir Giles (segment "The Reluctant Dragon") (voice)
  • Barnett Parker

    as Dragon (segment "The Reluctant Dragon") (voice)
  • Billy Lee

    as Boy (segment "The Reluctant Dragon") (voice)
  • Florence Gill

    as Clara Cluck (voice) / Florence Gill
  • Clarence Nash

    as Donald Duck (voice) / Clarence Nash
  • Norman Ferguson

    as Norman Ferguson
  • Ward Kimball

    as Ward Kimball
  • Jimmy Luske

    as Baby Weems Model
  • Alan Ladd

    as Baby Weems Storyboard Artist
  • Truman Woodworth

    as Truman Woodworth
  • Hamilton MacFadden

    as Hamilton MacFadden
  • Maurice Murphy

    as Baby Weems Storyboard Artist
  • John Dehner

    as Baby Weems Storyboard Artist (uncredited)
  • Walt Disney

    as Walt Disney (uncredited)
  • Frank Faylen

    as Orchestra Leader (uncredited)
  • Gerald Mohr

    as Studio Guard / Narrator (segment "Baby Weems") (voice) (uncredited)
Production Walt Disney Producer
Writing Ted Sears Screenplay
Sound Frank Churchill Original Music Composer
Directing Hamilton Luske Director
Camera Bert Glennon Director of Photography
Camera Winton C. Hoch Director of Photography
Visual Effects Wolfgang Reitherman Animation
Writing Larry Clemmons Screenplay
Art Ken Anderson Art Direction
Writing William Cottrell Screenplay
Directing Alfred L. Werker Director
Visual Effects Ward Kimball Animation
Editing Paul Weatherwax Editor
Writing Kenneth Grahame Story
Visual Effects Frank Oreb Animation
Visual Effects George Rowley Animation
Visual Effects Edwin Aardal Animation
Visual Effects Joshua Meador Animation
Visual Effects Art Palmer Animation
Visual Effects Fred Moore Animation
Art Charles Philippi Art Direction
Visual Effects Art Fitzpatrick Animation
Art Hugh Hennesy Art Direction
Sound Larry Morey Original Music Composer
Visual Effects John F. Reed Animation
Visual Effects Ugo D'Orsi Animation
Visual Effects Jack Harbaugh Animation
Visual Effects George de Beeson Animation
Visual Effects John Noel Tucker Animation
Visual Effects Walt Kelly Animation
Visual Effects Paul B. Kossoff Animation
Writing Harry Clork Screenplay
Writing Al Perkins Screenplay
Art Earl Wooden Set Decoration
Visual Effects Fred Madison Animation
Visual Effects Paul Murry Animation
Production Earl Rettig Production Manager