So Dear to My Heart

1948

Animation / Drama / Family / Musical

IMDb Rating 6.7/10 10 1682 1.7K

Director

Top cast

Luana Patten as Tildy
Beulah Bondi as Granny Kincaid
Matt Willis as Mr. Burns - Horse Trainer
Thurl Ravenscroft as Bull / Robert Bruce
720p.BLU
754.5 MB
986*720
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 22 min
Seeds 12

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MovieAddict2016 8 / 10

It's dear to my heart...

Enjoyable Disney romp about a young boy who dreams of aquiring his own lamb--and even draws cartoon images of one--and then finally gets one, only to find out that they're much harder to take care of than he had ever dreamed. Touching, sweet, sappy, corny, and more often than not quite likable, this Disney classic will entertain your entire family and leave you feeling happy. It ain't great but it's decent enough. (I've owned a copy for years, and that says something.)

****/*****

Reviewed by bkoganbing 8 / 10

To Get To The County Fair

One of the most enduring products from the Magic Kingdom is So Dear To My Heart still retains its charm after 62 years. It's a very simple story about a young lad trying to earn enough money to get to the Pike County Fair at the turn of the last century. Young Bobby Driscoll aided and abetted by Luana Patten wants to get his lamb Danny to the County Fair and get awarded the first prize.

Young Danny came by his name because of a passing visit to their town of the Great Dan Patch legendary trotting horse champion from back in those days. He is literally the black sheep of the family with a fine coat of black wool. He also has no pedigree to speak of and that's important in these county fair events. Still Driscoll is full of hope.

He also has to convince is grandmother/guardian Beulah Bondi, a kindly and pious woman who's not really into wasting money on frivolities. For that the kids rely on Burl Ives, village blacksmith with a continual song for all occasions.

This film marked the farewell performance of Harry Carey who has a small role as the judge at the County Fair. So Dear To My Heart features a nice musical score by Elliot Daniel and Hy Morey which includes the Oscar nominated Lavendar Blue which Burl Ives delivers in a straightforward style. The song lost however to Baby It's Cold Outside from Neptune's Daughter.

The ensemble cast is great, especially the kids. Hard to believe what eventually happened with Bobby Driscoll, he looks so innocent here. Still that's the power of film, to freeze time and images that were more favorable.

After 62 years a great family film.

Reviewed by planktonrules 9 / 10

Exceptionally well made schmaltzy Americana.

"So Dear to My Heart" is the sort of unabashed bit of schmaltz that Disney did very well and which you would never see today. It's pure Americana--the sort of perfectly groomed and manicured America that Walt Disney himself wanted to promote--and which he later promoted with Disneyland and Disneyworld. It represents a look at a time and place that isn't realistic--it's more hyper-idealized and sweet--and it's pure nostalgia. Some might balk at this sort of thing--I felt like it was an incredibly sweet film.

The story is about a boy (Bobby Discoll) and his pet lamb. It's also a parable about hard work, determination and good old fashioned values. And, it culminates with the lamb going to the county fair.

When the film was tested, audiences didn't like that there was no animation as they expected animation in a Disney film. I really do NOT think it was needed and the animated sequences are completely unnecessary for the film, though they have a certain charm. I think they weren't needed because the film had so much going for it already--great acting by Driscoll (a very talented child actor), Beulah Bondi and Burl Ives, some AMAZING cinematography (with amazing shots of forests and meadows) and a nice but very simple script. It's a great film for kids--especially because of its healthy messages and an unusually strong religious message for a Disney film. Well worth seeing for all ages.

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