The Reluctant Dragon

From "The Reluctant Dragon"

Release Date : June 20, 1941


A small boy would love to see a fight between a knight and a fearsome dragon. But the dragon would rather not fight and recite poetry.


Boy (unnamed)
Father (unnamed)
Reluctant Dragon
Sir Giles


Hamilton Luske
Frank Oreb
Fred Moore
Frank Madison
Walt Kelly
Edwin Aardal
Paul Murry
John Noel Tucker
Art Palmer
Ugo D'Orsi
Jack Harbaugh
Art Fitzpatrick
Wolfgang Reitherman
John Meador
Ward Kimball
George Rowley
John F. Reed
Paul B. Kossoff
George de Beeson
Ken Anderson


United States
Walt Disney Mini Classics : The Reluctant Dragon
Disneys Schönste Märchen: Micky und die Kletterbohne
The Reluctant Dragon
L'apprenti Sorcier
L'apprendista Stregone e Altre Storie
The Reluctant Dragon


United States
Mickey and the Beanstalk / The Reluctant Dragon
Mickey and the Beanstalk and The Reluctant Dragon
Behind the Scenes at Walt Disney Studio


United States
Disney Treasures : Behind the Scenes at the Walt Disney Studios
Walt Disney Animation Collection : Volume 6 : The Reluctant Dragon
It's a Small World of Fun Volume 4
Zauberhafte Marchenwelt 6
Walt Disney Le Fiabe 6
United Kingdom
Walt Disney's Fables : Volume 6

Technical Specification

Color Type: Technicolor
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.


From Ryan : I remember seeing this cartoon as a kid. I absolutely loved it. It has been quite awhile since I've seen this cartoon. I've seen videos of it, but never seen it on the Disney Channel/Toon Disney. I wonder why.
From Melanie : This is the best movie ever! I used to watch it every day as a kid. And the best line: "Poor little upside down cake, your bottom is your top!"
From Rick Hewitt : Enjoyed it the first time I saw it. Didn't realize at the time that the originally released VHS had the Disney animation walkthrough as part of it. Everyone else either added Morris the Midget Moose or left it with just Reluctant Dragon. Enjoy it even more since I've been able to pick up quite a bit or work in progress from part of the Thornton Hee (T Hee) estate through a dealer. Load of fun.
From Clara Bryant : Rating this a 10. My children are now teenagers and I had to come online to find the name of this cartoon that they LOVED as little girls. And it was The Reluctant Dragon. I am going to purchase it for them, if I can find them, to place in their hope chest for their kids one day. Love the movie.
From Baruch Weiss : I have seen this cartoon countless times on home video as part of the Mini Classics series. I enjoyed the title presentation where cartoon versions of the people who worked on the cartoon are shown and I enjoy the scene where the dragon is giving a music lesson to three birds.
From Mike Riggans : Quite a classic animation film. Ahead of it's time.
From Mike Priolo : "The Reluctant Dragon" gets my vote for the funniest Disney short ever made!