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The Brave Engineer

A Special Cartoon

Release Date : March 3, 1950

Running Time : 7:39

Synopsis

A fanciful resetting of the tale of Casey Jones who, through all sorts of dangers and trials, always brings his train in on time (at least, what's left of it.)

Characters

Casey Jones

Credits

Director
Jack Kinney
Animation
Milt Kahl
Fred Moore
Al Bertino
Effects Animation
Andy Engman
Layout
Don da Gradi
Ray Huffine
Story
Dick Kinney
Dick Shaw
Music
Ken Darby
Narration
Jerry Colonna

Source

Based on the story "Casey Jones"

Bloopers

After the conductor says "So long," he jumps off the train. But in the next far-away shot, he is back on the train.

Cut Scenes

A scene featuring train robbers brandishing guns and knives has been editied out.

Video

United States
Cartoon Classics : First Series : Volume 12 : Disney's Tall Tales
Germany
Donald Total Verliebt
France
Disney Festival
Italy
Paperino Pippo Pluto e …

Laserdiscs

Japan
Disney Cartoon Festival 7

DVD

United States
American Legends
Disney Rarities: Celebrated Shorts, 1920s - 1960s

Television

The Ink and Paint Club: Episode 57: From Zero to Hero
Mickey's Mouse Tracks: Episode 38

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.

Comments

From Ryan : I find this to be quite a fun musical short. I remember singing this song back in school. This was long before I saw this cartoon. Aside from the music, I also enjoy the animation.
From Gabe Bennett : At the time this short was released, Janie, widow of the real Casey Jones, and Simm Webb, the African-American fireman who was with him the night he died, were both very much alive. I would be interested in knowing what they might have thought of this cartoon.

Personally, though, The Brave Engineer has always been one of my favorite Disney shorts. I think its an absolute shame that we've gotten so thin-skinned in this country that we can't even show a brief two-second scene of train robbers brandishing a knife or gun. I mean, that's just ridiculous!

Someone needs to put a stop to all this PC-editing before its too late.


From Baruch Weiss : Not a bad cartoon! Jerry Colonna, who also voiced the March Hare in "Alice in Wonderland" is great as the narrator!
From C.J. : This is by far my favorite short!
From David : Nice cartoon!

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