|So Dear to My Heart|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by|| Harold D. Schuster |
|Produced by|| Walt Disney |
|Written by|| Ken Anderson |
John Tucker Battle
|Based on|| Midnight and Jeremiah |
by Sterling North
|Starring|| Bobby Driscoll |
|Music by||Paul Smith|
|Cinematography||Winton C. Hoch|
|Edited by||Lloyd L. Richardson|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.|
|November 29, 1948 (Chicago, Illinois)|
January 19, 1949 (Indianapolis, Indiana)
|Box office||$3.7 million (U.S. rental) $575,000 (foreign rental)|
So Dear to My Heart is a 1948 American live-action animated feature film produced by Walt Disney, released by RKO Radio Pictures. Its world premiere was in Chicago, Illinois on November 29, 1948. Like 1946's Song of the South , the film combines animation and live action. It is based on the 1943 Sterling North book Midnight and Jeremiah . The book was revised by North to parallel the film's storyline amendments and then re-issued under the same title as the film.
So Dear to My Heart was the final film appearance of Harry Carey.
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Set in Indiana in 1903, the film tells the tale of Jeremiah Kincaid (Bobby Driscoll) and his determination to raise a black-wool lamb that was once rejected by its mother. Jeremiah names the lamb Danny for the famed race horse Dan Patch (who is also portrayed in the film). Jeremiah's dream of showing Danny at the Pike County Fair must overcome the obstinate objections of his loving yet tough grandmother Granny (Beulah Bondi). Jeremiah's confidant Uncle Hiram (Burl Ives) is the boy's steady ally. Inspired by the animated figures and stories, the boy perseveres.
The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song for Burl Ives's version of the 17th-century English folk song "Lavender Blue," but lost to "Baby, It's Cold Outside" from Neptune's Daughter .
Bobby Driscoll received a special Juvenile Award from the Academy, honoring him as "the outstanding juvenile actor of 1949".(In addition to So Dear to My Heart, he had garnered critical acclaim for his dramatic performance in the RKO melodrama The Window .)
The film is recognized by American Film Institute in this list:
The train depot in the film was later relocated to Ward Kimball's Grizzly Flats Railroad in his backyard. After the railroad closed, John Lasseter relocated it to his property.
The film returned rentals to RKO by 1951 of $2,775,000 with $2,200,000 being generated in the U.S. and Canada.
The film was re-released in 1964 and earned an estimated $1.5 million in rentals in the U.S. and Canada.
So Dear to My Heart was released on home video in 1986. It was then re-released in 1992 and released on video in 1994 as part of the Walt Disney Masterpiece Collection. The film was originally planned for a US DVD release as part of the Walt Disney Gold Classic Collection, but was cancelled, with no particular reason given. Six years after seeing a region 2 DVD release, it was released in the US on DVD in July 2008 as a Disney Movie Club Exclusive.
Song of the South is a 1946 American live-action/animated musical film produced by Walt Disney and released by RKO Radio Pictures. It is based on the collection of Uncle Remus stories as adapted by Joel Chandler Harris, and stars James Baskett as Uncle Remus. The film takes place in the southern United States during the Reconstruction era, a period of American history after the end of the American Civil War and the abolition of slavery. The story follows seven-year-old Johnny who is visiting his grandmother's plantation for an extended stay. Johnny befriends Uncle Remus, one of the workers on the plantation, and takes joy in hearing his tales about the adventures of Br'er Rabbit, Br'er Fox, and Br'er Bear. Johnny learns from the stories how to cope with the challenges he is experiencing while living on the plantation.
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